Postmark: MONROE NEB JUN 24 1911 5 PM
Mrs Mary Brunken
Thanks for that card. All right it is a dandy. My it looks as though Hilda grew a whole lot since I saw her last. We need some rain here now. It is quite hot and dry.
best regards from Julia.
- "Julia" is probably Julia E. (Henning) Tessendorf. Julia and her husband, Gustave F. "Gus" Tessendorf, raised Lucia (Petersen) Griepentrog's husband, William Griepentrog, after William's parents passed away March 1905. The Gus Tessendorf farm was in the next section west of the Carsten Petersen farm, so Julia was a close neighbor during the years Marie was growing up.
- "Dear Friend", "Mrs Mary Brunken" is Clara Marie (Petersen) Brunken
- "Hilda" is Hilda Ida Brunken, daughter of Mary Brunken.
Picture StoryA custom crew is shelling corn. Like the early thrashing machines, a farmer could not afford to own one for his private use. Instead an entrepreneur (or a cooperative) owned the equipment and hired a team of men to custom shell corn on farms. The machine in the picture is a Sandwich Corn Sheller. While I was not able to make out the "SANDWICH" label on the side of the machine,
and the associated Sandwich Stationary Engine that powers the sheller
DateFrom the postmark, the date is June 24, 1911. Julia says " It is quite hot and dry." Normally corn is shelled in the fall/spring when the weather is cooler - See the heavy clothing that the men in the picture are wearing. The picture was likely taken the previous fall, 1910.
LocationThe postmark is Monroe, Nebraska. Possibly this picture was taken on the Gus Tessendorf farm.
- Loretta Sorensen, "Collecting Sandwich Equipment", August 2009. http://www.farmcollector.com/gas-engines/collecting-sandwich-equipment.aspx#axzz36JVN6KVF
- A sketch of a mounted Sandwich belt corn sheller machine can be seen at the Farm Collector web site: http://www.farmcollector.com/~/media/Images/FCM/Editorial/Articles/Magazine%20Articles/2009/08-01/Collecting%20Sandwich%20Equipment/FC-AG09_6holebeltrig1912_11.jpg
- A Sandwich mounted stationary engine that powers the sheller machine can be seen at The Farm Collector web site: http://www.farmcollector.com/~/media/Images/FCM/Editorial/Articles/Magazine%20Articles/2009/08-01/Collecting%20Sandwich%20Equipment/FC-AG09_sandwichengine7cob.jpg