| November/December 1955

Colchester, Illinois

On July 23rd and 24th, the Illinois Threshermen's Jubilee, Inc., of Colchester, Illinois, held its first reunion at the Neal McClure farm. It was estimated that between eight and nine thousand persons attended the demonstration.

The activity of the first day was started by threshing some very large bundles of long, wooly rye, using a 16 hp. Russell steamer and a Huber separator. The blower of the Huber was aimed at the mouth of the Buffalo-Pitts thresher which was powered by a double 22 hp. Geiser which was very interesting as I doubt if very many have witnessed a job of double threshing at one operation. Later in the program all of the 17 engines were tested on the threshers and the Prony brake, the latter being owned and operated by Bill Sater of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. The 16 hp. double Rumley was used for the most part at the saw mill.

The second day, oats instead of rye was threshed. The weather being extremely warm resulted in a lot of unthreshed grain being, left over and it was necessary to thresh part of four days after the reunion. As far as is known it is the only straw pile in the county, but it was a whopper.

In addition to the 16 steamers owned locally, and permanently located on the grounds, our old friend Milford Rees of Franklin, Illinois, sent us his under mounted Avery and our friends, Killing, of Coal Valley, Ill., Roos of Geneseo, Ill., and Flack of Alpha, Ill., were with us with their miniatures, which were very interesting and much appreciated as no reunion would be complete without them.

Cultivating with steam in Suffolk, England in the early 1900's. The driver of the leading engine is aged over 80 years and is still alive and in good health. As most of you know there was an engine at each side of the field to pull the cultivator. This is an arrangement that most of us in the Western world have to imagine.