Letters: Steam Threshing Memories

A reader sends an archival picture of his father's threshing crew and the steam threshing rig they used in the early years of the 20th century.

| March 2005

  • steam threshing rig on threshing day
    A steam threshing rig and five man crew, circa 1910.
    Photo: Merle Huston

  • steam threshing rig on threshing day

I am enclosing a reprint copy of a steam threshing rig and field crew, which involved my granddad, D.M. Huston, my father, J.J. Huston, and my uncle, Willis Reed. This rig was before my time, as I was born in 1916. This was the beginning of a huge threshing run. In later years, I remember dad bought a 75 hp steamer, and later, a 40-inch-cylinder Case thresher. He traded the steamer for a 40-72 Case gas tractor, also bought a Cat 60 for dirt work and used it with a rear belt pulley on a 36-inch thresher. These two rigs ran a total of about 60 to 65 days a year, then combines showed up.

Merle Huston
Ainsworth, NE