Farming around Kinmundy & Alma
Marion County, Illinois
We are looking for photos of people and/or places from around Kinmundy & Alma. Can you help?
Or maybe you have stories or memories from the "Good Old Days"? What do YOU remember?
The Kinmundy Historical Society would be honored to preserve your memories and stories. We also have the
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Dolores (Ford) Mobley – Dolores@ford-mobley.com
208 Joan Dr.; Divernon, IL 62530; (217) 625-7527
Gladys (Corrie) See – firstname.lastname@example.org
408 S. Washington St.; Kinmundy, IL 62854; (618) 547-7731
(F-22) Mike Butts' Threshing Machines and Crew with Andrew Pearl Yates, William Butts, Cecil Butts, and William Elery Butts
(F-24`3) C.B. Rohrbough farm
(F-10a) Hampsten farm threshing - Aug. 1938
Vera (Hampsten) Johnston wrote: “Taken in Aug. 1938 by Vera Johnston on my father’s farm. Threshing Red Top hay with McCormick Deering Separator.
Note the sacking of the Red Top seed in the right foreground. Red Top haystack in background. Ira Krutsinger and Glen Hampsten on stack.
Jack Boston on threshing machine. The owner, Ervin Hampsten, is in front. Jess Norman by the seed sacks."
(F-2) Forrest Doolen and helpers putting up hay
(F-62) John S. Ford and Chester Ford
(F-3) Forrest Doolen on a horse (F-9) Fletcher Gragg holding reins to Charles Lowe's mule
(F-4) Charles Metzger, Henry Metzger, Forrest Doolen, Joe Metzger
(F-5) Forrest Doolen, Glen Brasel, Harvey Hanna
(F-7b) Claude Rose, Joe Osborne, George Long in front of first tractor
(F-8b) Farming with at least 15 horses pulling binder
(F-11) Harvesting ear corn
(F-12) Hay Sweep - Rake with horses
(F-51) Clyde Bassett with shucked corn in northern Illinois - 54 bushel
(A lot of local farmers worked temporarily in northern parts of Illinois while harvest was occurring.)
(F-13) Sam Hiestand on tractor and Claude walking to house
(F-14) Sam, Dan, and Claude Hiestand thrashing
(F-15) Dale Richard Wright with 1938 John Deere in 1939
(F-16a) Vera (Hampsten) Johnston and W.G. Hays atop a threshing machine - Aug 3, 1939
(F-19) Dot, John William, and Thurman McCulley with Sooner and their rabbit catch
(F-20) Dot, John William and Thurman McCulley with binder
(F-21) Thurman, Dot, and John William McCulley on Hay Wagon
Nov. 5, 1956 - Pleasant Grove community helps John Shaffer get crop out. (F-56c)
Left to Right: Kenneth Pickle, Dan Hiestand, John Shaffer, Mont Ritter, Leon Miller, Ray Vandeveer, Sammie Hiestand, Elsberry Ward, H.J. Barksdale, Jackie Barksdale, Herbert Anderson, Lee Ward, Herbert Vandeveer, Oscar Smith, Melvin Currie, Sue Miller, Ruth Miller, Wilma Vandeveer, Beatrice Allphin, Ruby Vandeveer, Dalt Vandeveer, Robert Ford, and Clyde Rose in Service Co. truck
"Friendly neighbors husk corn Monday for John Shaffer" - "The Kinmundy Express" - Nov. 8, 1956
"The question has been raised, "Are farmers as neighborly as they used to be". This was a challenge to the Pleasant Grove Community Monday when 15 men with 6 corn pickers, wagons and tractors, came to the John W. Shaffer farm and husked about 60 acres of his 140 acre corn crop for him.
"A few weeks ago, Mrs. Shaffer took suddenly ill and finally ended up in the Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis where a series of examinations were made to determine her ailment. It was found that she was suffering from a gastric ulcer. Mr. Shaffer has spent a good share of his time in St. Louis with his wife.
