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Minnesota Scene from Norway

Courtesy of Alf Elden, Rt. 2, Box 171, Oslo, Minnesota Scene from Norway

Alf Elden

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Oslo, Minnesota

This is a continuation of my column in the last issue of the Album where I was writing about getting this hand powered threshing machine in Northern Norway. Mr. Gulbrandsen said they could thresh up to 20 sacks or 40 bushels of grain a day, the threshing would be done in winter, with the bundles under cover and then the weather would not be too warm for the hard work of cranking the machine. In Norway they did not shock their grain like we used to do here, because of poor drying conditions and high water level in the ground. The way they dried the bundles was done by setting 5 or 6 foot poles in the ground and thread the bundles on flat side on the pole till the pile reached to top of pole. After the bundles dried out they were then hauled into buildings. They are now using combines for harvesting in many places in Norway where the fields are big enough. The grain has to be straight combined and run thru dryer, as swathed grain would not dry out on the ground.

This machine only threshes the grain out of the heads. It does not separate the grain out from the straw. It's then separated by shaking the grain and chaff out of the straw by use of a fork. The grain and chaff is then run thru a fanning mill for cleaning.

This machine had not been used for about 20 years before 1958 as they now have more modern machines on the small farms. They have mostly stationary threshers run by electric motor. This machine has some Norwegian print on it and translated it means Prize awarded in all European countries received up until 1879-249 first prizes.

We had the machine shipped by boat from Sorreisa to Oslo, Norway, a distance of over one thousand miles. It was then transferred on board S. S. Stavangerfjord and shipped as baggage and this was the same ship we came on too. It was shipped by rail from New York to Oslo, Minn.

While on this trip driving to northern Norway we crossed five fjords by way of car ferries.

On the way South again, we drove Southeast into Finland, going on a highway alongside a big river which is the boundary between Finland and Sweden. We drove quite a long distance along this road and then crossed the river by ferry and then continued South some distance, then turning West and crossing Northern Sweden and into Norway arriving at Namsos, our headquarters. After visiting our relatives and friends some more we left Norway for our homeward journey the 20th of August arriving in New York the 29th. We run into one very bad storm the night of the 25th.

We then drove from New York to Cooperstown, N. Y., where we saw the Farmers Museum, very interesting place. Then we went on to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, really worth while taking in.

Will have to cut this short for now as time is running out have been very busy preparing for our own Threshing Bee-and living thru it and taking in two others afterwards.