25-85 Nichols and Shepard Single Cylinder Engine No. 1237721
Threshing and Its History 22-24
James Valley 2-Cylinder Club28-29
My Dad's Pride30
The "Dakota" Tractor 31
Mogul 10-20 Tractor32-33
Fred Bruns, Rumely Lover 34-35
"Dakota Territory" 36
Kid's Power & Fun47-48
Fun at the Toy Chest 49-51
Spinners & Weavers56-57
Music at the James ValleyThreshing Show 58-59
Feed Bin & Thresherman's Breakfast 60-62
The Lazy Farmer's 4-H 63
The Old Time Chuck Wagon64-66
A Working Show 67-68
Fun In Andover 69-78
Other Activities 79-81
Ground Improvements 83-84
"Thank You" 85
1999 Membership List86
Map of the Grounds87
Membership Picture Directory 88-118
Honor Roll of Desceased Members119
Our Sponsors 120-127
As we review agriculture and machines, the sources of power and the vehicles associated with agriculture down through the years, we must conclude that mechanization began about 150 years ago. We also find that very few men or women under the age of 65 years can boast that they have made the trip to town in a horse-drawn buggy or a fringed top surrey. Until about seventy-five years ago, oxen, horses, mules and even man himself were the chief sources of power on the farm.
The steam engine became self-propelled in the 1880's and was an important source of power for breaking the virgin sod when North and South Dakota were settled in the 1880's to 1900 period.
The threshing scene underwent few changes since the time Christ was on earth. The Bible mentions the threshing floor where the straw was placed and animals were driven over it until the grain was separated from the heads, or the flail with which a man beat the straw until the grain was separated from the heads. It was not until nearly 1800 that a few crude grain threshing machines began to appear. In the 1830's the Pitts brothers devised a more successful machine.
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