Title Reinhold Farm - Making hay with the Platform Truck
Place Medford, Wisconsin
Date c.1946

This photo shows Carl Oliver and Josephine Reinhold using their 1936 Chevrolet platform truck to make hay.  The truck was also used to haul grain.


They purchased this vehicle in 1946 which was their first year of marriage. Josephine's father, Martin Van Laarhoven, owned a farm implement business in Medford, Wisconsin.  He converted a short-wheel base truck into this long-wheel base truck so that he could haul machinery on it.


The hay was loaded using a hay-loader.  It had a pick-up head that picked the hay off the ground and rope apron that pushed the hay up into the hay wagon. 


In the case of this photograph, the platform truck served the dual purpose of providing motorized power and a wagon bed to load the hay on.


This operation was accomplished by hooking the platform truck to the hay loader.   As the the truck moved along, straddling the windrow, the hay-loader picked up the hay.  Carl Oliver stood on the truck platform and loaded the hay with a pitch fork as the hay came up the loader and onto the platform.  Haying was generally done between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  This of course was due to the dew lifting and setting. The dew generally burned off by 10:00 a.m. and began setting by 6:00 p.m.


Carl Oliver Reinhold is picture at the top of the load of hay.  Josephine drove the truck while he loaded hay. The family dog is sitting in the shade, under the truck.