THRESHING DAY WEDDING DAY


| January/February 1985

  • Cynthia and Robert
    The bride and groom, Cynthia and Robert, on the porch of the Gwaltney farm.
  • Mr. Gwaltney
    Mr. Gwaltney puts more wood on the fire
  • More wood for the fire
    More wood for the fire. Photo courtesy of Graylen Cook.
    Graylen Cook
  • Farquar steam engine
    Mr. Gwaltney oils 14 HP Farquar steam engine in preparation for threshing. Photos courtesy of Graylen Cook.
    Graylen Cook
  • Boyce Lambert
    Boyce Lambert picking up a shock of grain to ''feed'' the thresher.
  • Flywheel
    Mr. Gwaltney adjusts steam pressure to start flywheels moving

  • Cynthia and Robert
  • Mr. Gwaltney
  • More wood for the fire
  • Farquar steam engine
  • Boyce Lambert
  • Flywheel

Route 12, Box 331, Statesville, NC

This summer began like summers before. My dad, Don Gwaltney (of Route 3, Taylorsville, NC 28681), planted his wheat, just waiting for harvest time. Finally harvest time arrived and all of our family and friends joined together to cut the wheat with my dad's antique binder. In ninety degree temperatures we began shocking wheat.

At the Gwaltney farm everyone works very hard to complete the threshing. This year was a special year for my dad's threshing, as his only grand-daughter, my niece, announced she would like her wedding to take place at her grandfather's wheat threshing. My dad was very proud of her decision--it seemed to add a special pleasure to the event.

The wedding would take place at 12 o'clock noon on threshing day. The ceremony was to take place on the front steps of the Gwaltney home place, built by the bride's great grandfather.



On Saturday morning, July 7th, we awoke to a very foggy morning and everyone immediately began to worry. This was threshing day and also wedding day. It looked a lot like rain, but we all had work to do, so we began.

My dad started a fire in the firebox of the steam engine to get the pressure high enough to thresh. My mother, sister, aunts, cousins and myself began to prepare the noonday meal. The noon meal is a main event, for threshers are known to have very big appetites. Friends attending bring picnic baskets so as to provide enough food for the large crowd of people attending the event.



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