Previous Pioneers of Ontario (1923) Next

 

WITHIN REACH OF THE ST. LAWRENCE 37

tion being used on Angus Crawford's place. It sold at seven or eight dollars, and I doubt if a greater labour-saver was ever produced at less cost.

"The first threshing-machine in our neighbourhood made its appearance in 1832. When moved from one farm to another the horse power was loaded on the front wheels of the wagon first and the thresher on top of that. Then the reach and front wheels of the wagon were connected up with the rear wheels and the outfit

REVOLVING RAKE

 

was ready to move. When the thresher was in operation the grain was threshed by the cylinder beating the heads against the bottom of the machine. Grain and straw came out together, and one hundred bushels was a day's run, and the work was wonderfully well done. The owner of the outfit received every fifteenth bushel for his toll. John Livingstone introduced the Pitt separator in 1842, and all threshing-

Picture

Previous Pioneers of Ontario (1923) Next