Wednesday, January 22, 2014

You have an Identical Twin Somewhere!

| Phone on the wall | Crank phone | all most like identical twins | same first name |

This really happened to me. The names are substituted to protect the individuals rights to privacy. I am going to call him Joe.

Years ago I was working as a Sales Rep for a Feed company. I had become acquainted with an older man named Joe. He lived in and had an office in a rural small town.

Joe had an investment in a livestock unit which I had sold them on our products. I would usually have an appointment with him over lunch about once a month. We would usually meet for lunch at a small truck stop and restaurant on the edge of town.

I would call a day or two ahead and set an appointment with Joe to meet him at that restaurant.

    On the wall crank phone--Party
              line.            Phone-dial on base and hand held ear piece and
              mike     Photo of the Dial of a dial phone

No, it was not on on the old phone on the wall that my folks had. By the time Beth and I were married we had a more modern one with a dial. To operate this, you put your finger in the hole of the number and turned the dial clock wise to the little hook (stop), pull your finger out of the hole and the spring loaded dial would return to the start position.

Well anyway, back to the incident which is a true story.

This day I met Joe and we were eating and talking and all of a sudden, Joe said, "Harley, don't turn and look but I would like you to do a little funny thing for me. Get up and go down along this counter to the front and turn to the front door, turn and come along the booths and walk slowly past that third booth. Don't get excited or upset. OK"

I said, "Ok" and preceded. When I approached the booth in which was an older couple and he looked up and saw me. He jumped up to his feet and said "Harley! when did you get into town.
                                Photo of a suprised look on his face.
( I had no idea who he was or what he was talking about.). His wife chimed in, you really have the gall to come into town from California without telling us.

By this time, Joe was walking up and laughing. He told both of them and myself that he really wanted to know just how much their son and I were alike. It is even more funny that we both have the name of Harley.

Both of them said, "Do you mind if I stare at you for a moment?" I  can't believe you are not our son.

Joe said, "I have been doing business with this guy for over a year and I know he is not your son."

We talked for a little and it was also interesting that their son at that time was living in California only about 75 miles where my Mom and Dad where still leaving at that time.

Harley Petersen

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Peaches or Raisins Anyone?
Making Dried Peaches  |  Making Raisins |  Redwood Trays |  Paper Trays

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I was shopping in the grocery store a couple of days ago here in
Lincoln, Nebraska. I approached the dried fruits shelf's and I
asked the lady standing next to me if she knew where those
raisins came from. She said  "no I don't." I said, "would you
like to know something about it as I grew up working with

I was just being friendly to the young lady whom seemed
very interested in what  she was reading the information on
the back-side of the Sun-Maid Raisins Container.
                             photo of 20 oz Container of Sun-Maid Raisins
I said, "Young Lady I can tell you a lot about them as I was born
and raised just 7 miles north of Kingsburg, California, the main
office and processing plant of Sun-Maid. The fruit used to be
Sun Dried, but now it is dried by dehydration machines.

Here is pictures of a drying yard with Peaches cut in half on
Redwood trays. This was very hard back breaking work as
it took two people, one on each end to spread them out like
this.Then turn them over at the right time buy putting a tray on
top and the team of two would flip the two trays without
moving the fruit out of place on the opposing try.                 Peaches cut in half, fumigate and drying in sun on redwood trays.

Making Raisins

There are many varieties of grapes, but the one seen the
most are like in the raisins in the container pictured up above.
They come from the grapes and the vines you see here are
Thomson grapes. the yellow grapes.
Peaches cut in half, femugated and
              drying in sun on redwood trays.

Making raisins was similar to making dried peaches except they
started to use treated paper as this was cheaper. They were not
fumigated, but spread well over the tray without bunching up so
all berries would receive the Sun rays.

When dried enough they where turned as the peaches were
turned except the 2 man team had to wood trays in which they
pulled the paper tray up on the wood tray and topped with the
second tray and then flipped just right so the grapes still layer as
a single layer for proper drying.

I have been working and researching how to copy a picture
which was made by my mother's aunt about 1925 of my
grandmother, mother, uncle and their fruit stand along high-way
99 in Selma, California, but to no avail. Her aunt was a
professional and may have done something to stop copies.

I had wanted you to know this article is real, not copied out
of the website of

I hope you enjoy and if you have never tried them, they are
stimulating in the mouth and very healthy.

Harley Petersen
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