Antique-equipment enthusiasts bring in the sheaves

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Four members of the Wheat Heritage and Engine Threshing Co. of Goessel gathered Saturday morning on the outskirts of town to complete their annual old-time harvest-binding and shocking wheat-in preparation for the 33rd annual Goessel Threshing Days, Aug. 4-6. In the above photo, Jerry Toews and Russ Hamm of Goessel and Colt Maverick of Lehigh (from left) create shocks from the bundles of wheat that were bound by Hamm’s antique equipment: a New Ideal binder and an International 8-16 tractor, both circa 1922, which are seen at work in the top two photos. Overseeing the binder in those photos is Travis Robinson of Newton. The foursome planned to bind and shock about three acres of wheat, which will be threshed during the festival in August. The event came complete with a brief equipment breakdown and repair – which was very common back then, according to Hamm. “Harvest took a long time in those days,” he said.

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