Hardwick Faces & Places ; 1948-1955

Sketches by Ed Deak, c. 1950

George Kester
George "Happy" Kester, Joe Kester's son and my best friend.
George Kester
George "Happy" Kester.
Sid Badcock
Sid Badcock from Toft.
Kibble Porter
Kibble Porter, assistant manager. He lived with his wife and daughter in the thatched cottage shown in one of the Hardwick photos, at the bend of the road, by the fruit pickers' camp. He must have pruning and had his feet wrapped up with bags over his rubber boots.
Kibble Porter
Kibble Porter.
Bill Preston
Bill Preston from Toft. Bill was an Irishman and butler in a stately home before he married one of the maids and somehow ended up in Toft and on the farm.
Jack Marshall
Jack Marshall.
Red Brick Farm
A sketch made in 1949 near the farm's water tower, looking away from the Toft road (East).
Red Brick Farm
A rough cattle yard between stacks of grain near the water tower, looking toward the Toft road (West?)
When we thrashed those stacks with a 1909 steam engine driven thrashing machine, the millions of mice ate up all the strings and we had to scoop the remnants up in fruit sieves, including the mouse droppings. Everything inside was chaff. This again was routine, as some stacks were not thrashed for years and bred only rats and mouse. We used to have all our dogs around and by the afternoon they were so full of mice that they ate only the babies and were too tired to kill more rats. My dog, Candy, used to kill the rats and just left them lying , except the ones that put up a fight. Those she took and buried. Barney Coxall's dog Nippie - he was quite a character. Once we were sitting on a full sprayer with Barney, on a deeply rutted, muddy road. Nippie was running around in circles and fell into one of the ruts right in front of the sprayer's wheels, which ran over him right across the waist. We screamed and George stopped the tractor. We ran to Nippie , still pasted into the rut. He stood up shook himself and jumped around happy as can be.
Red Brick Farm
Still the same area.
Red Brick Farm
This is the last one of the cattle yard by the water tower.

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