Hovland Inventions Have Stood The Test of Time


| January/February 1998



Ortley Homesteader

Restored machines The Hovland machines after their restoration outside the museum at Saskatoon. The swather had a center delivery with a five foot, four inch axle clearance tractor straddling the swath and then picked up by the traveling combine.

Submitted by A.W. Redlin, RR1, Box 30, Summit, South Dakota 57266, and reprinted with permission of author Leslie 'Bud' Mogen, this article originally appeared in the Watertown [South Dakota] Public Opinion.

The Western Development Museum at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, is the permanent home of two early 1900 inventions of August Hovland, a pioneer farmer in Blooming Valley Township of Grant County, South Dakota.

Hovland's inventions were the windrower, which Hovland called a 'central delivery reaper,' and the combine, which he called a 'traveling thresher.'

Both inventions were granted patents by the U.S. Patent Office in 1908 through the efforts of August and his brother, Ole Hovland, the engineer and draftsman who helped build the machines.

Ortley Homesteader August Hovland about the time he was working on his inventions. August and Gena Hovland's surviving children include Oliver Hovland, Ortley; Mrs. Walter (Ann) Brennan, Water -town; and Bill Hovland, California.