CGP Community Stories

Bertha Harvey, 1973

Title

Bertha Harvey, 1973

Subject

Hop pickers
Agriculture
Otsego County
Springfield Center, NY
Hop barn

Description

Excerpt of 1973 interview of Bertha Harvey by Richard Gnatowski. Clip created for Spring 2017 Cooperstown Graduate Program Exhibition "Hop City Pickers" at the Fenimore Art Museum Research Library.

Photo Credit:
Female Hop Pickers, 1893, attributed to Charles F. Zabriskie, photographic print, H: 6 x W: 8 in. Fenimore Art Museum Research Library, Cooperstown, New York, Florence P. Ward Local History Collection, PH1127.

Creator

Richard Gnatowski

Publisher

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

Date

1973

Rights

Cooperstown Graduate Association

Format

audio/mp3

Language

en-US

Type

Sound

Identifier

74-0066

Coverage

Otsego County

Interviewer

Richard Gnatowski

Interviewee

Bertha Harvey

Location

Springfield Center, NY

Transcription

BH: And then about, well up until 1920 there was a lot of hops growing around this section of the country. And that was a lot of work.
RG: Did you grow hops on your farm?
BH: Yes. And the hops--they would have to plant the hop roots and then they would set poles, and then there was a job to tie hops. You’d have to start the vines around the poles and then tie them so that they would climb the poles. And we had to work in the hop yard. They had to be cultivated. And along about September was hop picking time. Then we’d have to hire people to pick the hops.
RG: Did you have a hop barn on your property?
BH: Yes. The hops were put in a kiln and in the lower part would be a furnace, and then overhead the hops would be spread out on a--well it was like a netting over frames where it would dry the hops. And they’d burn sulphur so that the hops would keep their original color. And then along about 1920 some disease got in the hops. It was called the blue mold. And they couldn’t raise hops anymore.
RG: Now this was on your family’s farm?
BH: Yes.
RG: Did your family ever make any home brew?
BH: No. No home brew. Maybe some people did, but we never did.

Original Format

Cassette Tape

Duration

02:32

Files

Collection

Citation

Richard Gnatowski, “Bertha Harvey, 1973,” CGP Community Stories, accessed December 16, 2017, http://cgpcommunitystories.org/items/show/283.