During the 1920s farmers stacked hay loose, versus in bales like today. Before combustion engines, hay was cut with scythes, raked by hand, loaded with hayforks and stored in a bark or someplace dry until it was fed to the livestock.
Hay bailors didn’t come onto the scene until the 1930s and even then not everyone around Eatonville (especially the small farmer) could afford one right off. My grandparents were still stacking it loose into the 1950s.
Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.
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