Monday, May 11, 2009

May 11 thru May 14, 1886

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Tuesday - Henry and Omar finish up the 6 acres of oats on the rented land at Terneys..... a total of 16 bushels of oats planted! Sarah goes to Naples to get oil, and some fabric. Henry sells some seed corn to Mr. Tyler. One of their heifers has a calf around 6PM. Henry notes that "Mills is hungry all the time" , but is evidently still not well .... he "sits up a little" on Wednesday.

Wednesday - Henry and Omar clear stones off a field for corn and potatoes - not sure if they plant them together? Omar prepares the field, and Henry sends some potatoes to Henry Polmateer, and Richard Smith drops by to buy a half a ton of hay at $10/ton. ( this is a higher price than others have paid earlier in the year) He also gets 10 bushels of oats at 36 cents a bushel to be paid later - maybe when he harvests the oats in the fall? Henry plants some sweet corn in the garden.

Thursday - Omar prepares some land for planting corn, and Henry fixes the fence between their place and Levi Strong's place. I think this is the first time he has mentioned their direct neighbor. Omar and Henry clean the 10 bushels of oats for Richard Smith, and also clean about 37 bushels of wheat. He mentions that they run through the wheat -- maybe some sort of mechanical device - a fanning mill or winnowing machine? Omar plows the berry patch, and Richard Smith stops by to get his oats and pays for them $3.60

The fanning mill is a square or rectangular shaped box with a crank handle that is used to clean small grains like oats prior to planting. When the handle is cranked, the paddle wheel rotates, creating an artificial breeze while the sieves rock from side to side. Grain is dumped into the fanning mill from the top and the chaff is blown out the front by the artificial breeze created by the paddle wheel. The grain works through the sieves and comes out of the machine into a bucket on the ground. Many farmers used thresher-separators by 1875 to thresh and clean grain, but kept fanning mills to “super clean” the grain before planting.
Friday -- Sarah goes to Bloods with the money due on the spring drag they purchased earlier in the year - $20. Omar plows some of the marsh land with Kitt and John. Henry buys a corn planter from Frank Marsh. Evidently Mr. Marsh owed Henry some money, so they settle accounts with Mr. Marsh giving Henry 50 cents to balance things. Sarah and Jen clean house.

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