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Presque Isle: The Star City

Potato Harvest Memories

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Presque Isle Historical Society



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Presque Isle Historical Society

One hot day she was waiting for the digger man and the truck to go by. The “digger man” was the person who drove the machine that would dig up the potatoes. The potato truck had full and empty barrels on the back of it. When the truck went by Edwena never got a barrel. It was my grandfather, who was on the truck teasing her. Then, after that workday ended, he asked her to go on a date and she said yes. She left school her senior year of high school to marry him. She never went back to graduate.

In the spring, my grandmother, with other women and children would cut the seed potatoes in the potato house. The seeds were potatoes from the year before. The potatoes would be on a rack and as they went by, Edwena would cut them into four pieces. The men would take the full seed potato barrels, put them on the back of the potato truck, and bring them out to the field. The men would also plant the seeds.