THE IRON MEN in 1895

| July/August 1973

Nicholas and Shepard engine

Nicholas and Shepard outfit at work. Courtesy of R. Benjamin Hayes, Route 3, Homes, Michigan 49245

R. Benjamin Hayes

R. 3, Homer, Michigan

This story is about some of my father's threshing machines. He had a 16 hp Advance Engine with the strait lugs on the drive wheels and a Rumely 34 x 54 Separator with web straw carrier and hand feed and weigher and bagger one of the first to have a weigher to weigh the grain around this part of the country.

As I was born May 10, 1891 I didn't get a chance to work much with that outfit.

My father's first outfit was a 10 hp Nichols and Shepard Traction Engine and a N & S Viberator Separator, hand feed and straw carrier and the Old Talley box, for measuring the grain.

I have most of my father's account books, as far back as 1890 where it referred to the threshing of grain at the price of 1-1/2 cents for oats and 2-1/2 cents for wheat and rye per bushel.

The prices for labor was from $1.00 to $1.50 per day and it wasn't just 8 hours - it was at least 10 hours and sometimes longer when they had to move at night to the next job, maybe 4 or 5 miles.