Young Walter Stone documented his trips West to help with the harvest with photographs of farm life in the early 20th century.
A plow crew in eastern Colorado in about 1915. The tractor is a Waterloo Boy, forerunner of the John Deere tractor line.
“Heading wheat at Bill Smith’s.”
Original inscription on photo: “Stack yard at H.V. Song’s with ‘Barb’ Christensen (stacker) and ‘Haze’ Song (boss) prominent.” Notation from Lee Hoeger: “They would stack the wheat and then wait for a steam engine and thresher to come. The steam engine would use straw for fuel.” According to other inscriptions in the album, similar stacks generated “$2,000 in wheat thrashed.”
“Cannons’ heading outfit finishing at H.V. Song’s.”
“Willard on a quiet day,” reads the inscription on this photo. The photo was taken in March 1910, when the town was just established.