Horse Powered Threshing near Cottage Grove - c. 1903


Horse Powered Threshing near Cottage Grove - Shanfelt

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While some large farms had steam power, in the early 1900s many farmers were still using horses to power their threshing machines. From four to seven two-horse teams were used to turn the "power" mechanism, which was hooked to the thresher in the background by rotating iron rods. Detail 1 shows the driver in the center, whose job was to encourage the horses as necessary to keep the power turning smoothly. Detail 2 shows some of the rest of the large crew, who as with combines today often moved from farm to farm. Partly visible beneath them is the working part of the thresher. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0161
Photographer William F. Shanfelt
Location Lane County
Subject Farming and Ranching, Horses, Mules and Oxen
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 7.6 x 9.7 inches
Photographer's Number No