The curfew tolls the knell of parting day The ploughman homeward plods his weary way.
Post marked Redford, Mich., Jan 18, 1911. Addressed to Mrs. Effie L[ee] Weaver, 94 Tireman Ave., Detroit, Michigan.
“Jan 17, 1911. Aunt Effie, Grandma [Esther Jenks Lee] said you were coming out Sat. Uncle Willie [Lewellyn Lee, Effie’s brother] is going to the Hill Sat. morning. You wait to Aunt Ora’s [Ora Lee Churches, Effie and Lewellyn’s sister] till he calls for you. If it is bad weather you can get off at the hill. Uncle Willie and Wesley are flailing beans. I have just been out and see how it was done. All are well. Hope you folks the same. Estelle [Wright]”
No idea who Wesley was. I have checked the 1910 census and he does not appear to be a neighbor. Since Willie was farming his parents’ land on his own, there is a good chance that Wesley was a hired hand. Charles Norton Lee, Esther’s husband, and Willie’s father died in 1905.
Flailing was the method of threshing the beans after they were harvested and dried — long before the modern combines which do it all.