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Presque Isle: The Star City

Potato Harvest Memories

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Out in the fields there were no outhouses. If the workers had to use the bathroom, they would put barrels around themselves. They would have to go quickly because the digger man would start coming down that row to dig the potatoes out of the ground. They would have to move the barrels out of the way, too.

There was no playtime in the fields. Edwena could not play in the fields because she had to work, work, and work. The only time she could play was if the digger or harvester broke down. The workers would sing songs and play in the barrels. Edwena also had potato fights with her brothers and other kids. They would hide behind barrels and throw potatoes at each other. If they got caught they would get in trouble. Once one boy got hit in the eye.