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Source: Osceola Centennial Issue...1851 to 1951, Osceola Sentinel, August 2, 1951, Section 1, p. 8.

Rilea Implement Co., the Allis-Chalmers dealer, also had a full-page ad in the Centennial Issue showing some old farm machinery as well as "modern" machinery.

Baling hay must have been strenuous work in the 1850's when this rig was used. Hay was first tramped in, then compressed into 250-pound bales. The press required two men and a horse to operate, made five bales an hour. How the bales were handled is not known by present machinery men.

In the decade between 1850 and 1860...the years in which Osceola was established as a town... two-wheel mowers like that above were capturing the interest of farmers. The machine featured a hinged cutterbar, a turning point in design of the day.


Spring-tooth sulky rakes like this were just coming into use as pioneers moved onto the Clarke county prairies. It was dumped by hand, could be used for windrowing or bunching, and was considered an improved rake of the day in 1850.

Wooden plow of the Colonial days, pictured here, could not plow deep, sometimes wore out in a single seaon. It met its master when moved west to the prairie sod. Blacksmiths first solved the problem by fastening steel saw blades over the surfaces of wooden moldboards.

In its day the horse-powered thresher, shown working on a farm in Knox township, was considered quite a machine...though it meant spending a good share of the summer trading threshing work, and cooking for dozens of hands. Threshing rig above was owned by Sherman and Hugh Wilson and was being operated on the Frank Rayl farm which now (1951) belongs to Chet Henderson.


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