My Experience

| May/June 1961

  • Ira Stoughton and A. L. Blinn
    A 1915 scene showing Ira Stoughton and A. L. Blinn enjoying their Huber.
    Allen Blinn

  • Ira Stoughton and A. L. Blinn

R. D. 3, Kittanning, Pennsylvania

I have been a subscriber to your magazine ever since you started with it. I am always watching the mail for it - go through looking at the pictures, and then I go back and read it through.

I come from a long line of threshermen. My grandfather and father were both threshermen. Father's first threshing was with horse power and chaff-piler. He told me they would pull into the barnyard in the evening and it would take them till 10 or 11 that night to get it staked down so it would be ready to run the next morning. They used a bumbling-shaft to jack belted to the thresher (that was around 1875 or 1885). Then they bought a 6 hp Parquhar portable and 20 inch low down Massillon built by Russell. It was a good machine. It threshed clean and you did not have any green straw stack later in the fall like you did later on when the big machine came in with wind-stackers.

About 1910 we bought a 13 hp Peerless with a 27 x 43 New Russell.

I'll tell you a story on myself. I was a boy about 16 years old when we got the Peerless down at Isle Station. I convinced Dad I could run it home (with my brother Dell, age 16), we started with it and got along fine until we got home and stopped below the barn at the pump to fill up the side tanks. I started around the barn between barn and corn crib - didn't turn short enough and hit the side of the crib and upset the corn and all! Dad arrived home shortly afterward and he was pretty angry at first but it wasn't long till he was laughing about the whole affair. We put lines on the crib and it came right back in place.

Around 1916 we bought a 6 hp and a 24 inch cylinder Buffalo-Pitt second hand for $100.00 from James Wilson, a thresher just north of us. He had just bought a new 16 hp 20 Century outfit.


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