This Article was taken from the Winchester Sun, Winchester, Ky. We know it will be of interest to our readers.
Weather permitting, the threshing of 35 acres of barley here Friday with a 35-year-old J. I. Case Threshing Machine pulled by a steam engine, will probably mark the close of harvesting by this means in three generations of one of Clark County's oldest families.
The event is being staged by William M. Jones Jr., a member of the second generation of Jones men to follow this profession at his farm 10 miles south of Winchester on the Combs Ferry road.
In line with progress and the increased use of the new type combine, in conjunction with the shortage of farm labor, this type of threshing has fallen into disguise, and Friday's operation is being staged to fulfill the 50-year-old farmer's desire to hear the 'chug-chug' of the old steam engine once again as it powers the 1918 model 32 by 54 inch thresher.
Mr. Jones' father, the late W. M. Jones Sr., who died in 1950 at the age of 83, operated a custom thresher for 31 consecutive years, when the production and harvesting of wheat and other small grains was one of the major industries of Clark County and Central Kentucky.
Wm. Jones Jr., joined his lather in the threshing work at the age of 14, and in 1925 he set up his own threshing crew, which went from farm to farm during the grain harvesting season. His son, William M. Jones III, 24, has assisted with the threshing work for several years, though the operations have gradually declined to a smaller scale, and will operate the steam engines at Friday's demonstrations.
The three Jones men have a 'yen' for tinkering with farm machinery and are skilled mechanics, and as a 'hobby' they now have three steam engines on the farm, two of which will be used in Friday's operations. One of the machines is a 60 horsepower 1925 model Advance Rumely; the second is a 65 horsepower 1928 model J. I. Case and the third is also a Rumely model acquired in 1941..