Some Threshing Experiences

| August/September 1987

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    Edgar Flowers, 83, attends his 5 HP Economy gas engine at Ohio Valley Flywheel Show, 1986. Rudy Kasteal and Hartzel converse in the background.

  • 5 HP Economy gas engine

Told by Edgar Flowers, written, by William Flowers, Route I, Box 332 Adena, Ohio 43901.

In 1919, the Tri-County Farmers Club was formed in Eastern Ohio consisting of 25 families living in Harrison, Jefferson, and Belmont Counties. The purpose was to buy and operate a threshing rig to thresh among themselves. This move was motivated because they could not get a thresherman when their grain was ready.

They bought a new Aultman & Taylor 22/42 wood separator. The first year it was powered by Walter Whinnery's 15/27 Case Cross motor tractor. The second and third year it was powered by Arch Lough's 15/27 Case Cross motor. After the third year they purchased a 22/40 Case Cross motor that had been bought new by the Short creek Township to pull the maintainer. This tractor proved too small for the maintainer so the township bought a 25/45 Case Cross motor.

My dad then took over the operation of the threshing rig using the 22/40 Case and ran it until 1926. In 1926, the club decided to dissolve as a threshing rig and started being a social club which is still in existence. Since there was a mortgage on the outfit, my dad bought the complete rig from the Adena Bank. He then ran the rig for himself until he traded the 22/40 Case and the Aultman & Taylor thresher for a new Rumely 22/36 thresher and ordered a 22/36 McCormick Deering tractor in the summer of 1929.

Before the 22/36 McCormick Deering tractor arrived, the dealer loaned a Titan tractor to pull the new Rumely thresher. The Titan gave my dad an awful scare that summer. It ran out of power going up a steep hill and the brakes were unable to hold it. The engine started running backwards back down the hill and didn't stop until it reached the railroad tracks next to the creek. He had been able to steer enough to keep it straight.

In 1931, a huge wheat crop was expected and he knew that they would never be able to get everything through the little Rumely thresher so he purchased a new 28/48 Avery steel thresher. Also about the same time, the Cadiz bank re-possessed a 18V22' Ohio stationary hay press built in 1898. My dad bought it for $50.00. He used it for a couple of years before having it completely rebuilt. He had bought a wrecked bailer that had the plunger busted up in an accident to use for extra parts.


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