There's more going on here than I first noticed. These orchardists are identified as P. S. (or P. L.) and Margaret Tompkins of Pine Grove, and that's their horse "Nance." Notes indicate the photo was taken in 1907, and they were applying a dormant spray of lime and sulfur in an oil emulsion.
It looks like the lime sulfur mix is on a sled which Nance would pull down the rows. Mr. Tompkins is holding a spray wand, and I suspect Mrs. Tompkins is operating a hand pump.
Our local Agricultural Experiment Station would introduce steam and gasoline powered sprayers to the valley within a few years.
Percy L. and Margaret Tompkins were orchardists on Paasch Road in Pine Grove. She was a Canadian and he was a native of Maine. Both are buried in Idlewilde.
Charlott on 19th June 2019 @ 7:09am
nels on 19th June 2019 @ 5:43pm
Cool shot! The sled is called a 'Stoneboat'
Ben on 22nd June 2019 @ 4:50pm
They were the stock of the American beginning. Without such stock no America. Be thankful they did the hard work.
Delano Vanover on 3rd September 2021 @ 3:20pm