McCormick Reaper. Material: wood, metal. Size: 7' W. x 9' L. with tongue: 12' L. Description: wooden frame; belt on side.
A replica of the first horse operated machine for cutting grain. Cyrus McCormick was granted his first patent in 1832 and later in 1845 a second patent. The reaper cuts the grain and throws the grain onto a platform. One man would drive the horses and one would rake the grain off the platform into piles that would be tied and shocked by other workers. Rebuilt by Aaron Draheim. Reaper invented by Cyrus McCormick in 1835. Has been exhibited at many celebrations and parades. It was in bad shape from weathering and was rebuilt by Aaron Draheim. Donated in 1964 by John Marzahn of Waterville, Minnesota.