| November/December 1963

Clarksville, Iowa, or 409 E. Harvard St., Apt 7, Glendale 5, Calif.

My experience in steam threshing started August 5,1896. I hauled water 41 days with a team of horses as tractors were used but very little at that time. This was in the days of hand feeding. A very few self feeders were used at that time because they were not perfected and were not very successful. After hauling water 41 days in 1896, one of the feeders quit and I took his place as I had learned to feed while hauling water. I fed a 34 x 50 inch Rumely Separator, powered by a 12 HP Rumely Engine for 40 days, making 81 days threshing in all in 1896. We finished the fourth day of December.

On December 3rd. a blustery snow storm came with a strong northwest wind. This filled the stacks full of snow and as the weather warmed up the next day, we were wet from head to foot from feeding by hand.

The next two or three years I hired out to feed at $1.50 per day and would thresh from 55 to 65 days. By this time the self feeders were improved and being put on some machines.

In 1898 I fed a 36' x 56' Advance Separator for 60 days, pulled with a 16 HP Advance Compound Engine. This machine was bought new the year before and had an advance self feeder on it, but was taken off in 1898 and fed by hand. Then it was put back on in 1899.

I hired out and worked at threshing 6 or 7 years. Then in 1903 I bought a three year old Port Huron Complete Outfit with a Pella attached swing stacker, made at Pella, Iowa and a Monarch self feeder made at Cedar Falls, Iowa. The engine was a 18 HP Compound, carrying 140 lbs. of pressure. I used this engine about 27 seasons, but only kept the separator 3 years then I bought a new Gaar Scott Separator and ran it many years. During that time I bought a 36' x 56' Red River Special which had been run 24 days. It was powered by a 22 HP Compound Minneapolis Engine, which was a return flue. Soon after I traded the old 18HP Port Huron for a 22x45 HP Twin City Gas Tractor which I never liked as it was too slow on the road and the bevel gear that drove the belt pulley was very noisy. I had been running two outfits for several years and finally found a 16 HP Compound Port Huron Steam Engine which had been used a few seasons. Then I bought a 32 x 52 Red River Special Separator with a Garden City feeder with a 14 ft. carrier.