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By Teeny McMunn
The Times 

Feeding the Crew in the Days Before Tractors

Barbara Cockburn Danforth shares stories of what harvest was like in the 1930s


Historic photo courtesy of Joe Drazen

This photo shows a cook wagon and crew during harvest at an unknown location, more than a century ago.

Last year, when I talked to ladies about harvest and cooking, I missed Barbara Cockburn Danforth, as she was not available. Her daughter, Susie Payne, shared that her mom was brought up in the days of mules pulling the harvest equipment, so I was looking forward to hearing about those times. As one who didn't live through those times, I'm always impressed at how much work they did and how little they complained.

Barbara told me her folks (Jack and Ada Cockburn) moved to Waitsburg in 1928, and they rented one of the Neace farms. The Neace family was one of the earlier settlers and seem to h...

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