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Restoring an innovative piece of ag history

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013

(1) Bill Lee is shown milling a die to form the chain paddles for the corn picker's elevator. | (2) The restored Overby corn picker at Bill Lee's farm near Colman in 2013. Photos: South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum.

• Ag Heritage Museum to display restored Overby corn picker, viewing to take place Nov. 2

BROOKINGS – When Bill Lee started his restoration work on the 1904 Overby corn harvester and husker, he was amazed how the original creators of the machine were able to put it together.

Lee, who recently retired after 30 years as the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum’s exhibit and restoration curator, spent 1,600 hours working on the Overby picker at his farm north of Colman.

For the complete article see the 10-30-2013 issue.

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