Notes From A Long Time Subscriber


| July/August 1985



Steam engine

Son Edwin on steam engine, grandson Bryce son seated. Mabel Days 1983.

Box 112, Minnesota City Minnesota 55959

I have been a subscriber to the Iron Men Album for 20 or 25 years and have enjoyed your stories and writings very much, so I will send you stories of my dad's threshing years with some of my own. My dad was one of the largest threshermen in Winona County, Minnesota.

In 1894, he bought 80 acres of land in Eastern Mt. Vernon Township with no machine nearby, so he found a used Case separator at Case dealer in Chatfield, Minnesota, about 40 miles from home. It took two days to get it with horses, it was then without feeder and blower, until 1905 when a feeder and blower was made by the Case Co. to fit and was added to it. The deck of the machine had to be raised four inches for more capacity and new adjustable sieves were added, so with a 36 inch cylinder, more than twice as much went through.

In 1919, a new high sacker was added to make sacking easier by loading directly in the wagon bagged or loose.

In 1924, a new coat of paint was added with Case decals and a picture of it in the Case Eagle with close figures of Dad's at over two million bushels it had threshed the surrounding neighborhood from the Markwart ridge north of Altura and the nearby neighbors at home until more machines came to the Altura area. After that, it threshed the Rolling stone valley and to the end of Middle valley a branch off Rolling stone valley.

In 1915, my dad bought more land from the four large Whitman farms. Their land bordered the Mississippi River and the Millwaukee railroad tracks with switch tracks beside their double tracks and next to that Lock and Dam No. 5 called the Whitman Station and the Whitman Lock and Dam where the first Whitman family got their goods unloaded by water and railroad.