MY THRESHING DAYS


| November/December 1971



R. 3, Eden Drive, Quarryville, Penna. 17566

I was born July 8, 1887. I have voted two or three times or more. I am going to write about threshing seventy-five years ago in southern Chester County.

Most of the threshing was done with a two horse tread power and a small No. I Chaffant threshing machine, made in Lenover, Chester County. My early job was to move the chaff from the back of the machine to possibly a hole in the floor, leaving the chaff drop into the cow yard, - also pigs - not so fussy about being together in those days. About twenty bushels per hour was the limit.

In 18981 saw that rig thresh one hundred and one bushels in two hours and thirty minutes. Most farmers had someone thresh enough for seed and some to exchange for flour at first, then come later and finish.

On January 3, 1904 my father bought a six horsepower gasoline engine and that fall we hired that machine and started threshing and stayed at it for about fifty years. We were working for an Irish man one year. We came into dinner and sat down. He turned to Ellis and said, 'Ellis, if you have anything to say, say it!' Ellis answered, 'Say, what you damn please, you can't turn my stomach.' At supper time, Patrick says, 'Help yourselves, 1 am at home and 1 wish you were.'A grand old man to work with and for whom I did work in later years.

I worked that rig in 1904 and 1905. In 1906 we purchased a larger engine and started baling hay. We didn't push that too hard - about six or seven hundred tons a year.