44 YEARS A STEAM THRESHERMAN

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Bargersville, Indiana

I was born in 1884, my father was threshing then. He had a Russell separator, his partner had a 12 H.P. Stevens pin engine. In 1898 my father bought a 10 H.P. Russell engine and a wind stacker for his separator. I got to run the stacker, I was 14 years old then. I hauled water through clover hulling. My father had a No. 1 Birdsell huller. I then hauled water and fired the engine through wheat threshing for two seasons, then I took over the engine.

In 1905 my father bought a new 20H.P. Russell engine No. 12618 and a new 33 x 50 Russell separator complete.

In 1905 my neighbor and I got a 13H.P. used Russell engine and Matchless clover huller -- was a good outfit.

In 1906 I got a 30 x 46 used Russell separator with a blower and weigher. Engine was too small -- sold it -- and got a 16 H.P. Stevens No. 1884. Iran this outfit until 1911, exchanged it for a 20 H.P. Russell engine No. 14614 and a 33x54 Russell separator No.21050 complete. Run separator 24 seasons, engine 30 years and in 1930 bought the last 33 x 54 Russell separator the Russell Co. had. In 1931 pushed an 18 H.P. advance Rumley engine, the last one they had -- run this outfit until 1942 -- then the combine took over. We have a combine but it is not like threshing grain with a real threshing machine.