Just about everything you can do in a grape vineyard. Picking cherries. tomatoes, apples and of course grapes. Working in the hay fields.
Things kids could not do today because of the laws. I think it was around 15 I started working steady for one particular farmer doing anything that needed done from fencing to running a drag over the manure in the field and everything else in between.
Just saw the age brackets. At 18 I was working in a plastics shop and at 19 I was building Ford trucks in California, then the Army for a couple of years.
Hay and straw baling
Working after school in a hospital lab
Line supplier in a electrical manufacturer
Working in a scrapyard burning and cleaning electrical transformers for copper
And worked for Hertz Rental till I got drafted
Started lawn work at 11
High school ,work for a vet and cleaned kennels
K-mart stock boy
Lighting mfg company stock room and spray painting lamp parts.
Real good paying job with Honeywell in maintenance at 20 and doing it for the last 35+years with other companies.
Worked on farms at 12..
cleaning out chicken house( shovel manure all day Sat.)
cultivate crops with a horse and walk behind cultivator
pick 5 acres of peppers,
hoe the garden
coal the stoves,
feed the animals
Neighbors would come and get me to help clean chicken houses, the normal rate was about .75 an hour , but they would always give me a 1.00 an hour..
Helped a guy who painted houses. My job was sanding and scraping and then he let me paint garage doors, baseboards and window sash. Then I got a job on the labor gang at US Steel and after the second lay off joined the Marines. Best job was in the USMC; travel, fresh air, steady work and plenty of exercise but the chow was horrid.
At the age of 15 I was mixing mud (plaster) in a steel box with a hoe, and carrying it in 5gal. buckets to the mason for 12 dollars a day. I worked weekends, some school holidays, and all summer vacation till I graduated high school...Then I got a real job.
Baled hay most summers as a kid, sometimes for profit, sometimes for food, sometimes because it needed done. Never had a paying job during the school year... between school, sports and 4-H, most days I was running around from 6am-9pm, then had homework. Started milking cows at 17 and did that the whole way through college, and still do that on the side a few times a week.
Hay, farm work, in my spare time, unpaid. Working in the family business, blacktop - seal coating full time every summer and weekend in season, garage monkey in the winter. On the crew at 10, holding my own at 12, paid almost min wage by 16 working 60+ hour weeks were the norm. Graduated HS at 17, decided I didnt want to push blacktop, was told I could come back anytime, for a visit. Since I already knew how to puke from heat exhaustion and get yelled at for stuff others did at work and home, I went to Parris Island for a break. Turned 18 in boot. Pushed blacktop and painted houses on leave. Knew that the date on my watch was of some importance, then realized it was my 21st b day while I was troubleshooting launches on the flight deck of the Connie. Nice view, no beer.