Those helping John were Mont Ritter, Oscar Smith, Dan Hiestand, Herbert Anderson, Bob Ford, Lee Ward, Elsbury Ward, Jackie Barksdale, H.J. Barksdale, Ray Vandeveer, Leon Miller, Dalt Vandeveer, Melvin Currie, Sammy Hiestand, and Herbert Vandeveer.
A pot luck dinner was had at the noon hour with Ruth Miller, Wilma Vandeveer, Ruby Vandeveer and Beatrice Allphin serving. Other sending in food were Nellie Hiestand, Evelyn Ford, Ruby Hiestand, Rosa Smith, Avanelle Hiestand and Lucille Vandeveer. Lester Vandeveer and Mr. and Mr. J.N. Vallow were dinner guests."
(F-28a) Bryan Pitts' farm - late 1940's
"Not So Long Ago. - This was the scene on the Bryan Pitts farm in Meacham township in the late 1940's, when Ellis Wilkinson brought his threshing machine
for the oat harvest. Standing in front of the machine, left to right: Wilkinson, Herman Soldner, William Soldner, Raymond Soldner, Bryan Pitts, J. Lem Ballance,
J.B. Maxey, Lewis Maxey. On the tractor is Morris Maxey; on the machine, Charles Bassett; on straw stack, Jess Hoyt; on wagon, Charlie Wainscott,
whose load of bundles threshed 105 bushels. Wilkinson’s thresher was new from the factory in 1919 and he used it that year and every year up through
it’s retirement in 1951." (Newspaper article - Aug. 10, 1967)
(FS-39) Henry and Tillie Schneider Jasper strawberry patch
Back row: Leola Yund, Addie (Yund) McGuire, Alice (Jasper) Hoehne, Naomi (Schneider) Crain, Hilda (Schneider) Crain, Edna Schneider,
Clarence Schneider, Merle Schneider
Front row: Ervin Schneider, Lyle or George Schneider, Charlene Hoehne, Dorothy Schneider, Harley Jasper
(F-23) J.H. Shreffler & Sons Fruit Farms - stationery and receipts
(F-25) Shreffler - Fruit sorters - 1928
(F-56) Shreffler Pear Packing Crew - Alma, IL - Sept. 17, 1929
(Not in order) Mrs. Rhoads, Lois Shreffler, Mag Bassett, Cled Wickenhouser, Bertha Green, Virgie (Nichols) Garrett, Nellie Shreffler, Elsie Morris, Olive Shreffler,
Selby Garrett, Helen Tomlinson, Hazel Shreffler, Mrs. Turner
Billie Morris, Fletch Cole, Andy Williams, Abby Cox
(FS-34) Shreffler family packing up melons (possibly "Alma Gems") - 1901
Aaron Irving Shreffler is behind wagon. Leslie, Cecil, Harry, Hershel (in buggy), Gordon. Louella Isabelle Shreffer in the foreground.
(F-32) Dutch Shreffler picking apples
(F-33) Shrefflers' Pear workers
(F-30) Dutch Shreffler's Peach Shed - Aug. 1947
BACK - Chas. Mitchel,, Clyde Garrett, Hen Jones, Clyde Bassett, Lewis Maier, Helen Cox, __________, Jack Cox, __________
MIDDLE: Francis Maier, Lula Jones, _________, Hazel Shreffler, Alice Osborne, __________, Tom & Dutch Shreffler;
FRONT KNEELING - Lila Garrett Williams, Darlene Mulvaney Bandy
(F-31) Dutch Shreffler's Peach Shed - 1947
BACK - ____________, _____________, Helen Cox, Juanita Mitchel, Lila Garrett Williams, Jack Cox, _______________, Lula Jones, Hazel Shreffler, ______________;
FRONT - Clyde Garrett, Charles Mitchel, Dutch Shreffler, Gordon Shreffler, Clyde Bassett, Henderson Jones
(F-29) Shreffler Fruit workers at the shed
Lulu Jones, ________________, Helen Cox, _________________, ________________, Lila Garrett Williams, Hazel Shreffler, Juanita Mitchel
(F-34) Dick Atkins' Strawberry Patch and pickers located 3 miles northwest of Kinmundy
(F-41) Strawberry pickers at Dick Atkins' Strawberry patch
(FS-40) Strawberry pickers in Kinmundy.
