Watertown, South Dakota
My short article about the Excello, Nichols & Shepard separator and my idea that they bad borrowed some of the features of the machine from M. Rumely Products Co., seems to have stirred up a lot. My statement was not a statement of fact, but with the idea that somebody would know the case history of the Excello. Our good friend iviarcus Leonard, nas done a most wonderful job and with complete details.
Now for our friend from Algoma, Iowa, Mr. Frank Stebritz, I did not say in my article of Sept. Oct. that Rumley was the first to use the finger lifters in a separator. I stated that several thresher companies were building their separators along the lines of Rumley Ideal and I still stick to my statement 100 percent. When I mention Rumley's machine, I am talking about the model of 1915 and not some old time Rumley with a canvas conveyor. That was a headache both for the Rumley Company and the thresherman who operated it. My opinion is that the finger lift was originally used by our grandfathers (B. T.) before threshing machines when they separated the straw from the grain and chaff with a wooden spiked fork. M. Rumley's 1915 model separator had grain pan and straw racks almost identical with those used by J. I. Case Company's agitator separator of 1888 and the lifting fingers added to shake the straw up and down as it passed through the machine.
I may be able to find a cut-out view of the 1915 Rumley and if I do I will have the ALBUM reproduce it for all the readers to see. Although Mr. Stebritz does not think much of lifting fingers according to his article, he went back for a second helping and I want to congratulate him for his good judgment of threshers.