| March/April 1971

  • Townsend tractor
    Beautiful Antique Acres in September. Threshing scene before the show. 15-30 Townsend tractor and a 30-56 Wood Bros. Thresher. Engineer, H. Pries; Separator Man, A. J. Fischels.

  • Townsend tractor

Vice-Pres., and Pat Cross, Resident of Antique Acres

Well, here we are again, at the end of another very busy and exciting year. With all the engines and machinery bedded down in the huge sheds for the long winter months, the old Acres seems pretty deserted and there's a touch of loneliness in the air, but yet a feeling of a job well done.

The year started out with our rye and oats crops being very good again, and since rye ripens early, it gives us the same as two harvests. By the time the oats are cut, the shocks of rye are ready to thresh. This is good, because during this time we are open as a museum, and threshing before the show gives added attraction. It helps the old threshermen get limbered up and have a chance to try out their machines. We also get an idea of what yield to expect.

The first day of the show we used bundle wagons and a 36-58 Case machine with Sattley Stacker. This is quite a novelty these days. Saturday and Sunday we threshed from stacks with my Rumely 32-56 wing feeder machine. However, it gave us trouble, getting sticks in the grain wagon, and on Monday morning, we opened up the rearend to find one chaffer had partly give away due to dry-rotting of the wood frame. Having still four stacks to go for one day of show, we used two steam rigs, smaller machines, and ran two rigs at the same time.

For 1971, the Rumely needs an overhauling, and I hope to have it ship-shape by show time, as wing feeders are quite a novelty in Iowa and wonderful for stack threshing, as they reach out over the stack and are easy to pitch into.

Since one must keep making threshing shows more attractive, we try to get something new and different to add to the Acres each year. My sons and I purchased an 18 hp. Wood Bros, steamer, and my son, Ray, came from New Jersey to run it. She is a real looker and performer and he sure kept it busy.


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