As an almanac editor and Philom., from time to time I get asked a question that I can’t answer. Here is one from B.D. located in Oregon. Apparently, several people, in her office were looking for the meaning of a word. Read below.
Back in the 40s, 50s, and 60s we pick strawberries and put them in hallecks [sic] but cannot find that word in a dictionary or even a close definition. It was the word of the day at work and most staff haven’t a clue. Can you help? I may have the spelling wrong, but have tried haleck, halleck, hellack, hellack, etc.
I thought this would be a slam-dunk by asking my 85-year-old mother. She worked on the almanac for 40 years and was around in the decades in question. She didn’t know and asked her 90+-year-old group.
Our best guess is that it may be a regional term maybe something from the West Coast. Does anyone have an answer to the meaning of the word hallock?? If so, pass it along!