Threshing in France

| May/June 1974

204 East Cass Street, St. Johns, Michigan, 48879

I don't remember ever seeing anything in the Album about threshing in France during the first world war. Most likely some of the readers of the Album were in the army the same time that I was. At this time we were in a small town of a few thousand people, Cosne.

We took a walk out in the country this morning, I mean about 10 o'clock, and coming back in, here sat a threshing rig a block from Main Street. I couldn't stop just then as I was with a bunch and as soon as we fell out, I walked right back to the machine to look it over.

What got me as we walked by, the straw was coming out whole and was being tied back into bundles with the same willow bands it was tied up in the first place. As it left the straw rack in the machine it slid down another rack attached to it with a bench like for the men to walk in and get an arm full and tie into bundles again.

The first thing I did when I got back to the machine was to climb on top and look the cyl. over and it had no teeth. It was a flail-like cyl. like the old Allis-Chalmers combine, just angle iron but no rubber on it like the Chalmers had.

It was a good thing that I went right back when I did as they had gone to dinner so I could take my time to it. The separator looked a good deal like the ole Birdsall clover huller, like the one we had and the front of the feeder was printed, first prize, 1900 Paris exposition, and this was 1918 in August. The chaff was blown out of the front end, the straw came out the rear and it had a recleaner a good deal like the Birdsall had and it did a perfect job and the biggest red kernel wheat I'd ever seen.