THRESHING IN 1972


| November/December 1973

  • Binder
    Photo was taken on J.E. Brown farm June 24, 1972 cutting wheat with 8 ft. binder built in 1917. Wheat was real heavy yield - 73 bu. per acre, could only cut 3 foot swath. Little different than it used to be in the old days. Uncle Fritz Uhll on binder, Ken
  • Keck Gonnerman Engine

    J. Everett Brown
  • Keck Gonnerman Engine
    This picture was taken August 18, 1972 threshing oats on J.E. Brown farm. Engine is an 18 HP Keck Gonnerman, No. 1826, built in 1925. The separator 28 x 48 Keck Gonnerman was built in 1924. Both are in good condition. Engine pops off at 150 lbs.
    J. Everett Brown
  • Bernard Brown
    Same day, shocking wheat which was later threshed on July 22. L. to Ft.: Bernard Brown, Carl Edwards and Harry Edwards. These men have never shocked grain before - doing pretty good job, don't you think? Courtesy of J. Everett Brown, R.D. 2, Blue Mound, I
    J. Everett Brown
  • Steam engine
    Threshing wheat on J.E. Brown farm on July 22, 1972, first time since 1935. Grain had been threshed by steam engine and separator. Kenneth Brown is running engine. I am on top of separator. Raymond Elder and Howard Buzan pitching into separator. Courtesy
    J. Everett Brown

  • Binder
  • Keck Gonnerman Engine
  • Keck Gonnerman Engine
  • Bernard Brown
  • Steam engine

R.R. 2, Blue Mound, Illinois 62513

On July 22, 1972 my brother, Kenneth, and his son, Bernard, fired up their Keck Gonnerman engine and we pulled out into the field to thresh wheat. Temperature that afternoon was 94° in the shade - just right for threshing.

We had a large crowd, including my 88 year old Mother came to see us thresh. Some had never seen an engine and separator in operation and a good many had run machines in the old days. Then on August 8, we threshed oats. It was a nicer day, not so hot. Some of the people came back that were there when we threshed wheat.

My wife, Helen, counted about 125 different people that attended the threshing. She served iced tea, lemonade and cookies to all.



Several men and one woman took turns pitching bundles into the separator. When it was all over everyone said they enjoyed seeing the outfit at work. They wanted to know if we were going to thresh again in '73.

My Grandfather Uhll had steam engines when I was born. The first steam engine I can remember was a 10 HP Buffalo Pitts. My father was taking the engine to the Hupp Farm to thresh broom corn and I, being a little boy, rode in the coal box on the engine.



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