Monday, February 26, 2007

Hayes Harvest "Gleaning" 1871

September 2, 1871

Not Allowed to Glean

Hayes Field of Wheat

In the Parish of Hayes by the roadside, there stood a large field of Wheat, often looked upon and admired by passers by. 

But a new custom has been introduced and the Farmer is not content with his goodly portion, but has positively orderd the field racked, so that, if possible there shall be none left for the "Gleaners"

The "Gleaners" were often the poor women and children of the Parish who, hoped to gather a few ears of corn to make into bread, after the farmer had harvested in order to stave off hunger.

Picture Joseph Arch, Agricultural Workers Union leader