This derrick picture was found in a Lovell Family picture collection. It is interesting that such a large group of people
were gathered around such a dirty and mundane task as stacking hay. But it appears the reason was that the top of the derrick
boom had broken off. Such an event would have been pictureworthy because, first, they were lucky if no one was hurt and, second,
an emergency plan would be needed to get the hay put up.
On the back of the picture above, which was mailed to Ezra Morgan by George Radford, is written "George [Radford], Dean
[Radford], and Charley [Haskell] down to Carey just delivered this derrick down there and made it for Charley." George
Radford and his sons built the parts for this derrick in the Ririe, Idaho area, hauled them to Carey, Idaho, and constructed
the derrick for George's son in law Charley Haskell (Who married George's oldest daughter Vera LaVona Radford).
While most Southeastern Idaho farmers had to have a derrick, there were no companies making derricks. Farmers made their
own, usually by joining forces with neighbors or relatives. It was a true cottage industry producting a large, heavy, utilitarian
product necessary for farming at that time and place.
Derricks have pretty much disappeared from Eastern Idaho and only through old pictures do we know what they looked like. This
picture, taken on the Kenneth Morgan farm near Rigby, Idaho, was meant to illustrate a boy feeding lambs, but in the background
is the derrick that served the farm, and the family, well for many years until newer equiment made it obsolete.
Pictures of working derricks
Click on the link above to see pictures of derricks in use.
Pictures of surviving derricks
Click on the link above to see pictures of derricks that have survived the technology revolution in farm machinery.
Click on the link above to see three models that illustrate variations in the way derricks were built.
Click on the link above to see a picture of the Jackson Fork, the appendage at the end of the cable that functioned to lift
the hay off the wagon and drop it on the haystack.