THRESHING AT ITS PEAK OF PERFECTION


| November/December 1971



Reeves threshing rig

This threshing rig was a 1915 Reeves 16 hp. owned by Earl Hayes, R. 4, Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The bridge is just outside of the village of Homer in Licking County (bridge still stands). It was August 19th, 1918 when the bridge gave way. Earl was under the engi

102 Britannia St., Stratford, Ontario, Canada

I have noticed an occasional article on 'barn threshing' in the Iron-Men Album. In this part of southern Ontario, Canada, near Stratford, Perth County, all the barns had stone foundations, with dirt ramps called barn banks to provide access to the upper story where the sheaves were stored.

I attended barn threshing from 1935 until 1950 helping to fork out the sheaves, tramp the straw, steer the blower, or whatever job the farmer assigned to me. I will attempt to describe the best days threshing I witnessed in that period.

There were men who owned outfits who could eventually get the job done, and then there is the man who made it a work of art. Such a man was Mr.Robert K. Clarke of Mitchell, Ontario.

The second item of importance is the equipment used. With all due respect for steam as a source of power at this period of time, it had been discontinued and as a result, the threshing I had seen done was powered by tractors.

The power was furnished in this instance by a McCormiek-Deering WD40 diesel tractor. The fuel tank held 18 imperial gallons and would do two days threshing, plus provide transportation for Mr. Clarke to his home and back to the farm where he was threshing. This was by far the best tractor I ever saw used for threshing.