Harvest time is here in many parts of the country and my mind wandered to these pictures of an Old Time Thresher that I found in my Grandma’s Scrapbooks.
The scrapbook is for 1956, so these pictures are almost 60 years old.
In this picture you can see an overall view of the threshing machine. You see that tractor that is used as the power for the thresher in the foreground, and the crew working in the background.
The thresher was owned by Loy Harris and Herschel Manes and they were able to thresh all 700 bushels of oats at the Grant Oldfield farm in one day with just this small crew.
The crew above is Herschel and Franklin Manes and Don and Walter Armstrong.
They were attracting a lot of attention at the time as very few old threshers were still in use. Today, you can probably only find one at a living history exhibit.
Threshing was hard work, especially on a hot day. My great, great grandfather died of heat exhaustion while working on a threshing crew in Hays, Kansas. Someday I will have to find the newspaper article and share the details.
Even harvesting with combines can be hard work. I spent one summer working on a ranch/farm and I think that working the wheat harvest was one of the most exhausting jobs we did.
Have you ever helped harvest crops?