Farming Methods & Farming Machinery
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The first tractor outfit in our community was owned by Frank
Kallian and Sons. It consisted of a 16-30 Rumely Oil Pull tractor
and a 28-44 Advance-Rumely Ideal separator. If I remember correctly
this outfit was shipped to La Valle, Wisconsin by rail in July of
1921. The outfit that I remember best was that owned by H. C. W.
Lucht consisting of a Case 18-32 tractor, bought used in 1927 and a
28-46 Case thresher, bought new in July of 1928.
In the summer of 1928 we started shock threshing in our
neighborhood. This meant that the farmers hauled the bundles from
the field to the machine. When using this system you had at least 4
men out in the field pitching bundles, 7 teams hauled the bundles,
and there were at least 4 men who carried the grain from the
machine to the granary. In the crew you also had 1 man that tended
the sacker, a blower tender and 2 men to set the straw pile. When
our threshing run broke up in the summer of 1943 we didn't have
as much help so I recall that we hauled the grain in the back of
Pete Lucht's International pick-up truck. This was hard work
because you had to unload in a hurry and get back before all the
bags were filled. In the last years that we threshed we hauled the
grain in Dave Held's and Erwin Lucht's trucks and unloaded
it with a portable elevator.
I suppose that every thresherman had a favorite machine. In my
opinion the Case was one of the simplest machines ever made. They
only had 5 belts. The earlier Case 28-46 machines did not have the
straw room that the 28-47 of 1936 did. Of all the machines I ever
worked around I thought that the Case had the best blower controls.
Case never did use the 4 section rotary straw rack so that might be
a distinct disadvantage.
Otto Daudert bought a new Minneapolis special threshing machine
in July of 1940. This machine had an eccentric instead of a
crankshaft so that it was a much smoother running machine than the
Case. It also had a Hart self feeder and I thought that this was a
When our Reedsburg High School Agriculture Club visited Swartz
Brothers Cornfalfa Farms near Waukesha, Wisconsin in June of
(date?) they told us that when they were custom threshermen using a
36-56 Peerless machine and a 30-60 International Mogul tractor they
had a blower and many sections of pipe and would blow the grain
from the separator to the granary.
I once saw a picture in the Hoard's Dairyman which showed a
farmer elevating grain into his granary with a silo filler. He had
a trough fixed so that the grain went directly into the blower.
CombinesThe earlier combines were 12, 14, 16,
and 20 foot cut and so were not practical in the smaller fields in
the middle west, when Allis-Chalmers introduced the All Crop
Harvester in 1935 this brought the combine down to the needs of the
average farmer. I do recall that the first combine in our community
was purchased by Walter Zietlow around 1947. It was a
Minneapolis-Moline but he didn't use it very long. Adolph
Kallian had an Allis-Chalmers combine around 1946. The first
self-propelled combine in Dad's immediate neighborhood was
purchased by my cousin Erwin Lucht in 1965. It was a small
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