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Western SD circa 1920's haying time

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Feb 14, 2005
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Western South Dakota
Here's the pictures, if they work!


Let me know if these work or not
Thanks TX!

The feller stackin' is Grampa and the boys are my Dad and two uncles. In one, you can see one of the boys driving the stacker team. Dad always said that that was the first job you got as a child, during haying time.

I think Gramma must have taken these. When I found the negatives they were in a package that showed that it cost $.40 to get them developed. When I had them developed a couple of years ago, they cost about $5 per picture. The negatives were about 4 by 6 inches in size. Talk about inflation! Of course, $.40 was nothing to sneeze at in the 20's!

In the 30's Dad said you could get a quart of moonshine and a dance ticket for $.50 and get drunk, sick and puke and just have a hell of a good time!

:shock: :eek: :lol:
Thanks for the pics, JB! Haying methods have sure changed a lot in less than 100 yrs. When I was a kid it was the era of Ford 8Ns, JD #5 mowers, and power sweeps. I have a pic around here somewhere of me raking with the 8N and 6 wheel Farmhand wheel rake when I was about 6 years old. Dad put me on the power sweep when I was 7. It was a reversed '50 Chevy half-ton pickup. With a 4sp trans it had better power and gearing than the old cars that were made into sweeps.

Most advanced sweep I ever saw had hydraulics to run the pushoff and lift the points of the teeth. Had a regular Farmhand hay basket on it. Your neighbors with the hay down by the church bought it. I ran that sweep quite a bit for the previous owner. Hard for me to get used to the RH drive, just didn't seem "right"! :D
Thanks Frenchie! How do you do it, just cut and paste?

Not sure what you mean about the sorrel Brad, but then I don't know what any of the horses would be for sure. I do know that Dad drove Deck and Dan on the stacker and that Deck was a smaller faster moving black horse and Dan was bigger and slower, but the difference in their legs made them travel together. Great Grampa and Grama drove them out here from Iowa with a wagon and their belongings on it. And Grampa rode and drove the same horses.

Not too sure who you mean that got the sweep John, but is the son the same age as me? And only has one sister and no brothers?

The cottonwood trees in the picture are now behind my house and many are dying as they were planted about 1918 or 1919. Most grew Dad said, but they are getting old now. So I am planting more behind them. And watering them, I might add! :lol:
JB, I'll PM you on the history of that particular sweep!

Another rancher invention we need to mention (hey am I a poet? :D ) is truck stackers! Did you see the truck stacker at that auction we were at a few weeks ago? It was around on the east side of the machine shed. Think it was an old GMC truck. Had a Junior Farmhand on it. Never saw one quite like that. Guy who built most of the sweeps in the country had a old Ford truck reversed with cab and a Johnson loader. I've seen a few truck stackers with regular and A-frame Farmhands on them.

Most unusual of all was a combination reversed truck/tractor stacker I saw at a sale out by Sundance. F10 Farmhand mounted on a reversed JD A tractor. Had the tractor engine and drive train and tractor drive wheels with a truck sub-frame and steering axle instead of the narrow front from the A. Looked to me like it would take some getting used to. Operator sat in a seat directly in front of the radiator. Had pedals rigged to run the individual tractor brakes and to run the hand clutch. A shifting linkage ran back to the tractor shifter. Seems like the hydraulic pump ran directly off the tractor flywheel somehow for live hydraulics. A truly unique machine!

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