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Harvest Tales - Ottawa County 01

Harvest stories submitted by Kansans for the online exhibit, Wheat People.
Submit your own at kshs.kansasmuseum@ks.gov.

Maxine Baker Windhorst

Driving the Model T Ford During Harvest

During the wheat harvest of 1922, when I was seven years old I drove the family Model T Ford for the first time by myself.

My mother was running the wheat binder with four horses hitched to it. My father was shocking the wheat with my five-year-old sister and me carrying the bundles to him.

He said to me, "Maxine, why don't you take your mother a drink, I will crank (start) the car for you?" So away my sister and I went across the field to our mom. When our mom looked and saw us coming, her thought was, "My, how will I ever get this machine and these horses out of their way if Maxine can't get the car stopped?"

"Harvest Tales" is part of the online exhibit, Wheat People:  Celebrating Kansas Harvest.