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|The Header and Shocking
in the Grain Fields
By Ted Weisenburger,
I grew up on a farm too and some of my memories are
a bit different. The bundles were called bundles.
We went through the field and set them up-right so
that the heads of the grain would be off the ground
-- seven or eight bundles stacked together were called
shocks. And going through the field behind the binder
to set up the bundles was called "shocking".
The header was another machine that just cut the
heads off the grain. This was used during the drought
in the 30's when the grain didn't grow tall enough
to cut with a binder. The grain was cut with a header
and elevated directly into the header box. That is
why one side was lower. That is the side where the
grain came into the box from the header. The grain
was then stacked in two stacks separated wide enough
to pull the threshing machine between the two stacks
and the grain was pitched into the threshing machine
from the stacks.
In 1936 was the last year we used the header although
the header box was around for a while. In 1936 we
moved from Tuttle to New Rockford area, where the
grain grew a little taller and we no longer needed
I remember the header and header box and seeing them
thresh the stacks of grain, but I wasn't old enough
to participate then, but I do remember shocking. That
was hard work.
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