Yesterday: Marking farming advances

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 15, 2011

This photograph, which appeared in the June 24, 1937, edition of the Salisbury Post, shows D. Lee Canup holding a cradle — a long-toothed frame often fastened to a scythe so that grain could be laid evenly as it was cut. When the picture was taken, this particular cradle was thought to be around 100 years old and was part of a story showing how far farmers had come with modern combines in harvesting wheat. Canup was a retired mail carrier and farmer who lived on Old Concord Road. The cradle’s long fingers had recently been replaced, with “most of that type of work in the county being heretofore done by John (Grandpa) Frick of Granite Quarry,” the caption said.