| November/December 1980

Glenford, Ohio 43739

Some time back I was searching through my large collection of agricultural implement catalogs and folders for a friend who was restoring an old tractor and needed colors for reference. In the search I came across the catalog of the Adams Company. It has been in my possession since 1914 and one of the things of interest to me was the two-roll corn husker. At that time, I had hoped to persuade my father to buy one.

The power required for the two-roll Adams machine is listed in the catalog asĀ  6 HP. Our 4 HP Associated engine ran an 8-inch feed grinder very well and the Adams agent said it could handle the husker, but maybe not to full capacity. Well, I was never able to talk dad into buying the husker although the agent did sell two or three in this area.

Those who have husked corn by hand out of the shock know that it is a time consuming, back-breaking job. It merits a few words about corn harvest in our community. No one cut corn before the first of August as it was said it would spoil; but harvest was begun on the first of September, weather permitting. First, the corn was cut and placed in shocks, ten or so acres taking twenty days or more. When the corn was thus cut and shocked, the ground between the rows was disced in preparation for sowing wheat. Often, the discing was completed prior to the fly-free date for sowing wheat (October 10th, most years) and some corn husking was done immediately after the discing.

After taking two or three days to get the wheat into the ground, the corn husking began in earnest. Two shocks were husked and the ears thrown into one pile between them. The fodder from four corn shocks was made into one fodder shock. Fodder was valued for livestock feed over the winter and was hauled to a convenient location for winter use. The corn hauling was carried on if the corn got too dry for easy husking.

The ears of corn piled at two shock intervals were picked up by hand and pitched into the high-sided wagon. At the corn crib they were then shoveled off by hand, another back-breaking task. When both the piles of ears and the shocks of fodder were removed from the field, a strip remained across the field where each row of shocks stood and the space between these strips had been drilled with wheat. When the weather and husking progress permitted, we often disced the narrow space where the row of shocks had stood and drilled this area with oats for horse feed.


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