| September/October 1968

Fulda, Minnesota 56131

The thresher I recently purchased from friends in Kentucky is one of the early models of the J. I. Case agitator thresher which came out in 1880. This was the forerunne: of today's threshing machines. As time went on, and some improvement was made in regard of the principle of threshing and doing a good clean job.

This model machine was bought new by John Mack about 1885. He moved to Kentucky then and settled in Franklin and this machine was shipped there by railroad. This model machine was built for sweep horse power. It required from ten to twelve horses to furnish power.

This power was slow and very uneven speed, so it required slow threshing to about 250 to 350 bushels per day. So this machine was not used too much after it was shipped down South, as the steam engine slowly took over the horse power work.

Then this machine was not only used on the farm just for their own threshing as the machine still had horse power attachments on it. But in 1905, the power attachment was moved and a belt pulley was converted in its place. At that time, Mr. Mack bought a used 12 H. P. Huber steam engine. Then there was plenty of good power and they could thresh from sunup to sundown and could thresh much more grain per day.

But there was another handicap against this machine. It required so many men to run this old machine, two men to cut bands, two men to feed the machine three men in the straw stack and four men to handle the grain from the machine to the granary, as all the grain was handled in sacks by hand.