Reynolds: Early farming implements donated to historical society
On Thursday, Sept. 6, a call came from Lyle Ulrich. We had been waiting for a year for these gems to come all the way from Joseph, Oregon. Lyle is a man of all trades, getting experience in his younger years from La Vern Cochran, who farmed 160 acres of land, from Division Street all the way over the back of Washington Hill.
He was also a Scout leader. Lyle and his brother were hired hands in the fields, especially during haying season.
These hay rakes that Lyle donated to the Sherwood Historical Society used to collect loose hay before they started baling it in about 1952. The rakes come from La Vern Cochran's farm and the Beringer Farm. Lyle remembers using a marvelous contraption called a "Jackson Rake" quite a bit. The curved forks raked the hay and caught it in its prongs. The hay could then be lifted up into the hay mow at the top of the barn and let go, ready to go back out and rake again in the field. To demonstrate, Lyle unhooked the triangular piece to drop the hay. Sometimes they would have a horse and a rope to help with this from down below as well. It was used on the Cochran Farm in the 1930s and 1940s. It was used with horse team and with the first tractors.
The next rake Lyle showed was what he called a "Spike Rake." Lyle said he did not use it much but it came from Cochran Farm as well. It probably was used for hand work to catch stray wind rows of hay or even piles of hay.
The last rake Lyle donated is called "The Clam." What an amazing implement! This came off the Beringer Farm on Chehalem Mountain. The family settled on their farm in 1892 and Robert and his wife had eight kids. This family was a bunch of farmers, turned loggers, then farmers again. "The Clam" has four hooks that scrape along the ground. As they scrape, they also turn. Check out the swivel in the middle that helped the hooks move. This was used with a horse team and tractor.
Later on in life, Lyle also used to work for the city of Sherwood. He dug out the southeast part of the Morback House all by hand for the separate entryway for the Sherwood Library in the basement of "City Hall." Walt Bowen installed the doors that are there today. Very interesting. Come on down and see these hay rakes yourself. They are part of our local heritage.
The Historical Society and the Morback Museum are busy this fall. On Oct. 10, the DAR (Chehalem chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution) had a work party at the Morback House to produce and finish scrapbooks for the three eldercare places in Sherwood. By Christmas, the history scrapbooks will be placed in the lobbies of Avamere, The Springs and The Ackerly. Past History Camp kids got the books started and the DAR finished them. On Oct. 14, the Historical Society will be the hosts for the fifth annual "Columbus Day Storm" dinner. It is located at Mason Restaurant on Railroad Street. Cost of the tickets are $45 and at press time, there were only 10 left. The six-course dinner highlights the historical foods of past immigrant farmers in the Sherwood area. Music will be provided by "Folks" and a swinging '60s singing group. There will also be historical monologues. Don't be surprised to see many people in period dress!
There will be more third graders doing their "Our Community" studies around town and the museum will be open for the Art Walk on Dec. 5, highlighting glass-blown Christmas decorations for sale and show by Michael Richards of Parrett Mountain. Also, be on the lookout for the big antique sale on the south end of Railroad Street. Odge Gribble will be starting her sale. Our membership meeting is Nov. 20, and dues will be due. We will be closed Nov. 27, but will be open that Wednesday and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. as usual for your historical needs.
June Reynolds is a member of the Sherwood Historical Society.
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