ADAMS COUNTY – BREAD BASKET OF THE WORLD

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The first crop of wheat was harvested in Adams County in 1880. By the early 1900s, Ritzville (the county seat) was advertising itself as the largest single wheat shipping point in the world claiming more than 2,000,000 bushels being dispatched in a good year. A few years later, in 1910, Adams County was billing itself as the Bread Basket of the World. This was in a day when wheat production was achieved by manpower and horsepower. The author has assembled a collection of over 230 original, countywide, historic photographs to tell the story.

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The first crop of wheat was harvested in Adams County in 1880. By the early 1900s, Ritzville (the county seat) was advertising itself as the largest single wheat shipping point in the world claiming more than 2,000,000 bushels being dispatched in a good year. A few years later, in 1910, Adams County was billing itself as the Bread Basket of the World. This was in a day when wheat production was achieved by manpower and horsepower.  A typical harvest day  started at 4:30 a.m. Most harvest days were long and hot. The early stationary threshing machines were nothing but work, work, work. Time and work were reduced with the advent of “ground-powered” combines, which required anywhere from 15 to 20 men to bring in the crop. In addition, it should also be noted that one or more women spent long hours in front of a hot stove preparing huge meals for the hungry workers.  The author tells the story with a collection of over 230 original, countywide, historic photographs covering a timespan from the late 1890’s to about 1940.  This work includes an index and bibliography. A must for anyone interested in early wheat farming. The author has assembled a collection of over 230 original, countywide, historic photographs to tell the story.  This work contains information about

  • Wheat harvests
  • Holt combines
  • Best combines
  • Northwest Harvester combines
  • Pride of Washington combines
  • Harrington Harvester combines
  • Self-propelled combines
  • Ground-powered combines
  • Ritzville, Washington
  • Lind, Washington,
  • Washtucna, Washington
  • Benge, Washington
  • Ralston, Washington
  • Cunningham, Washington
  • Hatton, Washington
  • Tokio, Washington
  • Schrag, Washington

 

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