Threshing Machines & Cook Shacks
There was mention of memories of Threshing Machines and Cook Shacks in our Archives of the "OkieLegacy Ezine, " Vol. 8, Iss. 5 -- 2006-02-04, when Earl Fugit remembers, "In the 1940's I worked on Jay Leepers Thrashing crew. The grain bundles were brought to the thrashing machine on slat sleds pulled by tractors.
"The bundles were dropped beside the thrashing machine by stretching a chain across the bundles and pulling the slat shed forward. The slat sled would the go back to the field to get another load. I had the job of using a bundle fork to pitch the bundles into the front of the thrasher.
"It was hard work but Jays wife fed us good 5 times a day. Breakfast at the house, Sandwiches and lemonade in the field at about 9:30 or 10a.m., Lunch back at the house. More sandwiches and a cold drink mid-afternoon and a big supper at the house after we came in from the field. Another nice thing Jay insisted that after lunch we rested under a big shade tree for a 1/2 hour or so before going back to the field."
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