EVOLUTION OF THE THRESHER


| January/February 1992



Horse power

An early horsepower outfit. Note the method of transmitting the power to the thresher.

Reprinted from October, 1935 Farm Power

The threshing machine is an evolution, rather than an invention, and to you men and those before you who have concerned themselves with the threshing of grain, belongs a large share of the credit for the modern thresher as it exists today.

The thresher, unlike the automobile, was born of necessity rather than from a desire to produce a machine that would perform an old task in a new way.

Man was originally pretty much of a savage, who lived largely by the fruits of the hunt feasting when game was plentiful and starving when it was scarce. As he became more civilized, he realized that he must of necessity provide stores of food in advance, and as those were the days before refrigeration was known, meat could not be stored for any length of time. The products of the soil rather than those of wing or hoof naturally came to his attention as the one safeguard against starvation, and as grain was the easiest thing to raise to supply his major food requirements, he turned his attention to that particular form of food.

Many a war was fought in those early days between the provident nations who had stored up grain against future needs and the nations which still relied upon the chase for their food supply.

'There was Corn in Egypt' and Egyptian civilization grew, and flourished, and perpetuated itself while many other nations were relying upon flocks and herds which could not be conserved against future needs.