Some Experiences & Reminiscences of an 'Old Thresher' Recipient

| January/February 1982

  • Champion 6' binder and horses
    Champion 6' binder and horses. L. W. Huff operator 15 or 16 years of age at the time (1908 or 1909).
  • 16 HP steamer
    Nichols & Shepard 16 HP steamer and 32'' Red River separator (1914 or 1915).

  • Champion 6' binder and horses
  • 16 HP steamer

2127 Winters Drive, Loves Park, Illinois 61111

Among the 'Old Thresher' award recipients of the 1980 Mt. Pleasant Old Threshers and Settlers show was my father, L.W. Huff of New Sharon, Iowa.

Dad had always been interested in mechanical things 'since I was five years old' as he comments. He was especially crazy about steam railroad locomotives and traction engines. His initial threshing experiences began on his father's farm near Grandview, Iowa in Northern Louisa County when he was 10 or 12 years old. He cut bands on an Ault-man 'American' hand-fed separator. When he was 15 years old, his father put him on the binder at harvest timea Champion six-foot which was used for many years. A used Deering six-foot eventually replaced it.

Dad also recalled stacking grain a season or two when my grandfather decided to thresh from the stack instead of the shock. This may have been when they hired the hand-fed separator.

Sometime after this, my grandfather became a shareholder in a company rig owned by a company of 12 or 14 neighborsi.e. 1/12 or 1/14 interest. At first they owned a 12 horse Frick engine and Nichols and Shepard 28' separator. This engine was shortly replaced by a new Nichols and Shepard 15 horse single engine and a little later the separator was replaced with a new Nichols and Shepard Red River Special 32' separatoraround 1910 or later.

Dad was the water monkey for many seasons using a team of his father's and the water wagon the ring owned. He also operated the 16 horse engine a number of seasons, pulling an Appleton silage cutter filling silos.


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