Rilea Implement Co., the Allis-Chalmers dealer, also had a full-page ad in the Centennial Issue showing some old farm machinery as well as "modern" machinery.
Baling hay must have been strenuous work in the 1850's when this rig was used. Hay was first tramped in, then compressed into 250-pound bales. The press required two men and a horse to operate, made five bales an hour. How the bales were handled is not known by present machinery men.
In the decade between 1850 and 1860...the years in which Osceola was established as a town... two-wheel mowers like that above were capturing the interest of farmers. The machine featured a hinged cutterbar, a turning point in design of the day.
rakes like this were just coming into use as pioneers
moved onto the Clarke county prairies. It was dumped by hand, could be used
for windrowing or bunching, and was considered an improved rake of the day
Wooden plow of the Colonial days, pictured here, could
not plow deep, sometimes wore out in a single seaon. It met its master when
moved west to the prairie sod. Blacksmiths first solved the problem by fastening
steel saw blades over the surfaces of wooden moldboards.
In its day the horse-powered thresher, shown working on a farm in Knox township, was considered quite a machine...though it meant spending a good share of the summer trading threshing work, and cooking for dozens of hands. Threshing rig above was owned by Sherman and Hugh Wilson and was being operated on the Frank Rayl farm which now (1951) belongs to Chet Henderson.
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