Back in The Olden Days

Herb Elwert
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As sure as the sun comes up in the east each morning, spring has come to the Pacific Northwest. As I ready my garden
for spring planting, I am reminded that farmers used to plow, disc and harrow their fields each spring. Before the advent of
tractors, that meant harnessing the hay burners and hitching them to the plow. With a two-horse team, one would walk in the
furrow. It was hard work for the farmer to hold the plow handles down so the plow would go deep enough. The horses were
sweaty after a hard day’s work and when the harness was removed, they would roll around on the ground, scratching their back.

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