Bob Reilly and Dan Jordan are using their skis to get around the orchard to tend to the trees. The image is labeled "c. 1926".
An orchardist told me they sometimes take advantage of the deep snow to prune the tops of the trees without needing ladders.
The Jordan family and the Reilly family were very close neighbors in the upper Hood River Valley near Parkdale.
Dan was a native of Danville, Virginia. He and his wife, Fern did have an adopted son, also named Dan. He was born in 1883 and died here in Hood River area in 1961.
Bob Reilly was Robert Burns Reilly and his wife was Marguerite Middleswart. He was born in 1887 and died in 1980.
Charlott on 23rd February 2021 @ 7:20am
The hard work on a farm never ends.
L.E. on 23rd February 2021 @ 9:01am
I thought snow was considered a good insulator, but not so?
nels on 23rd February 2021 @ 12:48pm
I was wondering the same thing, nels. Maybe they're worried about branches breaking?
ArthurB on 23rd February 2021 @ 2:03pm
Out of curiosity, how deep is "deep snow" when it is in an orchard up around Parkdale? Maybe 3 or 4 feet, or even more?
kmb on 23rd February 2021 @ 3:42pm
Where's Binns Hill when we need him?
nels on 23rd February 2021 @ 5:14pm
I’d say anywhere from 2-4 feet. A few years ago when we had deep snow during pruning time- the orchardist bought snow shoes for the whole crew. And they were able to prune without ladders. I’ve seen them using them recently too.
Beth huk on 23rd February 2021 @ 6:38pm