Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring planting

Millard Mills, left, with a neighbor boy, Gene, getting his crops planted. I don't know much about farming, and even less about farming in the 1930s and 1940s, but it looks like Millard is using a device to level out the soil and remove rocks and lumps while Gene has the planter that contains seeds.

Millard was the son of Jesse and Onady Mills.


Anonymous said...

Yep, the guy on the left is using a harrow, also called a top harrow.
The other guy is using a planter as you said. I've walked many miles behind those devices.

James A.

Ken Dulaney said...

Mona, you might not believe this, but I have used both of these devices although I am not sure why. Lowell had me work the garden when I was a teen, behind a a horse just like this. I can say that it was very hard work and very hot! It gave me a healthy respect for those who did this every day. I only had to do it a couple of times and am glad that is all I had to do.

You and Don are very good at taking us back in time. Great post and awesome photo. Thank you!

Mona Robinson Mills said...

Ken, that is one job I don't think I would want. You are probably one of the few people in our generation that has ever had the pleasure of such work!

Mona Robinson Mills said...

James, thanks for sharing. Now I've learned something!