You can read about and see photos of the Harry and Ray Etta Allen family on the May 8, 2009 Blog entry by clicking on the link below:
Elaine Allen in the front yard of her Adams Avenue home, circa 1940's, with the Walter Adams' house, an outbuilding, and barn in the background. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Allen.)
The Walter and Edna Adams' house can be seen just over Elaine Allen's shoulder, at the end of the dirt lane. A small out building is to the right of the front porch with the big barn further to the right. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Allen.)
The Walter and Edna Adams Farm
by Benjamin Austin Allen
The big barn on Walter Adams farm housed four cows, a bull, four or more horses plus salt hay, bedding hay, a stage coach, a sled, and several wagons used to haul hay, wood, etc. The cows provided milk for many people in the area. The stage coach was used to take people to and from Tuckerton. I don’t know what the fee or schedule was, but you had to go to Tuckerton to catch the train to
, etc. New York
Salt hay and three square hay were gathered from the marshlands in the summertime. The salt hay was used for cattle feed, and the three square was used for bedding. Salt hay is a finer hay and was also used to cover concrete while it cured.
Walter had several men working for him gathering the hay, tending the livestock, and helping drive the vehicles. My father, Harry Allen, used to take Walter’s hay truck with a load of hay to the
One of Walter’s innovations to keep the hand pump for the cows and horses from freezing in the winter was to pack horse manure around the old wooden pump. This kept the area warm so the water could be into a huge cedar wood trough which was almost the size of a coffin or bigger. Those cows could drink almost as fast as I could pump.
Walter had a “curtain car”, a model T which required towing by a horse to start in the winter. It did start on its own in the summer.
Walter was a very busy man. He ate supper at , after the animals were bedded down and everything on the farm was taken care of. My dad used to cut Walter’s hair, as he was too busy to go to a barber. Sunday the day for the haircut.
There was no electric, so we used lanterns to go in the barn in the early morning. We had a special place to hang them in the barn. There was no refrigeration either. Everything was hung in a well beside the house. Edna used to make her own butter.