| November/December 1963

  • Threshing at Gilmer Johnson
    Threshing at Gilmer Johnson's turns to 'Bees Ness'. All hands had hit for the P.M. coffee break. Upon returning to load up more bundles we found one rack taken over by a swarm of honey bees, this putting one wagon out of use. The bees were still

  • Threshing at Gilmer Johnson

4541-43 Ave. So., Minneapolis 6, Minn.

This is a story of the time I spent threshing in Flaxton, North Dakota and also in Montana. This took place over 43 years ago.

In the fall of 1915 we had a bumper crop, the wheat stood 4 ft. high and I was pulling 5 eight foot binders behind the big twin city gas tractor. I could have pulled 6 or 8, but that big 4065 HP pulled our hitches apart behind the tractor so we had to give it up. The wheat was 4 ft. high and we had the binders elevated as high as we could but still the bundles came out too long and just as fast as the binder could take them. We used to cut 40 acres a day and we had to have 8 men shocking but they couldn't keep up with us. Those were the good old days. It was a lot of fun when the big engine barked.

I must tell you something about this 1900 acre farm in North Dakota. It belonged to a tall man of Danish decent, born in Minnesota but was lucky and moved to Dakota while he was young. He bought lots of land and made out alright. I broke up a lot of land for him, pulled 8 brakers. His name is Charlie Gad and he is a very nice man.

We pulled 12 bottom plows, drags, drill, and what we called a packer to pack the soil in the stubble plowing in the spring.

I worked for the Minneapolis Steel & Machinery Co. building these big engines from 1912 to and including 1914. I was also responsible for correct HP brake block test. This was very important and it was a very interesting job. After this test it was given a very stiff working test out in the bull pen. From the bull pen it was loaded on flat cars and shipped to various places in Montana, North and South Dakota. This Company is now called The Minneapolis Moline Tractor Company. They are still building one of the best. In 1912 I assembled the first 60-110 HP Twin City that was shipped to Russia for digging ditches.


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