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Pat Shingleton: "A Sicle and A Scythe..."

4 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 August 18, 2017 4:10 AM August 18, 2017 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton:

Our grandfather, Bert Price, lived with us. A man of simple means, he was intrigued with farm equipment however never desired to obtain a driver’s license. He did the majority of his transportation on foot, walking miles upon miles. After his retirement as a railroad switchman, he provided a variety of services throughout the neighborhood. When weeds needed clearing from a steep embankment, Bert got the call.  The embankment angle was too steep for lawn mowers, so he used a sickle and scythe. The scythe had a four foot curved cutting blade, attached to a long handle, held with both hands. Long slow swipes cleared the weeds. For narrow areas, the hand-held sickle was just as effective. Both were kept sharp with a wet-stone. When Briggs and Stratton mowers were compromised by rain, Bert stayed on the job without consequence.


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