(F-58a) Setting out strawberry plants in the Dace - Sullivan fields. Floyd Courson is driving the tractor, and Marvin Dace and Sterling "Shorty" Sullivan are setting out the plants. This strawberry patch was located south of Kinmundy where the Guymon family later built a house.
(F-58a) Setting out strawberry plants in the Dace - Sullivan fields are Marvin Dace is on the far side and Sterling "Shorty" Sullivan is on the near side. They set the plants between them and the water tank was on the back.
(F-58a) The Strawberry shed was located just south of Kinmundy near where the Guymon family later built a house.
(F-58d) Strawberry pickers south of Kinmundy.
(F-58d) Strawberry pickers south of Kinmundy.
(F-58d) Working the strawberry fields south of Kinmundy.
"The strawberry patch only lasted as a commercial venture for a few years and a U-pick plot for a few after that and eventually was returned to farm land. It was very labor intensive and I remember Dad hired 4 migrant workers to help in the fields. Many neighbors came and picked. They were given paper slips for the number of quarts picked. I was probably only 5 when it started but I remember the planter and covering the plants with straw then uncovering them in the spring." Ron Dace.
(F-35) Mrs. A. Tate photo
(F-36) Unknown putting up hay
(F-37) "Large Load of Oats Threshes 101˝" - Aug. 12, 1948 (reprinted in “The Kinmundy Express” on Nov. 10, 1983.)
“Pictured above is Mr. Charles Wainscott of this city on a load of oat bundles which he loaded last Thursday afternoon on the Bryan Pitts farm east of Kinmundy.
This is believed to be the largest load of oat bundles ever loaded by one man around this part of the country. The load threshed out 101˝ bushels and would
have threshed about 150 bushels if the load had come from the best part of the field. Mr. Pitts reports that oats averaged about 20 bushels per acre.
So this load represents more than 5 acres. The load got too high for a man to pitch the bundles up is why Mr. Wainscott could not load on any more.
We believe this is a new record that will be hard for anyone to beat."
(F-38) Wood Sawing crew in Willie Garrett's Barnyard - Tom Haynes, Orie "Tub" Atkins, Theodore Garrett, Orie "Paddy" Arnold, Willie Garrett, George Cole
(F-40) Marvin Conant, Bill Green, Ernst Bassett, Luther Barnes, Hall Feather, ______________, Mack Robb, Pete Cole
(F-39b) Working Men
(F-60) Dan Purcell with his grandson and horses picking fruit in orchard
(F-55) Bob Ford & John W. Ford with their sheep
(F-57) Bob Ford in the middle of pear season (F-58) Bob Ford with the chickens
(F-59) Bob Ford, John W. Ford, and Jean Ford Krutsinger FORD, Bob, John W and Jean Krutsinger
(F-44) 4-H Livestock Show - J.N. Vallow, Fred Blackburn, Mr. Garbe (F-45) 4-H Livestock Show - John Ross Mazanek
(F-42) 4-H Livestock Show - Howard Broom and Bob Ford (F-64) 4-H Livestock Show - Jean Ford Krutsinger and Dick Purdue
(F-53) Corn cribs
(F-48) Clyde Bassett's farm with mules, wagon, and barn
(F-46) Clyde Bassett's Mules - 1968
(F-49) Clyde Bassett - Mules and hay wagon - 1968
(F-47) Clyde C. "Pid" Bassett with mules, wagon and hay stack
(F-70) Clyde C. Bassett with mules - 1970's
(F-76) Bob Ford with Allis Chamblers planter - 1969
(F-73) Charles Lee Ford and Bob Ford - 1969
(F-18) Charles Lowe on John Deere tractor - 1985
(F-17) Paul Lane with Amy Yates, Leta Lane, and Eric Lane
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