| November/December 1978

Box 426, Morley, Iowa 52312


A very important and exciting event in the life of most farmers was the 'threshing days.' The annual threshers meetings, arguments, actual threshing, the generous and delicious meals, jack knife trading (sight unseen), pranks (cigarette butts in hip pockets), jokes (frogs in drinking cans) and the congeniality of neighbors were eagerly awaited in those days of the past.

One of the more prominent threshers of the Morley area was William Boots, who was assisted by his twin sons, Willard and Willis and in later years by his grandson, Merwyn.

William Boots threshed in the early 1900s. It was done by a horsepower operated machine. His first steam power was a Star single cylinder engine, separator unknown, having a safety feeder, Sattley swinging stacker and an automatic weigher.

Two years later Mr. Boots purchased an American Starr separator from Des Moines, Iowa. The 12 horsepower engine was traded for a 14 horsepower Starr which was operated for four years.