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Marsh Harvester

Kent McMakin

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Marsh Harvester on display at Stonefield Museum in Cassville, Wi. Part of the Wisconsin Historical Society sites. Needing a little TLC but fortunately, still exists. Does anyone know of any other Marsh machines preserved elsewhere. Being the basis for the grain binders that followed, a very historic machine.



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First one I've seen. Can't imagine 2 men could bind bundles fast enough to keep up.

Mike Rock

Nice machine. I don't see any kind of a spindle or spike to hold a ball of twine. I assume (yeah) that they used a twist of the grain stalk to form the tie around the bundle. My mother showed me how to do that in the early fifties. After a few she was darned quick at it. With a dozen siblings to help they harvested in the Hawks Nest area of North Dakota. I don't know when they bought their first binder but they did many acres with scythes in the late 1890's, before she was born.

God bless.