Where Did All The Alfalfa Seed Come From?

| September/October 2001

  • HK Huber Tractor

  • Birdsell Clover Huller

  • HK Huber Tractor
  • Birdsell Clover Huller

464 S 5th Street Sebewaing, Michigan 48759-1559

The year was 1932, and I was running the 16-30 Hart Parr, and a #9 Bird-sell clover and alfalfa huller.

We started threshing alfalfa clover that morning, and when we finished that evening, about eight o'clock, we had 55 two-bushel bags full of alfalfa seed. Never before or after that day did I ever thresh that much alfalfa seed. There were lots of days when we ran all day and only produced two or three bags of seed. When I got home that night, and told Dad how much alfalfa seed we threshed, he could not believe it. The picture below is of a Birdsell huller.

July 1954--My dad, William A. Kuhl, Sr., threshing wheat at his farm. This was the last year he threshed any grain in our area. The tractor is an HK Huber; grain separator is a 30x50 Red River Special.

The following are names of threshing machinery that Dad owned over the years:

Steam engines: Reeves, Buffalo-Pitts, Port Huron, Russell, Aultman Taylor.

Tractors: Aultman-Taylor, Case, three Hart Parrs, four Rumely OilPulls, Oliver Hart Parr, two Hubers.

Birdsell Clover Huller, Size No. 8 (Cylinders, 36x44 inches), Completely Equipped with 'Special' Feeder and Gearless V/ind Stacker (Recleaner Side)

All new hullers are now equipped with new style recleaner, and belted up as shown here. Recleaner is driven direct from pulley on raddle belt shaft and lower auger or conveyor is chain driven.

Separators: Avery, Yellow Fellow, Russell, Aultman-Taylor, Farquhar, Gaar Scott, Greyhounds, two Advance Rumelys, two Port Huron, three Red River Specials, Advance Rumely clover huller, Birdsell clover huller, Advance Rumely hay baler, Ann Arbor hay baler, Advance Rumely corn shredder, Rosenthal #89 corn shredder.

During the 1930s and early 1940s, Dad had five grain rigs and three bean threshers, doing custom threshing.


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