Raleigh W. Creek writes. . . . . . . . .


| May/June 1963



Batavia, Iowa

The old Advance Separator needed a lot of repair. I found a 32-52 Case that the owner had quit threshing. So I got in touch with him and bought it for $100.00. It had a near new Garden City Feeder on it. I put on a new Weigher and a fourteen foot feeder bottom.

About this time I bought a HartParr 18-36. I pulled grader with it one year, then traded it in on a 20-40 Oil Pull. I was pulling grader with the 20 steam and the 20-40. My oldest brother used the gas and I used the steam. We had up to six townships in one season. My oldest brother kinda wanted to get his feet wet, so I bought a new 32-52 Advance Rumely separator and put it on this 20-40. After a couple of years he got married and he took the all Rumely outfit.

Then I found that Mr. Brandt had a 30-60 Aultman Taylor Tractor that was in pretty good shape. So I put it on the grader and left the steamer to home. I found that Mr. Brandt had a 22-45 Aultman Taylor in not too bad a shape here close by. Up to now I had paid all this machinery was worth but I bought this 22-45 for $150.00. And along about this the Farmer Threshing Co. was selling out here and there. I went to a sale and they had a 50 Case 36-56 Case Sep. and in extra good shape. They started to try and get a starter and a friend of mine said 'Start it Roll. Start it at fifteen dollars.' I thought he was crazy, but I started them on fifteen and got it for thirty-six.

Well, then I had my feet wet, I might as well go on. So I got the separator, a 36-56 all complete which made a seventy-one dollar outfit. And the first job I threshed came to Ninetynine dollars. And by this time I had three sawmills, so 1 needed the engine. I ran this outfit for two years and sold it for $350.00. About this time it looked like we were going to have a big clover crop here in our part, so I went over to Bushnell and Mr. Brandt had a lot of second-hand hullers. I picked out one of the large Rumelys.

I put the 22-45 A.T. on this huller and hulled over $3,000.00. The next fall I sold the huller for $900.00, just what I paid for it. By now the road grading was all changed over to the countys, so I sold the 30-60 A.T. All I had left was the 20 A.M. and the little A.T. and the old Case, so along came a construction company and they got the A.T. 22-45 to make a roller out of. Then I found a 25-45 Oil Pull Rumely and I threshed to its dying day. I junked the separator and sold the tractor.