South Dakota's Overby brothers, John and Theodore, designed and built the first corn picker, completing their device in 1904. Descendants of the Overby family donated the original picker to the South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum, Brookings, S.D. Restorer Bill Lee spent more than 1,600 hours restoring and reassembling the picker. This video gives a glimpse into the intense restoration.
Video courtesy South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum.
For more on the Overby check out the April 2014 issue of Farm Collector, or read Corn Picker Makes a Hard Job Easier.