Agricultural History Series
 Missouri State University

Post Civil War Farm Equipment

Harvesting and Processing Equipment - 1865 - 1872

Whitman's Improved Separator Whitman’s Improved Three Hitch Separator -  Made by the Whitman agricultural works in St. Louis.  The drive shaft coming off of the side of the machine was the link to the power source that operated the machine.  Crop to be threshed was fed into the front of the machine, grain came out the spout on the side and the straw and chaff came out the back.
Invincible Vibrator Threshing Machine St. Louis Invincible Vibrator Thresher –   Made by Kingsland & Ferguson and was shown in the 1871 Missouri Agriculture Report.  Featured an extra long feed chute that aided the men who fed the crop into the machine.  The machine utilized a large cleaning fan and a vibrating cleaning system that took trash out of the threshed grain.

Corn and Cob Mill

Corn and Cob Mill – Made by Clarks, Sergow & Mach of Cincinnati and won 1st premium at the St. Louis Ag. Association show.  Was designed so that corn grain or cobs passing between the gear driven rollers was crushed and sent out of the machine as meal for humans or animals.
Cane Mill and Evaporator

Victor Cane and Mill Evaporator – This mill was “peculiar” as it used no scrapers, didn’t clog and was able to press dry cane while not crowding it.  Syrup flowed from the mill very well and could be built and maintained easily.  Was quoted as being one of “ the inventions of the age” and was gaining nationwide popularity.

Portable Flour Mill

Portable Flour Mill and Bolt –  Made and exhibited by J. Halteman of St. Louis.  Was one of the larger portable mills of its' time and utilized three gear driven rollers to process wheat grain into wheat flour.  The drive system was praised for being simple since reliable gears and only 2 belts were used.

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