Far left: An early-day threshing rig near Wiota, Iowa. At far left: John Tibken Jr., one of the owners of the rig (a 20-40 Rumely and Nichols & Shepard Red River Special 32-inch-by-56-inch threshing machine) shown at back. The identities of the other two men shown are not known. The photo dates to about 1927.
Right: Hauling away the 20-40 Rumely in 1948. “My granddad and uncles, John Tibken Jr. and William Tibken, decided to sell the old Rumely for scrap,” recalls Hubert Porter. “They cranked it up in the shed and ran it up on to the truck. The top had to be cut off because it was too high to run down the highway.”