Prune picker

Prune picker is a Depression Era term for a native Californian. It was not a complement. In the thirties when I was a boy there were times that I was the only prune picker in a group. Everyone else had been born somewhere else.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Broom making the old fashioned way.

Fiddlers and cloggers like clean floors. So they had a broom maker installed in the middle of the fiddle fest.

This really caught my eye. When I was 7 or 8 years old a man had a broom factory across the alley. I spent hours watching him comb the seeds out of broom corn and making brooms. It was a one man factory. I can remember his first name. It was Ward. It was fascinating watching him form a broom. He even had a label with "Pomona Broom Factory" printed on it.

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