Picking Beans

Picking beans at the McGarrah farm near Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in 1955

Picking beans at the McGarrah farm near Siloam Springs (Benton County), July 1, 1955. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bauer Collection (S-92-144)

Standing, from left: Mrs. Bob Anderson, Bob Anderson, Geneva McGarrah Bauer, unidentified, Tom Anderson, Tom Alverson, Tom Alverson (bushel basket on shoulder). Crouched, from left: Pearl McGarrah, Jack Bauer.

Geneva Bauer (the woman looking at the camera) is holding a list of basket weights used to estimate the pounds of beans picked. Workers was paid ten cents per pound of beans. This truckload was headed for Dallas to fresh-market buyers.

 

Picking beans at the McGarrah farm near Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in 1955

Picking beans at the McGarrah farm near Siloam Springs (Benton County), July 1, 1955. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bauer Collection (S-92-144)

Standing, from left: Mrs. Bob Anderson, Bob Anderson, Geneva McGarrah Bauer, unidentified, Tom Anderson, Tom Alverson, Tom Alverson (bushel basket on shoulder). Crouched, from left: Pearl McGarrah, Jack Bauer.

Geneva Bauer (the woman looking at the camera) is holding a list of basket weights used to estimate the pounds of beans picked. Workers was paid ten cents per pound of beans. This truckload was headed for Dallas to fresh-market buyers.

 

Brogdon and Hazel Produce Warehouse

Brogdon and Hazel produce wholesale warehouse on Emma Avenue, Springdale, Arkansas, circa 1939

Brogdon and Hazel produce wholesale warehouse on Emma Avenue, Springdale, circa 1939. Natalie Henry, photographer. Martha Hall Collection (S-96-112-15)

Forrest Hazel (1891–1981) and Preston Brogdon (1899–1951) ran a bustling wholesale produce market in downtown Springdale for more than thirty years, during the town’s heyday as an agricultural hub where local farmers sold a variety of crops which were shipped out via rail or processed locally.

In the late 1930s, artist Natalie Henry was hired to paint a WPA mural for the Springdale post office. She spent a few days in Springdale taking photos as a way to inform her artwork, including this street scene in from of Brogdon and Hazel’s warehouse.  Today, Natalie Henry’s mural, “Local Industries,” hangs in the Shiloh Museum. Learn more about the mural under the “New Deal” section of our 1920 to 1950 online exhibit. Martha Hall Collection (S-87-37-5)

 

Pumping Water from the Pond

Tom Farish (right) and an identified worker at a irrigation pond in Lowell (Benton County), July 1946.

The portable pump was sending much-needed water to fields of green beans. Farish (1897–1946) and Joe Steele were co-owners of Steele Canning Company, regional processors of beans, tomatoes, and spinach. Maudine Sanders Collection (S-2006-132-152)

Tom Farish (right) and an identified worker at a irrigation pond in Lowell (Benton County), July 1946.

The portable pump was sending much-needed water to fields of green beans. Farish (1897–1946) and Joe Steele were co-owners of Steele Canning Company, regional processors of beans, tomatoes, and spinach. Maudine Sanders Collection (S-2006-132-152)