Large Crop of Apples

It took a team of people to process the apple crop at W. W. Grigsby’s orchard in 1915, from the man overseeing the packing to the boy who swore at the mules, as we see in this agricultural report from the October 28, 1915 Skidmore New Era:

Large Crop of Apples.

Picking apples at the W. W. Grigsby orchard was finished last week.


The weather and roads were not very favorable to picking and hauling, yet they made a record on time this year.


The actual time in picking and barreling was twenty-four days and seven hours.


There were 52,000 bushels which filled 17,833 barrels and required 94 freight cars to haul them from Skidmore and a whole lot more wagon loads to get them from the orchard to Skidmore.


The apples were shipped to Kansas City and placed in cold storage as the price at present would not justify putting such a good grade of apples on the market.


Grigsby’s orchard is one of the best commercial orchards in Northwest Missouri. ┬áNot that the soil or climate is any better than anywhere else in this part of the state, but when apple picking time comes the scenery is something grand in his orchard.


Mr. Grigsby takes care of his orchard by cultivating and pruning and then he uses spray liberally — that is at the right time and a sufficient number of times.


Mr. Grigsby says he thinks he never had a nicer set of men around in apple picking time, from A. L. Hall, a young fellow from Kansas City of about eighty, who superintended the packing, clear down the line to the boy who swore at the mules.