Missouri Threshing Bee

| January/February 1958

  • Reeves simple high-wheeler
    This Reeves simple high-wheeler owned by Mr. Peacock, measures 96 inches in diameter. There are but three of them in existence in the U.S., and but two are in operating condition. (Haston L. St. Clair standing in the wheel). See the Missouri Threshing Bee
  • Greyhound Engine
    This Greyhound, one of the few that was built, is owned by Mr. Peacock and is in good operating condition. See Missouri Threshing Bee Report.
  • Ground Hog Thresher
    The Ground Hog Thresher owned by Ray Ernst of Waland, Iowa. See the Missouri Threshing Bee Report.

  • Reeves simple high-wheeler
  • Greyhound Engine
  • Ground Hog Thresher

7511 The Paseo, Kansas City 10, Missouri

IN SEPTEMBER, 1957 ED. M. Peacock held an annual Threshing Bee on his farm near Fulton, Missouri, where he has lived since early boyhood. His father before him ran threshing machines. In 1911 Ed. started operating his first machine and continued until the late 30's. In 1936 he had seven machines operating in the field. He still uses the old time method of threshing grain on his farm every year.

Mr. Peacock is popular throughout the state with his engines and is invited to show them at the Missouri State Fair, county fairs and centennials.

At this Threshing Bee there were 14 engines, most of which had been owned and operated in Missouri. The morning was spent in getting up steam, and making adjustments on the machines. Wheat was threshed from eleven until noon. Dinner was served by church women from Aux Vausse, Missouri.

Then came the parade of engines, led by a small model owned and made by Mr. McKinney of Cairo, Missouri. A delightful part of the parade was a concert played by Mace Broiles on a steam calliope that was built in 1870 or 1830. It is one of the few of its kind and is owned by Mr. Peacock.

No. 3 was a Reeves, built in 1917, 16-72 hp., weight 8 tons; No. 4, Reeves built in 1914-15, 32-120 hp., 22 tons; No. 5, Reeves, 1896, 13-50 hp., 7 tons; No. 6, 1910 Case 15-45, 8 tons; No. 7, 1922 Keck-Gonerman, 22-85, 12 tons; No. 8, Advance 1916, 20-72, 11 tons; Mo. 9, Greyhound, 1917, 18-65, 10 tons; No. 10, 1916 Minneapolis 20-70, 12 tons; No. 11, Port Huron, 1916, 19-65, ten tons; No. 12, Jumbo, 1915, 20-82, 12 tons. There were two 15 hp. Case engines and one 16 hp. Reeves engine at the bee that were not in the parade.


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