Rt.1, Box 3-A, Yacolt, Washington
At the other end of the fork cables, were the derrick teams of 2
horses. Each team had its derrick driver. Their jobs were to manage
the teams to prevent jerks and keep even speed as the forks were
dragged to the table. In the backing up process they grabbed up the
double trees, kept the tugs tight and the cable slack, so the
forker had the minimum to pull on returning with his fork.
At times it appeared as if the driver was dragging back to team
unassisted and until the team got used to this go and back up the
job did rate a man’s work.
The minimum number in a crew was 15, however, the size and
equipment determined the total required. The wind stacker replaced
one or two me required when the old straw carrier was used.
The cook house, a must with commercial threshermen, usually had
two women cooks or sometimes a man and wife did the job.
Most crews entered on the threshing season with much enthusiasm
out as the hot days came and left the end of the job was