Enclosed pictures taken at Good Samaritan Home, Arthur, N. D. on
Sept. 20, 1963. The engine a 25-40 Oilpull, recently purchased from
Harold Williams, Ada, Minn. The separator an International
Harvester 28-46, 1929 Model.
We think this is probably one of the largest strawpiles threshed
at one setting in N. Dak. this year. It is the straw from a 100
acre oatfield that yielded 8,600 bushels. We used 4 bundle racks
pulled by tractors, with two men in each and used 4 field pitchers.
We do not do this just as a demonstration but because we need the
straw and have a number of young fellows who like to help, and so
we can do it cheaper.
Our Home is a custodial home for 80 people, some aged, some
handicapped, some retarded. Many have a rural background and need
some activity. They get very enthused when it is threshing time, as
it brings back memories of days gone by, gives different activities
and they also enjoy the visitors who stop in to watch.
We also have a dairy herd of 40 Holstein cattle, and each year
thresh the straw from 15 acres of oats into the haymow. We raise
150 pigs yearly, and have a flock of 200 laying hens. These, too
use some of this straw.