Red Power Round Up Features International Harvester

Red Power Round Up celebrates International Harvester with comprehensive museum display.

Willard Ottman, Lemmon, S.D., has strong ties to this 1928 IHC reaper. His grandfather bought it new to harvest alfalfa seed. "If you put alfalfa through a binder," he explains, "it’d knock the seed loose. But the reaper was real gentle on it." Pulled by two horses, the reaper cut the grain and placed it on the ground in a sheaf (or gavel) that was tied by hand (often by the youngest member of the farm family) using a piece of straw. "It’s a lost art," Willard says.
Photo by Leslie C. McManus