The Harvest of '95


| November/December 1996



Steam threshing

David Strong at the steam threshing.

R.R. #3 Shawville, Quebec J0X 2Y0

Well folks, another year has rolled around and it sure is great to look back on 1995. We had a good summer, and the fall was not too bad either. The grain was a fair crop.

We had set the 19th of August as the day to thresh, and the day was great, not a cloud in the sky. Some of the boys from Ontario came over to help set up the machinery the day before we were to thresh. We had it all set to go for the next morning. It takes time to set up three complete steam threshing outfits, as you all know, getting water and wood all lined up. I had gotten wood out of a bush that had been cut out the year before. It was a pine bush and the limbs of the big pine were dry, with the bark hardly left on them. They sure made a hot fire for the engines. The grain had been cut ten days before and was in very good shape. We loaded some of the grain three or four days before we were going to thresh, and had the loads in the shed. Well, the boys started to show up at six-thirty a.m. to fire up. Ken Barber had smoke rolling out of all the engines by seven a.m. Ken looked after the Case engine. Ken, of course, is a Case man all the way.

Tom Quinell from Huntingdon, Quebec, was supposed to be at their Fair that day, but he sneaked away and landed up here in the morning to help. He's a real Case man, too. When they got going, they had the Case belted to the 28-48' International threshing mill. I saw three men pitching bundles into that outfit. Sure made that old Case snort! Tom, Ken and Bill Barie from Almonte, Ontario, were pouring the wood into that old Case. The smoke was something to behold. There were times I thought they had a chimney fire!

One lady came along with a little dog. It looked like a mop without a handle, so thought the three guys running that Case engine. They thought it should be put in a bird cage.

They were sure smoking up the place. Then Bill Barie from Almonte started helping David Strong from Perth, Ontario, to run the wooden-wheeled Sawyer-Massey portable engine. They had a real ball doing that. Sawyer-Massey engines are so easy to look after that they had nothing to do at all. Next year, I think we will set up a cot for each of them. The rest will do them good, I'm sure. David Strong has run the little Sawyer-Massey for four or five years now, and he does a real nice job of that, too.