Remember When: Threshing with steam power

With the Steam Threshers Show taking place in Plain City July 12-15, it seemed like a good time to pull out another one of Walter Greenbaum’s photographs chronicling local agriculture.

While residing in Madison, Champaign and Union counties, Greenbaum took pictures like this one in the mid-1920s and early 1930s when threshing wheat involved steam engine tractors. This scene shows the farm of Art and Charlyne Bullard, located then on Bullard-Rutan Road, 1.5 miles north of Five Points where routes 161 and 559 come together northeast of Mechanicsburg. Greenbaum was an uncle to the Bullards.

Lyn Schener, a great niece of Greenbaum and daughter of Art and Charlyne Bullard, supplied the picture.

Columnist Earl Ballenger is a resident of London. If you have an old photograph to share, call 740-852-0809.

Note: The Madison County Genealogy Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. July 18 at the London Public Library in the Hartley Room. The public is invited to attend the meeting. Through a Power Point presentation full of photos, Earl Ballenger will talk about “London in the 1960s and London Now.”

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