| November/December 1963

A. V. Wright writes.........

I started to thresh in 1921 with a George White side-mounted steam engine, 20HP then 2years old. I used this engine for 10 years until we changed to a 35 HP Rumely. We threshed in those days for about 75 days on grain barn threshing mostly, then we would thresh clover for maybe 50 days into the winter. Those were the good old days.

Here is a picture of the engine we use now for shows and to thresh our own crops here at Strathroy, Ontario, Canada. It is a John Goodison, built at Sarnie, Ontario, 45 miles west of here on the U. S. border. Port Huron is just across the St. Clair river. The engine was new in 1922 and we have repaired it to carry 145 lbs. steam. When new it carried 175 lbs. This picture shows it threshing on our farm on August 16,1961. I am standing beside it. I have 8 engines in all and several tractors. I also have a Geo. White engine exactly like the one on top of page 28 of the January-February 1961 issue. It is a George White and Son's 2025 Rear Mount Lopp Joint, 9-10 cylinder on 25 HP boiler. Mine is almost like new, it was always kept inside. My sawmill was new in 1924, carries 150 lbs.

A. V. Wright, Box 654, Strathroy, Ontario, Canada

C. R. Dickinson writes........

I will tell you about a joke the farmers told on us. In the fall of 1916, we pulled into thresh for a farmer who had a good sized crop of wheat, bad weather was setting in, we threshed part of one day then it rained, we did not get to thresh again for five days. The four of us, with the rig stayed with the farmer. They fed us on chicken twice a day.