Petersburg Press

The way it once was done

Dewey Hinze (inset) and his sheller in operation.In mid-July, 85-year-old Duane “Dewey” Hinze and his son, Ken, pulled in their antique corn sheller and prepared it for a day’s work at the “No Fun Farm” owned by Ron and Zondee Coakes southwest of Petersburg.
It may have been the last corn shelling trip for Dewey. However, Ken Hinze said he plans to bring the 1961 No. 6 John Deere sheller back to the Coakes farm next summer.
The machine dates back to a time when corn shelling was a neighborhood activity, bringing farmers together to empty the corn cribs and separate the corn from the cobs to feed livestock.
Shelling was an important activity for area farmers from the turn of the century into the 1960s, when corn was still “picked on the ear.”
Read more in the July 23 Petersburg Press and Albion News Print & E-Editions.