Old Time Thresher

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.

old time thresher, harvest, wheat harvest, threshing, FarmingIn 1956 there were still a few old threshing machines still being used in the area around Northboro, Iowa.

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.

Threshing Crew, Old Thresher, Oats, Combines, Old Farming TechniquesHere you see a closeup of the crew working. There is a short article with the pictures. At this farm they were threshing oats and wheat. It looks to me as if they are threshing oats at this time.

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?


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2 Responses to Old Time Thresher

  1. When I was 15, having set a new record for the mile run in Birmingham, I spent a week visiting my grandmother’s two “ole maid” sisters on their farm outside Cullman in northern Alabama. One day I helped them pick tomatoes and load them on the wagon. I vaguely recall their telling me to slow down and take rest breaks. The next day I could barely get out of bed!

  2. Glenda McDougal says:

    My Grandfather had a heat stroke in the hay field.

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