Photograph described on back, handwritten in ink as, “The Last Load, July 20, 13 some classy outfit. Comptche ranch ‘on the ridge’.”
A wagon load of hay may be seen, being drawn by two draft horses. Two men stand by next to the wagon and horses. There is a mule (?) in the foreground. A man leaning on what is probably a pitch fork stands in the wagon, just behind the seat. The driver of the team, seated with legs crossed, may be a woman.
Just a week before this photograph was taken, the Beacon reported that W. H. Oppenlander of Comptche was in Mendocino “on a business visit and reports crop conditions in Comptche valley as being good. He says that the hay crop will be the best had in that section for four or five years.”
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