Baling Hay in the 1940s: Hay Baler Earned Its Vicious Reputation

Dale Geise recalls the days when his family baled hay – and the inherent danger

A baler similar to the one used by the author's dad, spotted in a mountain meadow near Ft. Collins, Colo. This baler was smaller and was fed by a man standing on the ground, rather than on a platform surrounding the opening.
A baler similar to the one used by the author’s dad, spotted in a mountain meadow near Ft. Collins, Colo. This baler was smaller and was fed by a man standing on the ground, rather than on a platform surrounding the opening.
Dale Geise