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“It’s a Horse-Drawn Potato Digger”

 

August 2011 issue

      When RMR photographer Rick Landry ran his June ad featuring a piece of old equipment in Carmen , Idaho , he mistakenly called the rusting orange apparatus a manure spreader.

      Many of our readers contacted us to let us know that it is instead a photo of a horse-drawn potato digger.

 

 

      Writes Carolyn Jones of Idaho :

“My dad had one on our ranch at Baker, Idaho and I remember him digging potatoes and us kids following behind it to pick them up by hand, then placing them into wire potato buckets; go to the end of the row and pour the bucketful into a gunny sack.

        “Then my brothers would come along with a wagon, load the full sacks into the wagon. When the wagon was loaded with sacks of potatoes, they would haul them to the root cellar and empty the sacks into a bin at the back of the cellar to store for family use, as well as our own seed for the following year.

      “We raised primarily Irish reds and some russets, but the reds grew to be gigantic and were much more tasty than the russets. We always used the “virgin” soil areas that my dad had recently cleared brush and rocks from and no crop had ever been planted before.

 

      Thanks to all of our RMR readers who contacted us!

 

 

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