Ohio family keeps steam era memories alive with steam engines from A.D. Baker Company.
Louie Fork’s threshing crew, 1909.
A 1926 Baker 21-75 Heavy Duty Uniflow (No. 17678), the engine Raymond Fork used for threshing. When Raymond bought the engine from an Indiana man, the name “Eleanor” was painted on the canopy’s roof. “When a plane flies over and the pilot sees the engine,” the seller explained to Raymond, “they’ll know whose tractor it is.”
Louie Fork (left) and Raymond Fork, on the job in the 1940s. Photo courtesy of Steve Fork.
Raymond Fork with his 1926 Baker 21-75 in 1998.
Raymond Fork home on leave during the early 1940s with the 1929 Oliver Hart-Parr. Photo below, left and right, courtesy of Steve Fork.
Louie Fork’s threshing machine.
A 1922 Baker 23-90 Uniflow (No. 16266). “For some reason, my dad wanted a steam engine on rubber tires,” Steve Fork recalls. “He got tired of the steel-wheeled tractors.” Raymond Fork found a man who had a steam engine with rubber tires and the two traded.
Steve Fork with his father’s 1926 Baker 21-75.
A 1922 Baker 23-90 (No. 16279). Raymond Fork rebuilt this engine with parts from another. His son, Steve, hopes to get the 23-90 going in the next year, and use it on a Frick No. 1 sawmill he and his dad purchased.