May 11, 2019
1950s – Cutting Hay In Northern Nevada
Take a look back at what life was like on a cattle ranch in 1950’s Nevada!
The “Haying Season” is a film produced by Les Stewart around 1950 on the Ninety-Six Ranch and shows the process of cutting and stacking hay for the winter. Les narrates the film along with comments from his grandson Brad Kaser.
The film shows great documentation from cutting the hay with tractors, to raking the hay with jeeps and homemade motorized vehicles, to setting up the 50 foot tall derrick with boom to stack the hay. It’s a fascinating time capsule into 1950’s ranch life in Northern Nevada.
The “Haying Season” is part of the Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection at the United States Library of Congress and is available on their website.