Wednesday, December 31, 2008
A Bale a Day was the Objective
The men and ladies of the photo were hard-working and honest people. Their best pickers could easily pick 300 or more pounds of cotton in a long hot day; even some ladies could almost do that, too. If they could keep that up, they could get 4-5 bales a week to the gin. Remember-all hand picked.
In the season start, the first bale ginned reaped some kind of recognition - either the prestige, or maybe there was a prize of some sort. The McCarthy and the Outlaw-Lewellyn gins ran all day and all night in the peak season.
Does anyone remember what the Pratts community cotton picking was? Neighbor helping neighbor?
Thank goodness for modern harvesting machinery.
Posted by Carl Houston at 4:50 AM