Dad's Threshing Career


| November/December 1961



My dad sawing on Crooked Creek about 1912

My dad sawing on Crooked Creek about 1912.

221 S. 10th Street Burlington, Iowa

Jard J. Danielson was born the third son of John and Sarah Bodle Danielson in McLain County, Illinois, March 10, 1875. He was born a thresher, as his dad was a thresher before him.

Dad started out in 1900. He and his brother-in-law went to Wichita, Kansas, and ran a rig for Oss Fry. Then in 1901 he bought his own rig. He had a Geiser Engine, and a Gaar-Scott Separator. He settled in Macomb the year before and in 1902 I was born.

I remember when I was 8 or 9 years old, Dad would sit and talk of his threshing and sawmilling. We lived 3 miles east of Macomb in 1912. I remember Dad getting up at 4 a.m. and firing up to go shell corn. He would be shelling at 6 a.m. I heard him say one time he was putting out a load every 3 minutes and he said 'That was shelling!'

He had 30 teams on the road to town. He shelled 6,000 bu. one day and set six times. His engine then was an 18 hp Gaar-Scott and an Ottawa Sheller. Dad got the Scott stuck one time in a corn cob mud hole. I went out with him and another man to get it out. They worked 3 days getting it out.

When I was around 17 or 18 years old, I used to go with dad a lot. We were out one time to move it to town. After he fired it up, he looked around at me and said 'Think you can start it?' I told him I'd try. I had watched him lots of times and thought I could, but I gave it a little too much steam and about threw us off. Dad looked at me and said 'You'll make an engineer, all right' and laughed. He said 'We all do it.' His words were true. I threshed with him for 20 years then we also saw milled. I learned to saw from him. I have sawed for 20 years, but am not doing this now. I sold out, but am thinking of starting again.