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Presque Isle: The Star City

Harvesting Potatoes

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IT'S NOT ALL WORK

Break Time
Break TimeImage is from USDA 1976 Yearbook of Agroculture THE FACE OF RURAL AMERICA

Frequently, the digger lags would come apart and the digger driver had to shut the digger down to fix it. "The digger broke down" meant that there will be a chance to catch up on picking potatoes or to rest or play. This picture shows the Myron Gartley farm in 1976. <kids rolling on the barrels> As you can see, the younger pickers did not seem to mind a break. Students such as these would pick 15 to 40 barrels of potatoes per day.