Summer – Threshing Season
We now have a special movie about what a threshing day was like. It's fascinating to compare threshing with a modern corn harvest, presented here in a 30-second time lapse movie.
Merna Bailey said she used to sit by the side of the road waiting for the huge threshing engine to come to their farm. As a child, her job during threshing season was to put a bench in the yard and haul pails of water, towels and soap for the field workers to wash before meals.
|Threshing was long, hard, dirty work.|
Hollis Miller said when he was young, his job was to fill the water jugs with cold well water, wrap them in burlap to keep them cool, and take them to the workers.
|"When I got to be older, at 13, why I helped spike pitch…where you had somebody run the…hayrack. You'd help that guy load his rack so he could take it back to the threshing machine. And they usually had two hayracks, one on each side of the feeder housing…And they kept that baby going.." -- Hollis Miller (Quicktime required)|
Women teamed up with neighbors to feed threshers a huge noon meal ususally of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, bread and biscuits with homemade butter and jam, green beans, lettuce, peas, onions, tomatoes, ham or roast beef, pies and cakes of all kinds, iced tea, lemonade. Dean Buller remembers the desserts. Caramel pie and chocolate pie were his favorites.
|"Threshing years ago was a lot of fun, especially for the kids. Cause there was lots going on, lots to eat…We'd get started early in the morning, and I started pitching bundles when I was about 14, 15 years old…And then you thrashed, and then if you were the last one in the evening sometimes you didn't get home until just about dark…But you always had a lot of company and you had a lot of food. 9:00 [a.m.] you would eat lunch; at 10:00 [a.m.] or noon you'd have a big dinner, and 4:00 [p.m.] you'd eat lunch again and then that would last until you got home. But the food in those days…there was no refrigeration. A lot of times, the ladies would have…extra help, and they would butcher chickens in the morning, and they'd have fried chicken by noon." -- Dean Buller (Quicktime required)|