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Bailing Hay for Merrit Buchanan

Story ID:5861
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Story
Location:Hemet CA USA
Person:Hayseed Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Yesterday I remember when--Chad

Merrit Buchanan called me to help with the baling. I would sit in the dust and poke wires through the wooden spacers and the man on the other side would tie them by hand and another one would stack the bales on the sled pulled behind the baler.

The sled was four 2 by 12's tied together by a board in the front. Now the boards were spaced so you could push them off the sled when you got the sled loaded with a bar. You drove the bar into the ground and the tractor helped you get them off so you could load it again.

Merrit's wife would drive the tractor either on, the baler or on on the windrower. Women were common in the hay fields and also when the plowing started in the fall. As I remember we got paid by the bale .02 cents a bale. Never got rich here either.