| September/October 1959

  • The water wagon wheel
    20 hp. Russell and Mr. Miller on the water wagon wheel. We threshed with it this year, oats and timothy seeds. Oats made 70 bushel per acre.

  • The water wagon wheel

An old-fashioned Threshing Bee was held at the Arthur Hudachek farm, R. R. 1, West Liberty, Iowa, on Saturday, August 9th. It had been postponed from Tuesday because of the rain. However, some 200 people from far and near came on Tuesday without knowing of the postponement Several loads of bundles of grain had previously been put under cover, so some threshing was done. On Saturday more than 600 gathered to see the 18 acres of oats and wheat threshed.

Mr. Hudachek owns a 1912 Case steam engine which was fired up to do the threshing with coal wagon and water tank near by. He is the fifth-owner of the old steam engine. He bought it last September at Newton. It had been used for farm work for many years and in recent years had provided steam for a dry-cleaning plant in Newton.

His 30-year-old Case separator was used to do the threshing. Many of the men and older boys took a turn at pitching the bundles into the separator

Neighbors brought their hay racks with most of them being pulled with up-to-date tractors but Mr. Hudachek had a team of horses hitched to one bundle wagon representing the old fashioned team and wagon at threshing time.

At noon the old time threshing whistles were heard and the wash basin put in the back yard where the threshing crew washed before dinner. Lunch was served by the Wapsie Township Farm Bureau.

Hiram Galoway, 90, of Iowa City, was one of the. many men who pitched bundles. Spry for his age, Mr. Galloway said he enjoyed pitching bundles again.


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