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Retrieval Number:2003.31/8
Anderson’s hay press near Cole’s Island, ca. 1996.
Mount Allison University Archives, Peter Ennals fonds.
May be reproduced only with permission of Mount Allison University Archives

Tantramar farmers involved in the hay economy used some form of hay press to process their hay in preparation for market. During the second half of the 19th-century, the earliest versions of these devices were large structures permanently installed in a barn dedicated to this purpose. However by the early decades of the 20th-century, local men were constructing smaller portable hay presses that could be pulled by horses into the field so that large 100 pound wire tied bales could be made there during the haying season. This one belonged to the late Albert Anderson. It probably dates to the period before World War II and would be one of the last of this generation of machines to be used. It was abandoned on the marsh and fell into progressive decline. Today it is barely visible from the Trans-Canada Highway – its decay and destruction almost complete. Today farmers use a newer technology to make very large “round bales,” many of which are then wrapped in plastic to protect them from the weather. This permits the bale to remain in the field until required thereby removing the need for storage barns, a factor that has hastened the further decline and disappearance of these once numerous and characteristic marsh icons. For more on this hay press go to Albert Anderson’s oral history recording.

Click here for the Andeson recording. Albert Anderson’s oral history recording

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