As you see the farmers out in the fields harvesting the crops, you marvel at the advancements in farming. Just 100 years ago the task was performed by hand and then with the help of horses, mules and oxen. What you see one farmer accomplish in one day once required many days with many men, women and children working from sunup to sundown. The early equipment, including handmade wooden rakes, pitchforks and scythes from the Jacob Dienstberger collection are on display at the Delphos Canal Commission. You will also find early hay rakes with cutters that could be attached to an animal-powered and possibly hand-made contraption to make the job a little less labor intensive. The hay sling on display (pictured hanging from the ceiling) ingeniously and inexpensively cut down the time and labor needed to move the hay from the wagon to the hay mow/loft. We have many more treasures from local farm families housed at the Delphos Canal Commission for your viewing pleasure. The museum is open every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm and every Thursday from 9 am to noon. Please visit soon.
Printed in the Delphos Herald October 9, 2010 by the Delphos Canal Commission.