Here is an excerpt from a personal history written by Jack Drake Haynes, (who I am named after).
"Around this time [first grade], Seth [his older brother] and Wayne K. and I went out to Wayne's orchard to pick apples. I climbed up in the tree and tossed apples down. I didn't know the apples had just been sprayed with arsenic to kill bugs! I ate 2 or 3 apples...after a while I started feeling yucky! I lay down on Wayne's lawn and looked at his house. It was spinning round and round! It got blacker and blacker...and I was soon unconscious. I don't know if anyone figured out what was wrong with me, because Seth and Wayne didn't get sick. Someone took me home, but no one called a doctor! I was unconscious for several days! Finally, Dad and Brother Petersen gave me a blessing and I woke up. About a month later, my black hair turned bright red. Another month and it all fell out! I was bald as a billiard ball. I had to start school, (second or third grade) without any hair. My hair did finally grow back dark and wavy."I've heard Grandpa tell this story a few times and one thing he usually mentions is that they figure Seth and Wayne didn't get sick because, having both hands free, they rubbed their apples clean on their shirts and didn't suffer the effects of the poison.
|Glen, Verl, Seth and Jack, a few years after the apple incident.|