Sounds of the Farm

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 08
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1976
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325605
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Title Sounds of the Farm
Description Papa made arrangements with Gunner Gunderson, with Jim Thompson, or with Jim Monson to bring the big steam engine and thresher to our farm on a day when neighboring farmers could swap work. It took quite a lot of men to handle the big job, even though the threshing machine owners brought along their own fireman, separator boss, and water man. The separator boss was an important man, for he was the one who regulated the chute which poured grain into sacks and the chute which directed straw to the stacks. He also kept the machinery running smoothly and resolved problems which arose. Sometimes the grain was damp from rain or from dew, and as the bundles went through, the machine let out a loud, belching groan which sounded almost human. The fireman appeared on the scene early in the morning to fire up, to get the steam going, and to check the screen funnel which kept sparks from flying into the straw stacks. Threshing day was a big day for Mamma, what with having to cook and set tables and do dishes for fifteen to twenty hungry men. She cooked for days, getting the dinner ready. One reason the men liked coming to our place during threshing season was because of the abundant, good food which Mamma served. Papa always killed a nice, fat sheep for the occasion, for juicy, tender mutton chops were dinner favorites. In addition, Mamma fed the men fried ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn-on-the-cob and other home-grown vegetables, homemade bread, freshly churned butter, homemade pies and cakes, and gallons of hot coffee and cold milk. Mostly everyone came up for seconds. The kitchen smells temporarily gave precedence over the thresher sounds, come noontime. Neighbor ladies gave Mamma a hand, and all of we kids stayed home from school to help out whereever we were needed. Before sitting down at the big kitchen table, however, the workers stopped to wash up in a tub of hot water placed on a wooden bench, along with bars of homemade soap and Fels Naptha soap and towels made from discarded seamless sacks. Noon-time was a relaxing time for the men. The sounds of water splashing over their faces, the sounds of their laughing and joking and talking in loud voices are memorable recollections. The grain was disposed of in various ways, after being threshed, and the straw was blown into stacks to be drawn from later. Barley and oats were stored in granary bins and periodi-cally taken to the mill to be ground for sheep and cattle feed. Most of the wheat went into Bemis seamless sacks bearing Papa's cattle brand, H, with a bar under. (M) As each sack was filled, -14-
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Identifier 024_Sounds of the Farm.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 325572
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