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By Orion Rudolph, Ashley, North Dakota
I agree with Lloyd Friedrick's question as to why
the line on the map made a difference in the English
language. Must be a German thing brought from the
old country where people spoke different dialects
from one community to another. We also have some of
that in ND. An example: When going home. In German,
some say 'Nach Hause' others say 'Heim' others say
'Ham.' I normally jokingly say, I always go 'Heim'
because it is a 1/4 mile closer than 'Ham'. Usually
good for a laugh.
I recall at about the age of 6 in 1944, I had the
famed opportunity to go along with the rest of the
older siblings to do the work left behind after the
binder did it's thing. I don't recall that our family
called it 'Stooks or Stooking.' I only recall the
process being called putting bundles into a pile with
the heads on the upside and called it a 'shock pile.'
After several weeks, or maybe even a month later when
the threshing crew arrived, these were then loaded
on at least 6 or more horse pulled wagons and brought
to the threshing machine which was usually set up
somewhere near the middle of the field.
My father and mother never wanted a straw pile real
close to the farm. Sometimes there was a pile of straw
about 1/4 mile away. And, oh were those stubbles hard
on my little short legs. Pants were hand me downs
and sometimes too short, thus exposed the legs. Mother
would wrap some old rags around our legs to help protect
them from the stubbles. Yes I also recall the heddering
and being on the hedder box. Two horses on the hedder
box and four pushing the hedder. I was too young to
be a productive person on the box. Probably more of
a hindrance than anything. I do recall all the grasshoppers
coming on the box. The older person on the box assured
me that those grasshoppers won't bit me. It was a
year or so later when some hitching apparatus was
made on the hedder and hedder box, and two were pulled
as one unit with a tractor instead of the horses.
I really enjoy reading the remarks about the great
adventures everyone experienced in growing up and
remembering the past.
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