A young visitor tries his hand at setting up a sand mold at the Foundry and Blacksmithing exhibit at Eastern Shore Threshermen and Collectors Association Show. Courtesy of Sheldon Jones, Box 144-D, Route 1, Ijamsville, Maryland 21754.
Buchanan, Michigan 49107.
My grandfather on my mother's side lived at Reynolds, North Dakota, from 1882-1902 and in this era the virgin sod kept wanting to come back and since they raised only spring wheat and barley, they did not own a corn planter or cultivator.
After coming back to Michigan in 1910 an uncle went back to the same area in 1945 and saw good corn everywhere and Red River Valley spuds galore.
Spring wheat is good bait for stem rust and an old textbook states that in three spring wheat states in 1916, the loss from rust was $180,000.
In North Dakota four men could pitch spring wheat into a 36' machine and wheat would not come down spout as fast as two men pitching Michigan winter wheat into same machine.
I have counted a good many times and one bushel or two halves were out before the 14th bundle. Here in Michigan in our area of Berrien County we never used the basket rack. At several times it came up for a vote but we always stated our wagons were in use with hay loaders and it was a waste of time.
In all the I. M. A. pictures, I have never seen a load of bundles stacked like kitchen matches. I can remember threshing a few stacks and it took half the power and wheat could almost be milled. Just to show the readers I know my business, the early day big machines had plain bearings and always came from factory with leather and canvas belts. A late 28' of any make could take enough oats to make double weigher malfunction and it could be pulled with only 28 H. P. or as an old rule stated 1 H. P. per inch. The early 28' of any make took nearly 50 per cent more or at least a four plow tractor.
In order to settle any argument which might come up, the late A. C. Rumely had the world's best feeder control. The little gadget was almost like the power source on a binder knotter and the little roller trip cam would work on as little as one half turn on screw.
When the fan setting is right then you want everything else right and a feeder control will control the bad boys.
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