Harvesting Wheat with a McCormick Header and Barges - c. 1905


Harvesting Wheat with a McCormick Header and Barges

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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.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0483
Photographer Unknown
Location Heppner, Morrow County
Subject Farming and Ranching, Horses, Mules and Oxen
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 4.8 x 6.7 inches
Photographer's Number No