Dad had a bundle wagon, so he was out in the field loading bundles.
Meanwhile, early bundle wagons had arrived in the field.
Raymond Evans told me that one man always had a sleepy, old, tired team on the bundle wagon
. Every time they stopped, they dropped their heads and looked like they were asleep.
During harvest, day laborers - shockers, spike pitchers and bundle wagon
drivers - commonly got $1.50 per day.
Unexpectedly, Dad was offered a job as a field bundle pitcher, and I was offered a job to drive a team pulling a bundle wagon
"I was born in 1927," Richard said, "and as a kid I hauled a bundle wagon
, bringing bundles from the field to the thresher." That machine still sits on the family farm, so Richard measured it to figure out the model's sizes.
For his bundle wagons
he has specially constructed racks 28 feet long, with smooth floors.
One of the farmers might let us hold the horse's reins or put us up on the grain bundle wagons
for a short ride from field to thresher.
And you might have three, four or more men driving bundle wagons
, and more workers in the field loading the bundles."
"When I crawled out the door the bundle wagons
had pulled up and were about to pitch bundles.
Hand-fed machines required one or two men to stand at the feeder table of the thresher, receive grain bundles from men on the bundle wagons
or stacks, cut the twine band on each bundle and feed the stalks head-first into the whirling thresher cylinder that was only inches from their hands (resulting in many accidents).
During grade school, however, he became inseparably attached to IH tractors after a neighbor hired him to pull bundle wagons
with a Farmall Model H during harvest.