Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mollie And Her Sisters

The year is 1915 and 9 year old Mollie Keller and her 10 and 13 years old sisters are pulling beets in late October in Colorado. In the words of Lewis Hine, the photographer, "The overalls are used by many girls and women. They said they began sometimes at 5am, usually about 6 or 7 and work until 6pm with an hour off at noon. An eight year old works some. These four children with mother and father work a large plot of beets on contract near Sterling, Colorado. This family will make from $800-900 this season, with 2-3 hundred dollars in for expenses."

Work camps would spring up across Colorado for the beet harvesting season. One was called St. Petersburg for the high number of Russian families. Another was called the Pansie Bed for the bright colors the residents painted their temporary housing.

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