THE BULL STORY


| November/December 1972



1920's farming

Courtesy of Wm. Strayer, R. D. 1, Dillsburg, Pa. 17019.

William S. Strayer

R. 1, Dillsburg, Pa.

In the early 1920's farming was quite different from today, and as a young man of 17, yours truly thought the threshing trade was an ideal occupation. After an entire year's persuasion, my Dad decided, against his better judgment, to help me purchase an outfit.

By scouting around and attending all public sales where a thresher or heavy gas tractor was sold, a contact was made with a farmer who had a Case steamer and a 24' X 42' thresher for sale. The thresher had a short bagger, a Kinzer telescoping stacker, and was hand fed. The thresher was finally bought and pulled home, about 12 miles with 4 mules, losing the bagger along the way, but was later found.

Now anyone having experience with this type of stacker will agree that for our Pennsylvania barn threshing, they were hard to beat if plenty of help was available.

At that time all the grain was placed in the barn after being cut and tied into sheaves. Most of the barns were filled to capacity and a straw stack in front of the barn had to be built first in order to get an open space in the barn for straw.

This was followed by taking one block of sheaves out at a time, then replacing it with straw from the next block.