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Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 3
Date 04/07/1901
Place South Tulip near 6th Avenue
Description Haying crew on hillside above Tulip Street at about 6th Avenue. Man carrying a beer keg, flags on cook wagon. The Lehners owned the haying machine. Haying machines created bales of hay. Laborers would feed the hay into the machine and the machine would press the hay into bales. This mechanized hay baler was an improvement over the horse-drawn hay press in use since the mid-1800s.

Attached notes:

George and Oscar Lehner bought a new full circle horse power baler in the summer of 1901. They also had a derrick wagon, large hay fork, double pulley blocks and a long rope with a team of horses to operate the outfit.

A roustabout wagon contained wire, barrels of water and feeding racks for the horses. Also the men's rolls of bedding, the groceries and water for the cook-wagon, and the portable wash bench were on board.

"The wash bench with a mirror hung on the side of the cook-wagon to enable the men to see if they had removed enough dirt from their faces to be recognized at the table.

As the the 4th of July drew near, the younger brother, Oscar, persuaded the men to work on the holiday by promising the special delivery of a ten gallon keg of beer from San Diego.

The picture shows the cook-wagon and men washing up. In the distance is a man approaching with the keg of beer. Flags fly on the cook-wagon.
Event Harvesting the Hay
Copyright Escondido History Center
Search Terms Agriculture
People Hatch, H. Paul
Lehner, George
Lehner, Oscar
Subjects Agriculture
Classification Agriculture