A BIT OF HISTORY

Shipment

Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Steck, 12445 Hack Rd., R. 1, Reese, Michigan 48757 THEN - July 11, 1963. Fred inspecting his shipment.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Steck

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Marysville, Ohio 43040

It was in the summer of 1915 and the farmers of the west side of Pairs Township and the east side of Allen Township, Union County, Ohio were confronted with a serious problem. The grain crops were good and try in every way they could, the farmers were unable to engage the services of any of the regular custom threshermen.

So ten of these farmers drove in two cars to Marion, Ohio to visit the main office and plant of the Huber Mfg. Co. to see what they might have on hand in the way of threshing equipment. They had several separators and one 16-horse Huber Engine all new. Completed and ready to be shipped. Well, these farmers agreed to form a company and purchase a new Huber Outfit, which they did. 16 horse engine No. 11175 and a 28 x 48 separator. The next day the Huber Co. loaded this outfit on the train and shipped it to Pottersburgh, Ohio. Also included was a Huber tank-wagon equipped with a Myers hand pump and twenty feet of suction hose.

When the outfit arrived, Mr. Claypool, the local representative of the Huber Company was there and helped the men unload it. None of these farmers had had any experiences with a steam engine and so they hired an engineer and a separator man-now they were in business. With only a few minor mishaps, they got along fine and with a little bit over two seasons' use they paid all operating expenses and had the outfit completely paid for. P.S. Mr. Amrine was the former Secretary-manager of the Allen-Paris Threshing Co., Union County, Ohio.

THEN AND NOW

Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Steck, 12445 Hack Rd., R. 1, Reese, Michigan 48757

A few years ago, after much letter writing, trying to locate a steam locomotive for sale, we came across this 1920 Baldwin 2-6-2 Wood burner in the yard of the Mobile River Saw Mill Company at Mt. Vernon, Alabama. The next job was how to get it home.

Checking with the several railroads involved, we ended up having it towed to Mobile, Alabama, and loaded on two flatcars and sent on its way home on July 11, 1963. It arrived in our town of Reese on July 24th. Having contacted several truckers to haul it to our farm, 1 miles from Reese, we got one to do the job in three days. It was something to see. Once in our yard the engine and tender were unloaded on two tracks we had laid.

After much hard work, cleaning, sandblasting and making several new parts and just about taking everything apart and painting it all three coats of paint, the engine and tender should be all done by early summer. Taking almost four years of spare time, lots of weekends of hard work and people stopping in every now and then and asking all kinds of questions, the engine is expected to be as good as new. Its new home will be Lake City, Michigan. We expect to lease it to the Cadillac and Lake City R. Y. for their tourist line, which operates from the end of May to the end of September for tourists, and also hauls freight all year with steam power.