Not long ago I wrote you the story of how the threshing crews went from farm to farm (when I was a child) each farmer helping his neighbors, they in turn helped him when the threshing crew came to his farm.
Usually about 30 men worked with the threshing—some hauling the wheat, oats, or whatever, to the thresher, some doing the sacking of the grain, some sewing the tops of the sacks together with strong cord and long curved needles—about six to eight inches long, made specially for the purpose.
Below is an explanation of the different operations of the thresher. This is just like the one that used to come to our place.
- This is the long belt—made of specially treated, thick leather, that ran the thresher. The belt was driven by a gasoline or kerosene driven motor, not shown in the picture (to the left).
- Hay on a wagon being fed into the “hopper” by men with hay forks—sometimes called “pitch forks.”
- Pipe discharging the straw into a straw-stack.
- Pipe discharging the grain—it was “caught” in 100 lb “grass” or sometimes called “toesacks”.
- Hay hopper.
- Is another thresher—not being used.