Here are some photos of Chinese American farming life. The central picture is an aerial view of the Jue Joe Ranch. Above that is a picture of the Pierce Arrow Touring Car that belonged to Jue Joe and has been discussed in a previous post. In the foreground is an iron pitchfork that figured in a unfortunate incident that involved my father Jack and his sister Joan and my grandfather San Tong (Ah Gung to me and BABA or Chinese for Dad to my father and his sister ) . Let me have my Auntie Soo-Yin tell the story :
Here are some pictures of various farm implements from the Jue Joe ranch . Notice the asparagus shoots coming up from soil ! One unusual farm implement is the custom asparagus machete between the saw and the hammer on the wall that was designed by my grandfather, San Tong Jue . Let me have my Auntie Soo-Yin tells us about it :
In the photo below my cousin Michael and his wife , Noelle, are studying various items from the Joe Joe Ranch . On the wall with the Chinese writing is the deed to Jue Joe's land in China that has been discussed in a previous post in this blog. Let me have my Auntie Soo-Yin tell us about some of the other items on display . The lowest picture on the wall labeled "Produce" is a picture of my Uncle Guy, Michael's father, selling produce at "Spring Farm" as a teenager. I have discussed "Spring Farm " in another post in this blog .
I think Guy was about 15- to-16-years old in this photo. I recall that Guy and Soo-Jan were still in high school. Soo-Jan must have been about 16- to-17-years old because I remember her working at the check-out counter at Spring Farm sometimes. She was learning how to pack groceries correctly in a bag...heavy stuff on bottom, delicate stuff like egg cartons on top...Richard Sr. was teaching her.I recognize Michael's "diaper table." We had a utility table just like this one that sat next to a big wok in our kitchen. Both the big wok and top of the utility table were nickel-plated metal. Due to the table's age and condition in the photo I would guess that it is probably from the Ranch. But I could be wrong, Estelle, if you had one too. I recall that my Mom liked to prepare our baby food on that little table, which is why I remember it, and I guess this was the table's good "dress rehearsal" for Michael's diaper changing, LOL!Also, I see Ah Gung's bookcase and bookshelf that he'd made in "Woodshop" at Van Nuys High School. Next to Michael's diaper table I see what looks like Ah Gung's bookcase that had glass window panes on its door. But one or two of the glass window panes were broken when we found it in the barn, and so the door was removed and the bookcase sat in a corner of our family room on the Ranch. The bookshelf to the right of the bookcase was made in the same semester, I believe.