Bob Callison Threshing Bee

One of the most diligent old-iron restorers in our club is Bob Callison of rural Kendrick, Idaho. If that name rings a bell it's probably because you saw it on Successful Farming's Ageless Iron 1999 calendar. A picture of Bob's magnificently restored Model R Minneapolis Moline graced the cover that year.

Here, we see another of Bob's meticulous restorations, a beautiful little Case 22-36 stationary threshing machine. The other half of his binder-thresher pair is a John Deere binder. It's no fun to have machines sit, unused, so in August of 2001 Bob staged a mini-threshing bee where we all could enjoy them in action.


Here, the club president tries his hand at pitching bundles into the feeder. Bob modestly stayed back out of the picture while he tended his nicely restored F-20 Farmall tractor at the other end of the drive belt.

One of the more observant members of the club noticed that every one of the thresher's bolts and nuts was nicely painted, but there wasn't so much as a drop or a smear of color on the sheet metal. Yup, you guessed it. Bob masked off every one of those dozens—if not hundreds—of bolts before painting them. Patience. Perseverance. He's got it!

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This view takes in the whole machine. Orrin pitches while fellow member Jim Martin keeps an eye on things. (Jim proudly drives his beautifully restored 1937 Indian Scout everywhere through this stunning landscape.) Bob and Judy's farm literally sits on top of the world. The straw pile didn't have much time to grow by the time Cathy snapped this picture.

Bob put on the show for his friends and fellow club members during his harvest season, right smack dab in the middle of his "payday," so to speak. For this the members of the Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club are grateful and extend a hearty thank you to Bob. Good job! Here's hoping you'll do many an encore.

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Andy Gortsema makes his rounds, checking out the thresher and doing some fine tuning, here and there. All's well.

The more observant viewer will quickly recognize the use of a hay fork for pitching bundles. Bob found himself busy enough getting the machinery ready without having the added chore of finding his three-tined bundle forks.

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After threshing the first load of bundles, Bob showed off his "Minnie Mo" "R" and the ten foot JD binder.

Check out the landscape. Bob and Judy literally sit on top of the world!

The day turned out to be the hottest one of the year and the resultant haze didn't do much for the view. It must be spectacular after a freshening rain!

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Photographs by Cathy Iseminger


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