Before 1900

| July/August 1961

  • Ames engine and Advance separator
    An Ames engine and an Advance separator with an independent swinging stacker before 1900. See Mr. Merrill's letter. (The Ames engine is very rare. I do not remember of having a photograph of one in the magazine. -Elmer)
  • kitchen scene
    A kitchen scene on Threshing Day. See Mr. Merrill's article for a detailed description.

  • Ames engine and Advance separator
  • kitchen scene

Sugar Grove, Illinois

Accompanying this article are two pictures of threshing scenes: one of the machines and crew, and one taken in the kitchen the same day. These pictures were taken some time before 1900 on my uncle's farm, located southwest of Kaneville, Illinois.

Will describe both scenes the best I can in the following paragraphs.

My uncle's name was Johnathan S. Dauberman, and he was a farmer and thresherman all his life. He is standing on top of the separator, with his hand on the elevator belt.

The engine in the picture was an 'Ames' engine, and the separator was an 'Advance'. Also in the picture was an independent swing stacker, which I well remember, but I do not remember the separator when it was equipped with the hand feed. I remember the separator after my uncle put on a 'Parson's' self feeder and discarded the independent stacker and built a swing stacker on the rear of the separator, supported by a caster wheel.

Today there are three men in the picture who are living. One of them is my cousin, Clarence Dauberman, who is standing on the ground on the left side of the belt (the smallest person in the picture). At present he owns, operates and lives on this same farm.


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