Threshing Days Renewed

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Rt. 2, Box 66, Juniata, Nebraska 68955

It was a very warm day in August as the black smoke bleched from the Minneapolis steam engine as it powered the McCormick-Deering separator and the Oil Pull Rumely that was puffing away as it was belted to the Case separator. This was the scene of the Second Annual Hermann's Threshing and Machinery Show. Exhibitors came from all over the area helping make the show a success. Old memories were kindled and a special interest for the things of yesteryear was sparked in the minds and hearts of the younger generation.

Exhibitors brought the steam engine, many tractors, gasoline engines, and other pieces of machinery and some small articles. The gasoline engines ran, bringing back memories of when they were used to wash clothes, pump water, fan wheat, shell corn and all the other uses the engines had around the farms of years gone by.

Bits of straw flew on the crowd as the bundles were pitched into the separator. A team of white mules was hitched to the hay rack that was hauling the bundles as the oats were pitched on from the field. This was a new experience for the mules and once they decided they didn't like all the excitement and took off. A real run-a-way! They were caught and all was well and they went back to their pulling the wagon without any more problems. A small patch of oats was left standing so they could bind it with the John Deere eight foot binder. The children were fascinated as the binder kicked out the bundles. They also got a big kick out of shelling corn with the little corn sheller which they turned by hand, and also blowing the whistle on the steamer. Plows were on hand and the men had a big time seeing which of their old tractors could pull the biggest plow the farthest.

The highlight of Sunday afternoon was the Parade of Tractors, which was led by the Oil Pull Rumely followed by the Minneapolis steam engine and the many other tractors. It was a real sigh to see the old tractors running those who helped to make our country as it is today: a prosperous farming country. A place in which we can be proud to raise our children, but also we must keep i their minds how the farming was done by our ancestors. We hop this will help keep in their minds the memories of the old threshing  machines, the steamers and of tractors which were the ancestor to the machinery of today.