Loading Hay into the Cow Barn, Alfred


At the Alfred Shaker Community are, left to right: Bill Eaton, driving oxen; Brother Stephen Gowen, on load; Brother Frank Butler (1833-1917), next to wagon.

Assisting the Brothers with the farm work at the Alfred community was Bill Eaton, a hired hand. As the number of Brethren decreased it became increasingly necessary to employ outside help.

For example, in 1872 the Sabbathday Lake community employed 18 hired men to work on the farm and in the mill. This almost doubled the male work force, as between the Church and Poland Hill Families there were 21 Brothers.

The two-wheeled cart made it easier to tip and unload.

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