Missouri Threshing Bee

Reeves simple high-wheeler

This Reeves simple high-wheeler owned by Mr. Peacock, measures 96 inches in diameter. There are but three of them in existence in the U.S., and but two are in operating condition. (Haston L. St. Clair standing in the wheel). See the Missouri Threshing Bee

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7511 The Paseo, Kansas City 10, Missouri

IN SEPTEMBER, 1957 ED. M. Peacock held an annual Threshing Bee on his farm near Fulton, Missouri, where he has lived since early boyhood. His father before him ran threshing machines. In 1911 Ed. started operating his first machine and continued until the late 30's. In 1936 he had seven machines operating in the field. He still uses the old time method of threshing grain on his farm every year.

Mr. Peacock is popular throughout the state with his engines and is invited to show them at the Missouri State Fair, county fairs and centennials.

At this Threshing Bee there were 14 engines, most of which had been owned and operated in Missouri. The morning was spent in getting up steam, and making adjustments on the machines. Wheat was threshed from eleven until noon. Dinner was served by church women from Aux Vausse, Missouri.

Then came the parade of engines, led by a small model owned and made by Mr. McKinney of Cairo, Missouri. A delightful part of the parade was a concert played by Mace Broiles on a steam calliope that was built in 1870 or 1830. It is one of the few of its kind and is owned by Mr. Peacock.

No. 3 was a Reeves, built in 1917, 16-72 hp., weight 8 tons; No. 4, Reeves built in 1914-15, 32-120 hp., 22 tons; No. 5, Reeves, 1896, 13-50 hp., 7 tons; No. 6, 1910 Case 15-45, 8 tons; No. 7, 1922 Keck-Gonerman, 22-85, 12 tons; No. 8, Advance 1916, 20-72, 11 tons; Mo. 9, Greyhound, 1917, 18-65, 10 tons; No. 10, 1916 Minneapolis 20-70, 12 tons; No. 11, Port Huron, 1916, 19-65, ten tons; No. 12, Jumbo, 1915, 20-82, 12 tons. There were two 15 hp. Case engines and one 16 hp. Reeves engine at the bee that were not in the parade.

Next on the agenda was the Prony Brake testing horsepower under the belt the results are shown in the figures above.

One of the most interesting antiques of the display was the century-old sash-saw owned by George Meyers of McKittrick, Missouri. It is driven by a Pittman rod at the speed of a two-man saw. The log is held in the center of the carriage and the boards are cut off from the top side. The saw blade is adjustable up and down to receive different size logs. Mr. Spencer, of Newton, Kansas, said his grandfather operated one of these saws in Tennessee with water power before the Civil War.

There was a hand thresher with cranks turned by two men, the heads of grain being fed into the machine by hand. When the grain was beaten out by the cylinder the straw was thrown to one side. This hand separator was called a ground hog thresher and is owned by Ray Ernst, of Wayland, Iowa.

One of the two sawmills owned by Mr. Peacock was in operation all day sawing lumber.

Interested visitors came from many states and from as far away as Honduras and England.