100 Years Harvesting on the Homestead


| September/October 1993



Threshing mills and Steam engines

At seven o'clock a.m., we had three threshing mills and two steam engines set up to go for the day.

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Robert Smith of Shawville, Quebec, with the Sawyer Massey 17 HP. Robert is our painter he painted all the engines and one threshing mill this year.

My grandfather, Norman A. Campbell, born in Scotland in 1862, came to Canada with his brother, as orphan boys. They were both very young at the time when they got here. They became separated from each other and had not taken up the same occupation. The brother's name was George B. Campbell, and he was, in later years, a lumberman and sawmill man. He was working in the timber country, and at one time ran for member of parliament. I am not sure if he was elected or not. My father, born September 12th, 1892, was named George B. Campbell after him.

In June of 1892, a big cyclone came across the river from Ontario and took a strip north and east of the river. It blew the house down where we lived and also a neighbor's house and also the house on our other farm as well. The cyclone was talked about by the older men when I was a boy. They said there were fanning mills, hens and small things like that came with it from across the river and dumped on this side of the river, which would be four to six miles away! My grandfather had a horse tied to an elm tree near the house and it twisted the tree off just above where the horse was tied. It left the horse tied to the stump.

My grandfather did not get the house up and finished until nearly that fall, and the family was not moved into it until close to winter.

Arnold Feibig on the engine, and his brother Walter at the bagger. John Stewart and Roy Wiggins are pitching sheaves. The picture shows two large stacks of straw; a third is out of camera range.