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Husking Hook
Husking Hook
Resource Typeimage
TitleHusking Hook
Coverage / Yearc. 1850
DescriptionA corn husking hook was used to strip the ear from its outer covering. It attachs to the hand with canvas and maintains a sharp metal hook.
InterpretationEvery farmer in McLean County was familiar with husking hooks, which were used from the earliest settlement until the 1930s. A glove-like canvas device fitted with a sharp steel hook was used to do the job. Competition for labor at harvest was intense as farmers competed in making husking a social event.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; Communities and Geography; American Communities in History
Learning Standards15 Economics; 16 History; 18 Social systems
Author or CreatorMcLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill.
Other ContributorsWalters, William D, Jr., 1942-
Source'The Heart of the Cornbelt: An Illustrated History of Corn Farming in McLean County,' by William D. Walters Jr.; ISBN 0-943788-15-3 (1997)
Subject / KeywordsMcLean County, Illinois; Corn husking; Corn; Canvas;
Collection PublisherMcLean County Museum of History
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Rights Management Statement
Resource Identifiermch0251; IL MCLEAN AGR WAL - Figure 3:12, p. 36
CONTENTdm file name2814217732002_mch0251.jpg
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