CGP Community Stories

Jessie Wells, 1965

Title

Jessie Wells, 1965

Subject

Hop pickers
Hops
Agriculture
Otsego County

Description

1965 interview of Jessie Wells by Henry Glassie. Clip created for Spring 2017 Cooperstown Graduate Program Exhibition "Hop City Pickers" at the Fenimore Art Museum Research Library.

Creator

Henry Glassie

Publisher

Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York-College at Oneonta

Date

1965

Rights

Cooperstown Graduate Association

Format

audio/mp3
2.6 MB

Language

en-US

Type

Sound

Interviewer

Henry Glassie

Interviewee

Jessie Wells

Transcription

When I was a boy about 15, 16 years old, I used to tend box and pick hops with my neighbors. And we used to get up at half past 5 in the morning, and go down to breakfast, and then we’d go from there into the hop yard. Pick hops till noon, go back down for dinner, and we’d weigh us out on the way down, sometimes, to see when we got through dinner we’d weigh ourselves again and see how much we’d eat. Well, we’d pick hops till night. We’d get anywhere from 3 to 4 boxes if we was a good picker, and if we picked ‘em too dirty, why, we’d have to go on the kiln and sort the hops over after we got through our day’s work. And it was quite a lot of fun, and quite a lot of hard work. I used to tend box some. I had a pull for it, to pull the poles with, ‘cause they was in the ground so tight I couldn’t pull ‘em without having this thing to pull ‘em with. And then at night we’d have a dance, and [unintelligible] had a violin, he’d play a few dances for us, we’d dance a little, have a real good time, maybe nine or ten o’clock we’d go home. Guess that’s about all I can say.

Original Format

Cassette Tape

Duration

01:50

Bit Rate/Frequency

192 kbps

Files

Collection

Citation

Henry Glassie, “Jessie Wells, 1965,” CGP Community Stories, accessed August 21, 2017, http://cgpcommunitystories.org/items/show/281.