Just cleaning up a setting of loose grain where Derrick 10 hp. Advance engine 1894, 28-48 Advance Separator 1903. Forks were used. Threshing in Washington State. See Mr. C. R. Miller's article on threshing in Washington State.
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At the other end of the fork cables, were the derrick teams of 2 horses. Each team had its derrick driver. Their jobs were to manage the teams to prevent jerks and keep even speed as the forks were dragged to the table. In the backing up process they grabbed up the double trees, kept the tugs tight and the cable slack, so the forker had the minimum to pull on returning with his fork.
At times it appeared as if the driver was dragging back to team unassisted and until the team got used to this go and back up the job did rate a man's work.
The minimum number in a crew was 15, however, the size and equipment determined the total required. The wind stacker replaced one or two me required when the old straw carrier was used.
The cook house, a must with commercial threshermen, usually had two women cooks or sometimes a man and wife did the job.
Most crews entered on the threshing season with much enthusiasm out as the hot days came and left the end of the job was welcomed.