In this system of harvesting wheat, the header was pushed, not pulled, by a team of six to eight horses. It cut off the heads of the stalks, hence its name, and using a conveyor, loaded them into distinctive wagons called barges. Power for the cutter and conveyor came through a series of gears and chains, driven by the cleated metal wheel on the left. Thus those elements only moved when the header was being pushed forward. One man could run the header, two were required for the active barge, and one would man the second barge that would trade off as the first barge filled. Three of the men in this photo are identified as Edward Andersen, J. S. Miller, and Clarence Andersen. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.
|Location||Heppner, Morrow County|
|Subject||Farming and Ranching, Horses, Mules and Oxen|
|Print Maker||Old Oregon|
|Original Type||Larger Print|
|Size of Original||4.8 x 6.7 inches|