February 24, 2018
Mary Davis, Gary Conley, Terray Harmon and Myron Egbert all contributed to this report.
Last week’s History Mystery was scanned from a 2 1/4- by 2 1/4-inch black and white negative. Information on the envelope reads, “Threshing Bee Advance, Oregonian, 1972.”
The Threshing Bee was a summer festival in Dufur focused on the wheat harvest.
Mary Davis wrote the object is a “thrashing log” built by Lewis Anderson of Pleasant Ridge area near Dufur. His 1895 house, 1890 barn, granary and outhouse were all moved and are now part of Fort Dalles Museum/Anderson Homestead, located at 15th and Garrison.
This unusual farm implement can be viewed in the threshing room at the Anderson barn, said Myron Egbert, a volunteer docent at the museum.
It was made from a solid piece of Tamarrack Pine and was very heavy.
Egbert said it looked like the log was photographed behind the Balch Hotel in Dufur, as did Gary Conley.
Conley also noted that the wheels were early attempts at threshing and were not particularly successful.
“They chopped up the grain real bad, when they were knocking the grain out of the heads.”
Lucile Stephens of Dufur confirmed the picture was taken behind the Balch Hotel in Dufur, and said the man in the cap was Bob DePriest.
She added that the introduction of the Threshing Bee to Dufur brought many old pieces of machinery to town, much of which was restored, and the equipment now makes up a large part of the displays at the Dufur Museum.
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