“Bad, Bad Winter”

Putting up hay with Mormon hay stacker, Box Elder County, Utah, circa 1940. Photographed by Russell Lee, 1903-1986. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

“KANSAS LEGEND tells of a pioneer rancher who spent the summer making a huge stack of hay to feed his cows through the winter,” relates Field Editor Karen Ann Bland of Gove, Kansas. “When he thought he had enough, he sent his son to ask a wise old Indian chief what kind of winter to expect.

“The chief solemnly shook his head and said, ‘Bad!’

“Alarmed, the rancher made even more hay, then sent his son back for an updated forecast. ‘Very bad!’ the chief said.

“So the rancher desperately made still more hay, then sent his son back to the chief. ‘Bad, bad winter. Much cold. Deep snow for many moons,’ he warned ominously.

“Impressed and worried, the son finally asked, ‘Please tell me: How do you know this?’

“The chief pointed toward the family’s distant ranch and said, ‘Because white man make much hay.’ “
—Country magazine, October/November 2006.

This is only ONE reason I love Country magazine.

No, I don’t work for the magazine, but that would be an ideal job, if there is such a thing as an ideal job.

Perhaps one day I shall share some other reasons why I love Country magazine when I’m stuck for something to say. Well, I’m not really stuck for something to say. I just read this and had a good laugh and wanted to share it with you. It caught me so off guard, as I hope it did you.

Have a great day!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beverleysmith36
    May 14, 2012 @ 01:07:31

    loving the old photos 🙂


    • Cris
      May 14, 2012 @ 07:20:41

      Thanks. Me, too. You should have seen them before I slightly messed with them.

      I love anything from the olden days. I’m a collector (not a very big one), but what I find, I like to save.

      Thanks for being here. 🙂


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