Frank and Linda Wilkinson welcomed everyone to their farm west of Onanole on September 10 for an old-time threshing day. With some help from friends and neighbours, the oat stooks were forked onto a wagon pulled by a team of Percheron horses, and then fed into the 1926 Advanced Rumely threshing machine. A 1953 W6 International tractor ran the threshing machine. There were also displays of other types of farm machinery that were used many years ago.
This is the fourth year that the Wilkinsons have shared this experience. The first year was trial and error, with the hope that the local community and others would be interested in how people farmed many decades ago. Both young and old were there (three years old to 96 years old), so not only was it a draw to the folks who remember it, but to the next generations who need to know how it was all done in the old days.
Cindy Murray writes from Erickson, Manitoba.