SHOW REPORT Annual Wheat- Cutting Reunion at Winser's Farm Upperco, Maryland

| September/October 1974

  • Binding Wheat
    Courtesy of James Rundus, Munden, Kansas 66959
    James Rundus

  • Binding Wheat

Munden, Kansas 66959

On Sunday, July 7, 1974, an annual event was held at Gilbert Wisner's farm near Arcadia, Maryland. This was the annual 'wheat-cutting reunion' where wheat was cut by antique machinery to be threshed out at the Maryland Steam Historical Society's 19th annual reunion at Arcadia, September 12 to 15, 1974.

About 60-75 persons attended the event during the afternoon. Before going to the field, a delicious country-style dinner was served by the Wisner ladies and neighbors-no 'store bought' food, everything was prepared just as it was years ago. The only modern touch was the soft drinks.

After dinner, the men moved out into the field of golden grain, one of the best wheat crops we had ever had. Mr. Morrell Blizzard Sr. took the controls of the McCormick-Deering Binder as Mr. Gilbert Wisner, President of the Maryland Steam Historical Society, mounted up on his Farmall 'A' tractor, about a 1930 model.

The other men present took turns at forking the sheaves on to the old wagon. The weather was just perfect and that old reaper really cut that wheat down fast. After, the machinery was put away for another year and an afternoon of fun and fellowship was enjoyed by all.

Many of those present enjoyed looking at the numerous old gas engines and tractors at the Wisner farm. Also the 18 H.P. Frick and 50 H.P. Case Steam Engines drew a lot of attention from the visitors. It was like going back in history about 60 or 70 years. The rustic farm buildings, a sawmill in the woods, cattle in the meadow and down-to-earth country folks who knew how a dollar was earned years ago but enjoyed every moment of it.