An idealized rendering of a threshing scene from the cover of the July 1933 issue of Successful Farming Magazine.
Successful Farming Magazine, July 1933
The author, driving the Ford tractor (with a cousin, Bob Welch, riding shotgun), brings a buck rake load of oats bundles to the thresher. Our old one-eyed Chevy truck is returning from the granary to haul another load of sacked grain, while a hay and straw dealer is waiting to exit the field with a load of straw bales.
Threshing oats at the Moore farm on Aug. 12, 1947. The Belle City separator can be seen in the background with the baler in front. The man in the very center, wearing a cap, is my uncle, Chuck Townsend. My late cousin, Peg Townsend, recorded in her diary that we got 401-1/2 bushels of wheat, 396 bushels of oats and 800 bales of straw that day.