Giant Eggs and Tiny Men

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This is the way our hens lay without nest eggs. How are you getting along. why don’t you write. We sowed ten acres of oats Tues. E.H.B.

Elba, New York must have been quite a place in 1913 to have such giant eggs and such tiny men. It looks as if the men might have been hatched from the eggs themselves. I wonder what that chicken looks like!

This postcard was sent from the town of Elba to nearby Genesis. Could Clarence have been E.H.B.’s son, left home to go into the nearby area to work at a store or maybe another farm?

At first I could not make out whether the note said ‘sowld’ or ‘sowed’. But the date helped. In April the oats would be sowed . . . by someone walking through the fields by hand, with or without the help of a horse-drawn plow.

Elba remains to this day a farming community – it is home to Torrey Farms

Torrey Farms is the name of a large, 11-generation family farm located in Elba, New York, with another farm located in Potter, New York. It is one of the largest vegetable-crop farms in New York. The land itself, which is over 10,000 acres, is primarily muckland, which is drained swampland.

which has had its share of news-worthiness

The farm makes use of migrant workers. In October, 1997, 25 migrant workers from Torrey Farms were arrested and set to be deported by Immigration. This was one of the largest immigration raids in New York history and, along with other raids of the time, it casued a significant labor shortage on Torrey Farms as well as on agriculture in the area in general. Mareen Torrey, owner of Torrey Farms said, “I’m probably going to end up leaving $2 million worth of crop in the field and it’s adding up every day”

Elba had a few other interesting inhabitants in past times. John Brown was one of them

Brown’s body still lies a-moulderin’ in the grave in upstate New York, where he confounded even other abolitionists by treating freed slaves as social equals.

and another was Mrs. Anna Newman

Special Correspondence THE NEW YORK TIMES.
April 19, 1903, Sunday
UTICA, N.Y., April 17. — A former Philadelphia woman, Miss Anna Newman, a cousin of the Rev. Dr. Henry Van Dyke, owns a farm which has the greatest elevation of any cultivated land in the State of New York. It is located in the town of North Elba in the Adirondack Mountains, four miles south of the village of Newman and Lake Placid, where several thousand tourists gather in the Summer.

This story is fascinating!

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But back to those giant eggs. They say you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs. Do you think if I broke those giant eggs open for an omelet a tiny little man would pop out of each one?

And what sort of taste would that omelet have if they did . . .

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4 thoughts on “Giant Eggs and Tiny Men

  1. Here’s what I was working from, Andy –

    Elba, New York which is in Genesee County where there was a village called Genesis at one time (I’m not sure if it still exists)

    Geneseo seems to be a quite similar place in ways but is in Livingston County.

    But since I’m not actually standing in either county I can’t vouch for their realities or whether or not they have giant eggs. Of course a place that had eggs that big might be able to exist in two counties . . . you know, parallel universe sort of thing????

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