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Published on Sep 19, 2009
This is a Case thresher purchased by my great-great grandfather, Jacob L. Hoesly, and his brothers Andrew and David of New Glarus, WI in 1888. My Uncle John saw the thresher at the annual Threshing and Antique Show in Freeport, IL last year, so my dad and I went down to look at it this year. According to a sign by the thresher, the Hoesly family used it for 56 years. It was powered by horses for 26 years, a one cylinder Stover gas engine for 26 years, and a tractor for four years. Another sign states that the Hoesly threshing record was 900 bushels after dinner one day. The gentleman with the light blue shirt who's feeding oats into the machine is Robert Lamm. (He'll be 100 years old in February!) Mr. Lamm restored the machine about 35 years ago. It's currently owned by the Stephenson County (IL) Antique Engine Club.