A KANSAS HARVEST


| May/June 1962



Harvest scene

Being pushed by 6 horses.

HOLLIS CORTELYOU

Higgins, Texas

B. C. -(before the combine)

I am enclosing several harvest scenes out of the past, that may be of interest to those who not living then, or, ever having had the privilege of experiencing a wheat belt harvest, especially in the State of Kansas.

In 1901, my father and grandfather, Cortelyou and Curry, bought the Lowe and Woodson estate, comprising twelve hundred (1200) acres of wheat land in Sumner County, Kansas, just north of Caldwell.

It's well known, Kansas is the greatest wheat growing state in our nation - with a total yield up to 290,000,000 bushels per year. And, as early as 1901, Sumner County grew 10,000,000 bushels - this being before tractor harvesting methods came into vogue. Harvesting operations varied with the location. The Western half of the state the header method prevailed. In our district, both binder and header were used.

Our harvesting equipment comprised four (4) twelve (12) foot push binders, three (3) built by Wm. Deering Company, - one (1) by Hodges -known as the Craver King. The Hodges Co. was an old concern dating back to 1861, - a combination in later years