Open Session: What Readers Think

| May 2007

Shovel made good sled - I've been reading my January CAPPER'S. The stories in the Heart of the Home section about scoop shovel sleds ('Children secretly used shovel' and 'Dad's scoop shovels made best sleds') took me back to the early '40s. In those days, we walked a half mile to get our mail - though gas was cheap (25 to 30 cents a gallon).

My son wanted to walk with me. He was small, and I knew he'd never be able to do that round trip of a mile. Snow was on the ground. His dad got the scoop shovel for him to ride. He sat on the mail going back. It was a fun trip for both of us. He was our first child, and he did get a sled later.

Esta Cashmer
Cornell, Ill.


Bull takes a ride - I read the Open Session letter about butchering a hog that ended up in the haymow ('When pigs fly,' February). It was a very interesting letter, and I suppose many people got a good laugh out of it. It made me think of a bull that a farmer wanted to load on a truck to send to market years ago.

Today, trucks have low trailers that allow animals to take only one step to load them. In those days, animals had to ride in high flatbeds with side panels - you had to let down a ramp and put side panels against it. Some trucks were open with no roof.

The old barns had what they called turkey fans from the very top of the roof, where they pulled their hay up into the haymow.

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