|1912 Leslie: The older man
is Ossie Layton. He worked for dad on the farm for 50 cents
per day and dinner. This is an original picture. See the nails
and shoes on the oxen. They worked hauling timber to the mills- ties
and bolts. The ties were for railroad beds, the bolts to sew into
staves to make barrels.
Mr. Ben Winchell of Rocky Hill- I know the older man, Mr. Ossie Layton. He lived on the road east of Leslie Cemetery. He raised a large family of boys and girls. I was in school with them. Mr. Layton worked for my father on the farm some. You notice the small wooden yoke on the steer. Most men, when working one steer, would use a horse collar upside down. You can also see the nails in the steer's hooves to hold on the shoe. Steers had to be shod with two steel plates as the hoof was divided. There was a blacksmith shop in Dinktown. This smithie would shoe steers. He had a squeeze-shut to hold them while the worked on them. I have a set of steer shoes worn by Leslie steers.
Bert Boyd said Ben came to Leslie once or twice a month with ties for the railroad or stave bolts for the mill.
Glyn "Holly" Hollabaugh
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