Postcards


| March/April 1961

  • Averys
    Four points to this picture - Two Averys, Elmer Sandberg (We Elmers have to stick together). But the most impressive to me is the 'Stake and Rider Fence'- some call it snake fence, others call it worm fence. What do you call it? I have built and repa
    Elmer
  • Straw outfit
    This long rye straw outfit was owned by Edgar Humphrey, Cordova, Illinois, up until the Stevens engine was junked and I bought the separator. This was the second thresher they had. The first was completely worn out. I believe the separators were made in N
    Elmer
  • Wilbur's 65 hp Case
    This is Wilbur's 65 hp Case furnishing heat for the Ladd school after a fire damaged part of the school. It furnished heat for 66 days and stood by for 10 more days.
  • Threshing engine
    GO WEST, YOUNG MAN, GO WEST! Wellington Watson of Mooretown, Ontario, Canada, is seen firing a threshing engine with straw on the section then owned by Robert Blackwell, Holmfield, Manitoba, in 1905. The threshing hands are from Scotland, Prince Edward Is
  • Avery
    Burdette J. Potter, Okemos, Mich., framed in the cab of an Avery. I love that position myself. Elmer
    Elmer
  • 1903 Stanley Steamer
    Elmer Ritzman, Enola, Pa., and Earle S. Eckel, owner of the 1903 Stanley Steamer, at Montpelier, Ohio.That was a happy day for me? -Elmer
    Elmer
  • 30 hp Avery
    A 30 hp Avery Undermounted plowing with a new Avery plow on the Dakota Prairies in 1912. Note the tags on the plow levers (I hope they reproduce in our photo). Bill says 'I have put in many a day on such engines and they were hard steamers and a wond

  • Averys
  • Straw outfit
  • Wilbur's 65 hp Case
  • Threshing engine
  • Avery
  • 1903 Stanley Steamer
  • 30 hp Avery

A man on the platform back of the binder pitched the bundles to the stacker who built them into conventional cone-shaped stacks, where they remained until the last job was threshed. Then the Humphrey crew drove from job to job with a team of the largest I've ever seen and baled the long rye straw bundles into long square bales. The horses operated a sweep winch which compressed the straw in a baler by a cable from the winch to the baler. This process today would seem unbearably slow. The baled straw was shipped to harness factories where it was cut into 11 inch lengths and used to stuff horse collars. I have seen this done and still have two straw-stuffed horse collars.

Some jobs were threshed right from the shocks but others stacked the grain bundles - then there was little danger of loss by excessive rain. The engineer in the picture is my Uncle - Ernest Williams.

The stacks of grain were built in groups of four and the machine pulled in between, threshed, and moved to next group. Mr. Watson is now 78 and going strong lives in Corunna, Ontario, Canada.

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