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# Monday, July 02, 2012
Your Farmer Ancestors: Threshing in South Dakota
Posted by Maureen

There are a lot of comments on my posting on the threshing photos I saw last month at Jamboree. I learned a lot about the threshing process.  Thank you! 

Sharon Pike sent in another picture of threshing wheat. It's of her family in South Dakota.

Pike farming SDedit.jpg

Being from the East Coast, I'm not used to seeing such a vast expanse of land. It's so beautiful. The large haystack at the horizon draws your eye from the workers in the foreground to where the sky meets the field.

On the back of Sharon's photo is a note that states that Will Pike is in back of the "header." She's not sure which part of the machinery is the header. Can someone help out and comment below?

Will's full name was James William Pike (1887-1931), son of James S. Pike and his wife Hattie Weed. Will traveled around with a crew that harvested wheat. He lived in Brookings, SD, and later settled in Wisconsin.

Happy Fourth of July this week! I've created a couple of short films on my Vimeo channel to honor the occasion:  One is a colorized engraving depicting a veteran in uniform and the other showcases flags in photographs. I hope you enjoy them!


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    Monday, July 02, 2012 3:44:49 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #  Comments [3]
    Thursday, July 05, 2012 4:16:51 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
    Hi - Being from South Dakota, this post caught my attention. I showed it to some old timers at a 4th of July gathering and they both were very familiar with the threshing process. They said the header would be the equipment in the left hand side of the picture and the guy that is at the left hand edge would be the guy on the back of the header. Hope that helps!
    Karla
    Friday, July 06, 2012 12:38:34 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
    I found the same information as Karla, on this page:

    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kscomanc/wheat_harvest_thresher.html

    The picture and story confirm what a header is and that the relative would be the man on the far left machine.
    mom
    Friday, July 06, 2012 2:55:04 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
    The "large hay stack on the horizon" is probably straw, a by-product of threshing wheat, not hay. Hay is grass or other plants that are used for fodder.
    Karen
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