David Melson

Picturing the Past 95: A one-horse open sleigh

Posted Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at 12:58 PM
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  • I do not ever remember anyone in our family owning a sleigh, but I do remember that my step-Grandfather had a sled (he called it a slide) that he used to carry the plow to the field behind the mule or horse. It was also used for things like picking up rocks from the field. There were times when snow was on the ground that he would hitch up the horse and pull me through the snow on that sled.

    I never owned a sled, I can remember that when we built our new house in 1946 the block masons made a mortar board, sometimes called a batter board, out of a few planks nailed on to two 2 X 4's. They left it when the house was done and my Dad sawed the ends of the 2 X 4's on a angle, put a rope on it, and I used that for a sled.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Jan 11, 2011, at 3:18 PM
  • "Stanpipe Hill" as we called it way back when, was another great place to sled. Too much traffic now and I'm too old.

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Jan 23, 2011, at 12:52 PM
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