8 results for tag: farming


1888 Red Barn

The barn was built about 1888 by William Bigham for David Hutchinson, the father of Nellie G. Hutchinson. She was a teacher at the Normal School who married William J. Sutton March 3, 1897. A month before their marriage, he had resigned as President of the Normal School and she resigned as head of the Training Department. The barn became part of their farmstead. Sutton had extensive land holdings and oversaw a large farming operation, as well as breeding race horses. Mr. Hutchinson continued to make his home with the couple until his death. William Bigham is known to have built the original Spokane County Courthouse at Cheney as well as ...

1892 C.A. Ratcliffe Company Established

One hundred twenty-five years ago, in 1892, the Charles A. Ratcliffe Company began business selling farm implements and lumber at 2nd & E [College Ave] streets, taking over from the Frank Bros. Co. The lumber yard was located near the east side of today's ADM Mill. The thin man in the image is Charles Ratcliffe. The other fellow is unidentified.

Amber Grange 100 Years

The Grange movement began after the Civil War in the United States. The organization gave its farmer members collective bargaining power with the railroads over the price of shipping their produce, as well as bulk buying capabilities. As a group, Granges had political clout with their local and state governments.  Grange organizations introduced and advocated for legislation, not only to help the farming industry but to make sure that all citizens had a greater voice in their government. Most people in Washington State probably don't know that the open primary system we enjoyed for almost 80 years was a Grange initiative that they fought to get ...

80th Birthday – 1935 Ad – Grain Growers

The Cheney Grain Growers, Inc. was the place to go to for your farm supplies and seed. This spring advertisement offers several varieties of hay seed.

Looking Back

Archie Cutting drives the combine on the Mickey place. Seventy-five years ago in 1939, farm wages per day were: Hay field hands, $1.75; hay bailing hands, $2.00; grain sack sewers, $3.25; harvest field cook, $1.75; mowing wagon team and driver, $4.75; separator tender, $5.50.

Looking Back – October 1933

The per bushel wheat prices posted for mid-October 1933:  hard white Bluestem and Baart 56.5¢; hard white Federation 51.5¢; hard winter Ridit and Turkey 48.5¢; soft white 40-Fold and Federation 48.5¢; western white Hybrid or Albit 48.5¢; western red Jones Fife and Triplit 48.5¢; Northern Spring and Marquis 48.5¢.

Glimpse at Past Transportation

My husband and I took a trip over to the North Idaho Fair last week.  I love the fair for all the animals with their 4H and FFA handlers.  There is the cow wash, and the sheep grooming, and the surprisingly small kids leading their very large horses and cows through the judging. The highlight of the day was watching the draft horses go through their paces in the arena.  They pulled buggys and wagons for adult and youth class competitions.  I was especially impressed with the 13 and under group.  With two horses and a wagon, these young kids walked, trotted, backed up, and shifted their teams and wagons side to side. I was ...

Cheney Weeder Included in Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive

The Story of the Rotary Rod Weeder and its inventors Kyle and Cleve Wolfe has been included in the Smithsonian's Natural Museum of American History Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive. The online archive features stories submitted by individuals and institutions telling stories about the development of modern agriculture in America. The archive plans to preserve and share those innovations and experiences of farming and ranching across the United States. Visitors can share their stories about the technologies and innovations that have changed agricultural work, as well as how these changes have affected their communities. The museum ...