This is the Kjelstad farmback around 1946 and Steve Burwash (today 93 years old) in the middle of a pig slaughter. (Yes, you have to get your bacon somewhere.)
Behind him in the brooder house where they raised the small chicks. The second photo is the brooder house today — almost 70 years later.
Other things to note: Frank, the beloved horse, in gear for working on the farm. Also, the pipes to Steve’s left were probably used for drainage. Steve said they used pipe to help with valley flooding. You’ll find old drainage pipes like these around many of the Ohop Valleyfarms.
Photo courtesy of the Burwash family and Diane Mettler.
This little barrel owned by Steve Burwash came from the Christensen storemany years back. Steve says that when he played in a little band, his son Martin Burwash used it as a stool.
The barrel still faintly shows the Christensen name, as well as Eatonville, and Washington Street. When I asked Steve (who is now 93) what came in the barrel, he didn’t know but said, “Pickles used to come in a barrel like that.”
This barrel, I believe, will be donated to the Eatonville museum (aka the little cabin out by Mill Pond).
“On the top (the oldest) is Theodore Peterson. Helen Peterson is on his right and Carleton Peterson is on his left. Pearl Peterson is the girl in the center and the baby is Alice Peterson, my mother,” says Linda Lewis.
Linda says her mother was born January 20, 1917.
Pete is the son of pioneer Torger Perterson and was raised on Ohop Valley.
“My dad on the horse drawn tedder,” says his daughter Mary Burwash Chalberg. “I think the horse in the picture is old Frank, but I’m not 100 percent sure.”
Some of you may already know what a tedder is, but if not, here’s the Wikipedia definition: A tedder (also called hay tedder) is a machine used in haymaking. It is used after cutting and before windrowing, and uses moving forks to aerate or “wuffle” the hay and thus speed-up the process of hay-making.