THE GRAIN HARVESTERS

BOOK REVIEW


| May/June 1979



Alanson Harris

Alanson Harris, 1816-1894, founder of A. Harris and Son implement works at Beamsville, Ontario

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Inventions that changed farming from a hand operation to the way we know it in America today, and the men that made the progress possible, are featured in a new book, 'The Grain Harvesters.'

Pictures aplenty help tell the storyCyrus Hall McCormick and Obed Hussey, both of reaper fame; C. W. March, inventor of the March Harvester, who later became editor of the Farm Implement News; Daniel Massey, pioneer Ontario farmer and founder of the Massey Works; and J. I. Case and John Deere are just a few of the featured giants who put farming mechanization vast strides ahead.

The book was written by Dr. Graeme R. Quick and Dr. Wesley F. Buchele and published by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Dr. Quick is a research scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia. Dr. Buchele is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Engineering at Iowa State University.

The McCormicks began building twine binders equipped with the Appleby knotter in 1881. They introduced their light steel binder in 1888. It was lighter by the weight of a man.

The book 'is the story of the tools, machines and systems used throughout history to harvest grain.'