OLD THRESHERMAN REMINISCES


| March/April 1977



We thank Robert Kipfer,413 West Linden, Pontiac, Illinois 61764 for sending this clipping from the Central States Threshermen Reunion Book of 1976.

This being the bicentennial year for our great country, I got to thinking about the great advances that have been made, especially during the time I have been on this earth.

I was born on a farm around the turn of the century, give or take a few years. At that time farms were smaller than they are today, but the farmer was mostly self-sufficient.

Every farmer had a herd of cattle, some hogs, a few sheep and a lot of chickens. He raised his own meat, which he butchered and cured in an old smoke house or canned. He churned his own butter and had laying hens for eggs.

On the weekend the family would go into town 'to trade' taking along their extra butter and eggs to swap for other needed items.

The farm had a big garden with potatoes and other root crops, which were stored in a root cellar, where they kept well through the winter months. The farmer also usually had an orchard for fruit. It seems like there were fewer insects in those days to spoil the fruit. The fruit was often peeled, cored and cut in half and laid out on tables in the sun to dry for storage. To keep what insects there were away, a mosquito bar was hung. A mosquito bar is a coarsly woven fabric tacked on windows in the summer to keep out mosquitos and flies.