November 12, 1946
Bud came along before daylight this morning trying to start the tractor so he could take the outfit up to John Senft's. He couldn't get it started so he asked me to come out and help and eventually he had to put a fire under it to warm it up before he could start.
Then he went down after the separator. He succeeded in getting it up to the yard but the radiator was freezing up on him so he had to give it up as a bad job and went up to John Senft's.
Then they both came back with John's team to haul the separator but when they started off one of John's horses was scared of the separator behind him so they had to take him off and borrow Roy's horse, Duke before they could get away.
I got a tank of water then turned the team out and did some fencing. They got John Senft's oats threshed with Bud running the machine and John Senft, Kreutzer, and Donald having racks. John Senft and Bud brought the separator back tonight with the John Deere tractor. They threshed about fifteen loads of sheaves.
Thus ends the journal entry for that day, diligently recorded by E.W. (Bill) Nevard. It sounds like harvest was late that fall with all the fun of running machinery in cold weather. I don't have any photos from that episode but this one below was taken back in January of 1944 showing some of the locals out on the “big slough” on Uncle Arthur Nevard's home quarter enjoying some ice skating.