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Joens ranch packing ladies

Eight packing ladies posed for this early 1900s photograph taken during the grape harvest at the Peter Joens ranch. Nearly all growers in those days grew the region's fiery red Tokay grapes which, were picked and loaded into large wood lug boxes and brought to the packing sheds by wagon. At the packing sheds, ladies used clippers to cut away any bad grapes, then packed them into smaller crates. They worked hard to make the grape bunches attractive because they fetched higher prices on the fresh market. Standing at the far left is Mary Joens. Mable Gillespie is the third woman from the left. Second from the right is Violet Joens, and next to her on the far right is Edna Gillespie.

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