Tony McAfee, one of Lee Wilson & Company's farm managers, and his family
Each of the Wilson's farm managers was responsible for crop production on six-hundred-acre plots. R.E.L. Wilson, Jr. typically would oversee these mangers personally, often riding out to these farms by horse, then "riding the place" with the farm manager.
A tenant's garden plot
In this photograph, Jim Crain inspects the garden of a farm laborer. Each tenant family was given space for a garden plot. The company expected these plots to be kept in a tidy manner. Often the garden crops were planted in tilled rows to make weeding easier.
Despite the coming of mechanization in the early twentieth century, much of Lee Wilson & Company's land was maintained by hand labor. Some specific tasks required manual labor, such as the picking of cotton. Here workers dump cotton from their burlap sacks into a wagon. A typical adult worker could pick 150 pounds per day.
A shelter from the sun
Children too young to go to school or to work in the fields often accompanied their parents to the field. Here a young boy seeks relief from the Delta sun in the shade of a wagon.
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