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Wheat Whacker: 1941

Wheat Whacker: 1941

August 1941. Froid, Montana. "Scandinavian tractor combine driver drinking water out of a jug in the field where they were harvesting wheat on the Schnitzler Corporation ranch. This boy came to the Schnitzler ranch from South Dakota, where he lives and first harvested their earlier wheat crop before coming up here for the Montana harvest season." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Cool Water

Soak the burlap when you fill the jug. As the water in the burlap evaporates, it cools the container and the water inside.

He likely continued whacking wheat

Men who worked on their family farms and ranches during WWII were given deferment from military draft. Agriculture production was considered too valuable to the war effort to draft this labor force and was one area where women were not recruited as substitutes. It was for this reason that my father and both his brothers served in the armed forces during WWII while both of my mother's brothers did not. After the war, my father was not impressed to hear my mother's family complain about how hard the war had been on them, with all that rationing.


Driving the tractor in style. Love them!

A fair day's work.

He looks pleased with the way his day is going. I wonder if he survived the horrors of war.

Water Jug?

We had jugs like that but we didn’t carry water.

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