AS I REMEMBER


| September/October 1967



P. O. Box 338, Lowell, Oregon 97452

I will try to write a little about my threshing experiences from the time I was about 6 years old to now. I am going on 73.

Around 1900, a big black engine and separator came in the yard to thresh some grain stacks that Dad stacked in the yard so the straw could be blown in the barn. Even before, I can remember the old web stacker and the horse power with 12 horses in it to run the separator. As I was saying, that first engine scared me, so I hid behind the stacks. But before long I got on the engine and later wanted to be an engineer.

About 1908 Dad bought some prairie land and broke it with the steam engine. I hauled water for it. Later I pitched bundles in the separator. Good old days; good meals and slept in the hay in the barns.

About 1915 I got a job in a Ford Garage in Edgerton, Minnesota. Then in 1916 I got a job running a 40-80 Minneapolis gas tractor for grading roads and threshing. It was a poor tractor. It would not burn kerosene good. It had 4 clutches; two of them were under the motor, the low and reverse. Oil would drip on them and slip. It must have had a bent crankshaft because I had to take up the rod bearings every noon and about once a week, a bearing would go out. It pulled a 12-foot grader only in low, then pulled a 40-62 separator.

I also remember about 1909, Dad bought a 4 H.P. International gas engine to grind feed. I got my experience on that. Then about 1910 Dad bought a 1910 Moline car. We had to buy gas in 5 gallon cans from a hardware store. It had no demountable tires. We had to pump the tires up by hand to about 70 pounds. They were 34 x 3.