| January/February 1971

Route 2, Mocksville, North Carolina 27028

June 28, 1916, dawned bright and clear and the wheat was ready to thresh in North Carolina. So we checked over the No. 4 Geiser Machine and fired up the Aultman-Taylor engine and pulled out on our regular run. We threshed in two counties and stayed out till about September first.

Back then, we stayed out all week and slept in barns or under shade trees. We each one carried a quilt, an overall jacket and homegrown twist tobacco in a tow sack. We did not shave all week. We worked long, hard hours but the farmers wives fed us good and everyone was our friends. We enjoyed it.

That was the flood year when most of the bridges washed out on the rivers and creeks. I broke a bridge and the engine dropped in but we piled logs in front of it and ran it out and pulled the machine across with a cable and went on our way.

The Geiser was a hand feeder so it took quite a crowd to operate it. Here are the names of the crew: Heck Jordan, feeder; Marsh Eaton, band cutter; Wilt Danner, band cutter; Esau Danner, measure man; Nat Stanley, water boy; Jesse Hutchens, engineer and owner of the outfit and the only living member of that crew. I am now 76 years old and still have a nice Frick engine which I steam up and play with and have a lot of fun. (That was my wife and I in the ALBUM, January-February 1969 issue with the little Frick portable.)


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