Threshing Day in the Upper Ottawa Valley


| July/August 1991



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P.O. Box 207 Pakenham, Ontario, KOA 2X0

Around the middle of August each year, Eric starts feeling his oats. Literally! The objective is to determine whether the oat sheaves are ready to be processed by the Outfit.

The 29th of August was the appropriate date for 1990. The call went out and neighbors, friends and spectators showed up at the farm of Eric Campbell, just out of Shawville, Pontiac County, Province of Quebec, Canada. The Man Upstairs provided suitable weather, a shade hot.

The Outfit consists of a Sawyer-Massey portable steam engine and a McCormick-Deering separator. Both units were made in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The Sawyer-Massey portable steam engine is an 1896,17 HP tandem compound, serial number 2104.

The McCormick-Deering threshing machine is a 1949 22 x 38 unit, purchased by Eric's father for $1,750.00. It still rolls on the original rubber tires.

Between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., 537 bushels of oats were threshed, one cord of slab wood and 300 gallons of water were used. This time included a lengthy lunch hour.