early combine
     Harvesting wheat with an early combine in the Defender Packing Co. field that would later become Home Run Baker park on Main Street. The combine, believed to be an early Alice Chalmers, is being pulled and powered by a Farmall "M" or "H" tractor. The grain was delivered into cloth bags and when a bag was filled, the operator would tie the bag and slide it down a metal shoot where it would drop into the field to be picked up by a truck. The pictures are from the 1950s     [Robert Croswell]