From The Bottom To The Top

| January/February 1959

  • Reeves engine
    Clen wood Threshing Company, Marengo, Iowa. Reeves engine in 1928. R. G. Jacaley, engineer John Grack farm. See the Jacaley letter.

  • Reeves engine

Marengo, Iowa

I HAVE BEEN INTERESTED in threshing ever since I can remember. My first contact was when I was 4 or 5 years old, I was with my Dad going by a rig that was stopped for repairs. The separator man asked for me to go into the blower pipe to get some cylinder teeth that had lodged there. That set me up for life. My next job was setting on a gate post to keep the hogs out of the oats field while the threshing was in progress. When I could get to the engine I was in the height of glory.

The engine was a return flue, the name of which didn't mean anything to me then.

Then there was the job of water boy. When I was 11 or 12 Dad removed to Western Canada. There an Avery return flue straw burning rig threshed for Dad for a number of years. When I could rake straw in that old Kettle that was a thrill.

Later on Dad got a gas rig of his own20-40 Case. He used a crew of Indians for a few years. Then he got a combination bundle loader and carrier. Dad was separator man and my older brother was engineer. I was the flunky.

When the loader and carrier came along I got the job to drive it. Six horses pulled it. The drivers seat was up about 8 ft. high. In warm weather it was fine, when it turned cold it was a lonesome and cold job.