Memories of Bluegrass Stripping

A June article reminds this reader of days on the farm in Illinois.

| September 2019


Your article in the June 2019 issue of Farm Collector about bluegrass stripping in the Midwest brought back many memories. I grew up on a farm about 15 miles southeast of Maryville, Illinois, between Barnard and Guilford. We would do our own pastures and those of several neighbors. We would pull two strippers behind our “B” Allis-Chalmers. I still have two of the hand-held strippers hanging on my garage wall (of course, now they have flowers in them instead of bluegrass). I was disappointed not to see the name Earl McCleave mentioned.

He was considered the “Blue Grass King” in that area.

Edwin Holaday, 504 4th Ave., Forreston, IL 61030

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