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Pitching Grain Bundles onto a Bundle Wagon

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-By Orv Alveshere- WILD HORSES COULD KEEP THEM AWAYThey needed another harvest bundle pitcherAlthough, they'd be very tired...they would feel richer. That was a delib'rate...

RURALLY EMBARRASSING

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-By Orv Alveshere- OATBURNERS REPLACED BY SMALL GAS TRACTORSHe parked his horse-drawn wooden grain drill by his rusty antique machines.His draft teams enjoyed the pasture....

Three Plows, Two Plowboys and a Phantom

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-By Orv Alveshere- ILLUSION, CONFUSION, COLLUSION OR SOLUTION? A story's going 'round, about guys who've been 'round; A grain stubble field, many times, plowing the...

GET-UP-‘N-GO SKIERS WERE SO INCLINED

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-by Orv Alveshere- AWAITING HIGH SPIRITED DOWNHILL SKI PARTY GOERSThe torrid, dusty ‘30’s made hay and grain growing very poor.The spirits of country folk...

Tribute to World War II Veterans

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    -By Orv Alveshere- The Hired Man Wore Army Clothes         The Olive-Green Undershirt“The war, the danger and fighting was getting old,”Were some of the Army stories our...

Grandma’s Pet Goat, Mr. Quirky!

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PERTURBED BY A PET/NO HUMILITY & NO TRANQUILITY I asked Mother, of all the farm animals she'd met Could she describe one as her favorite pet? She told of her...

Filling a Thirsty Steam Engine

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-By Orv Alveshere- The Threshing Crew's Steam EngineAt what age can a young lad join the threshing crew?Depended upon the age and how fast one...

Operating a Harvest Grain Binder

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Memories of harvesting grain with a horse drawn implement.

SIGHTLESS MAN TUNED OUR PIANO

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-By Orv Alveshere-INTENTLY WATCHING A TALENTED PROFESSIONALWe’d unhitched horses.  A car drove into our yard at noon.The driver asked us “If our piano was...

PLOWING WITH HORSES:  TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

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    -By Orv Alveshere-   HARNESSED UP FOR OLD TIMES SAKEA Country Gentleman looked longingly at his newly purchased horse-drawn plow.He had practiced driving his team.  He...

SOME HORSE DAYS SURPASS OTHERS

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-By Orv Alveshere-A Beautiful Horse and Children's DayA bustling 1800’s cowtown had been lovingly restored.Now a summer highlight, they won 2007 Visitor’s Choice Award.Nestled...

The UPHILL PART of SKIING

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-By Orv Alveshere-QUARTER MILE OVER SNOWBANKS; WE’RE OVER THE HILLBehind the barn rising high above, was a 60-foot hill;Estimated to be thirty-five degrees, it...

YOUNG COWBOY’S SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFT

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-by Orv Alveshere-JINGLE BELLS AND WINTER RECREATION INVIGORATIONYouthful ambitions and plans caused a hurrying of most ranch choresTo allow time to ride ponies or...

YOUNG PLOW’BOY AND OLD HORSES

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  -By Orv Alveshere-   DRAFTING A DRAFT HORSE DRIVERIt was on the 5th, I visited with Dad.He told me of recollections, he had."Yes, it was...

THRESHING MEMORIES: WORKING AND SOCIALIZING

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By Orv Alveshere         THRESHING CREWS: HUMANS AND HORSESSome threshers might have been to the point of sleepwalkAs teams of horses pulled hayracks from shock...

QUIRKY, MOM’S PETULANT PET GOAT

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-By Orv Alveshere-family's long train ride to coastal town Wilmington *Gramp's heart trouble Gram raised Mom and girlsGramps pulled Mom from ocean by hair...

AIRBORNE WHEN WE HIT THE HAY

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By Orv Alveshere   FALLING BEHIND IN HAY WORK Gramps said decades ago, horse-drawn hay rakes gave drivers a horse-tail view. A 1 person job. When using tractors,...

UN-RODE RAGE

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By Orv Alveshere                                 trailered from an auctiona stunning muscular overo...

HISTORY LIVED AND SPOKEN HERE

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  -By Orv Alveshere- COVERED WAGON TRACKS IN THE SANDS OF TIME, 1895 “Horses and covered wagon brought me here,” the octogenarian said. Determined, he staked a...

MARCH WHITE-OUT SNOWSTORM…SCHOOL’S DISMISSED

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--by Orv Alveshere--ED LOST SIGHT OF HIS HOUSE, BUT NOT HIS GOALEd came to third grade in a one-room school…on his skis.He bundled in...

Making Wooden Christmas Toys

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I’M CALLED A WHAT?   Some of the fondest memories and joys  Are of constructing wooden Christmas toys.  “Open Your Heart” programs, I remember,  Sponsored year after year in...

The Ballad of the Billfold

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    by Orv Alveshere   CELEBRATING THEIR FIRST CHRISTMAS EVE A couple was married in ’34; The Depression made ranching very poor. At Christmas they drew other family names; That custom...