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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 7, August 2, 1852

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Identifier: DX01181149

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 7, August 2, 1852

Description: Describes witnessing the thrashing of wheat ricks.


at the house, on we jogged to where Homer [Hall] and the rest of “the boys” were preparing to thrash out two wheat-ricks, at a neighbour’s. The great machine was placed beteen the ricks, and all were busy. A call to dinner — all in the house. Coffee, bacon & fixings. Then the thrashing began right bonnily. Four horses the propelling power, a man standing whip in hand at the centre of the horizontal wheel they caused to revolve; Homer “feeding ” the machine with what his brother pitchforked from the rick above. Three or four others busily employed also. Clack went the iron & wood work, straw & chaff mounted aloft by means of revolving canvass, (falling & commencing a rick on its own account); while at the side sacks were busily filled with the grain. An hour or so, then Mr [Elisha] Hall intimating he was ready, to the buggy again, and off for four or five miles of hot dusty road, the latter part of it wild & picturesque looking. Up-hill & through thick trees, valley & rock & stream below us. Scarcely did a mortal pass us. Arrived at the spot, we dismounted, tied horse, clambered through fence & passing across a meadow came to what should have been Buttermilk Falls. But the hot Summer had caused the stream to dry up & sink into crevices above, so standing at the centre of the edge we could but look down. Some seventy feet perhaps, a small though deep pool, (semicircular the basin) and beyond all thicket rock and woodland, tall cliffs rising on each side, all hidden by trees.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-08-02

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Agriculture
Agricultural machinery
Rural areas


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