| May/June 1956

Evidently Karl slipped on giving us the complete name and address of the writer, or the writer did. It is an interesting article anyway. Ed.

'Here's to the cooks God bless them, May Never ever distress them'

THE BOSS HAD JUST brought a new cook from town and the next morning at 2 A. M., he pounded on the side of the car to get her awake. In a few minutes she came out the door with suitcase in hand. The boss asked her 'Where she was going?' and she replied 'Someplace to stay all night.' When asked if she knew what steam was, Cookie replied 'It's water gone crazy with the heat.'

Kook Kar Kicker Is this the apple pie you made last week?

Kook It's the pie you'll eat this week or you will get a chance to eat it next week.

Back in the days of the cook car most of the threshers had two girls for the cooking job. One was the cook at 4 or 5 dollars a day and her helper got $2.50 to $3.00. Their day started at 3:45 A. M., and they hardly ever got through with the supper dishes until 9 P. M., just about 18 hours each day. Breakfast at 5:30 A. M., lunch at the machine at 9 A. M., dinner at noon, lunch at 4 P. M., and supper at 7:30 P. M. Many of the cooks were members of the boss's family, perhaps his wife or daughter, but many were neighbor women or out of the state girls who came back each year for the cooking jobs. Many romances developed in the cook cars, and some turned into marriages. The boys would pitch bundles during the day and pitched some 'Woo' in the evening by moonlight and no time was lost. When the threshing season was over they got their license and a minister to tie the knot. In 1915 our spike pitchers married our two cooks, Anna and Mary and both lived in Minneapolis.


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