Horsing around

My great grandparents owned a dairy farm, which ties in neatly with this week’s Sepia Saturday prompt of a man on horseback, entitled “Off to the Creamery.” Granted, the fellow in the picture was carrying only one vat of milk with him. Perhaps he was going to buy milk rather than drop it off. It seems that one vat wouldn’t be much of a contribution, but a community creamery would accept milk from all comers. Poppy & Granny had many more than one cow on their farm, and also had the various farm animals you find on a working farm, plus they grew crops. To look at family photos, they spent a lot of time dressed up in their Sunday best, but I doubt that was the case! They just liked to have a nice time together – work hard/play hard, you know.


Clay processing

All right, so this is neither a cow, nor anything related to dairy. These horses are at the clay processing station on one of the farms owned by the family. The pile behind the horses is raw clay. The dark colored horse turned the mill and the clay was ground into a finer consistency. Once it was milled, the light colored horse carried it in the cart down to a fine china manufacturing plant for further processing. It was then made into dishes. There are two men in the image who were responsible for keeping the processing running smoothly.


A cousin, a nursemaid and a foal

All of these images were scanned and shared by Cousin L. She noted on this particular image that the little girl was on of Granny’s nieces, so my grandmother’s cousin. Cousin L is really my dad’s cousin. In a large family it can be rather confusing!

Poppy & Diamond

Poppy & Diamond

This is Poppy on his favorite horse, Diamond. That’s the barn behind him, and the little window is on the tack room. The entire family rode horses I believe. At least at some point.


Jeannette & Ted

This is Poppy’s sister Jeannette and her horse, Ted.


Poppy and his cart

Not to be outdone, here is Poppy and his horse cart. The cart was custom built for his wedding, I believe.

Well, there was nary a cow to be seen, but plenty of horses for your consideration. Many thanks to Cousin L for scanning and sharing the photos! For other images of horses or otherwise, click over to Sepia Saturday. You will be happy you did!

Galloping along…!



This photo dates from the early to mid 20th century or so and documents a time when farmhouses were still very common. This particular house is a two story affair but doesn’t appear to have been quite large – perhaps having a kitchen/eating/lounging area downstairs and two or three bedrooms upstairs. There is a smaller outbuilding off to the left but it could be a barn, cook house, or luxury potty, haha. Ok, not really a potty. The yard is overgrown with weeds which makes me wonder if the fellow standing by the porch just bought the property, or maybe is saying his last goodbye. I have no location or date for the photo.


Here, chick, chick, chick

I love this photo because it is so very mundane and ordinary, but gives us a scene that is uncommon today. Lots of people kept chickens in their yard so they could have fresh eggs and every once in a while a chicken in the pot on the stove. When America became urbanized and zoning regulations did not allow chickens, away they went. It is a nice surprise every once in a while to see or hear a rooster crowing the dawn. This couple has a nice sized flock of chickens and geese, and maybe some ducks? I’m not sure. The yard is big and you can see a small house in the background under a big tree. To the left of the man in overalls you can see what I think is a roost and to the far right you can see a rooster. This could have been taken in California, but it could have been taken anywhere in America in the 1920s-1940s.

Hay rick

Here we have three photos from different sources that I believe show the progress of filling the hay rick. First, we see an empty hay rick with a big pile of hay behind it. Yes, this may have been the end but humor me, since it is a nice picture of an empty hay rick.

This one, I can’t be sure exactly what it is, but it looks like loading the hay rick, or possibly putting harvested wheat into a thresher?

Finally we have a full hay rick with the notation “Donald Hintz” on it. I assume that is he standing on the back of the wagon.

Being a city girl, I don’t know an awful lot about farming, so if you know more than I do, please chime in with a comment to correct me if I’m wrong.

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