• Creator
  • Early American Museum
  • Created Date
  • 8-1-00
  • Description
  • Photograph. Threshing scene on the Allen Grant Little farm, Hensley Township, Champaign County, Illinois. Image shows a threshing crew operating a steam thresher attached to a blower. Several full wagons are in the foreground, along with waterbarrels and a water truck. In 1881, Allen Grant Little and his parents and two brothers moved to an 160 acre farm in Hensley township. At age 21 Allen began keeping a journal of his farm life experiences,... more
    Photograph. Threshing scene on the Allen Grant Little farm, Hensley Township, Champaign County, Illinois. Image shows a threshing crew operating a steam thresher attached to a blower. Several full wagons are in the foreground, along with waterbarrels and a water truck. In 1881, Allen Grant Little and his parents and two brothers moved to an 160 acre farm in Hensley township. At age 21 Allen began keeping a journal of his farm life experiences, which he maintained for 27 years between 1888-1917. This picture of a threshing crew on the Little farm shows a threshing ring in action. Steam threshers were too expensive for most individual farmers to own, so a group would either buy one together, or hire a professional thresher to thresh their grain. The group of farmers would work together to bring the crop in quickly. As this picture shows, threshing was also a social event involving large groups of people. Celebrations and Festivals. 16 History; 18 Social systems. less
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