In the early 1900s, operators shipped steam rigs into Kansas and from one section of Kansas into other sections of Kansas. Reports of large wheat crops fired their Imaginations. Their being1 from home, expense? were heavy. Conditions arose with which they were not familiar. Full crews were furnished, paid and fed. Sometimes after feeding those men through rainy weather, when dry enough to thresh, they were gone. A few operators did well. Others, when faced with reality, realized, 'The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was an illusion.' A few operators poured their earnings down their throats. Others slipped it across card tables. Neither paid, their notes.
In 1904, Advance Thresher Co., sold a 20 hp. engine and a 36 60 separator complete at Wellington, Sumner County. Crops were short in Summer County in 1905. That machinery was shipped to Plainville, Rooks County. Rooks County was on my block. That operator did not pay his notes.
In 1906, the company instructed me to take possession of the machinery. The operator had returned home but stored the machinery with a relative, six miles south of Plainville, near the foothills of the Saline river. The machinery stood near a stone fence. - its only protection.
Instructions were to get peaceable possession of the machinery. I informed the owner of the farm, what my mission and intentions were. Inquiry was made as to possession and storage. The storage was high but I paid it. He signed a receipt for the storage and released the machinery.
Arrangements were hastily made for a water hauler and fuel. The machinery was quickly delivered into Plainville and stored with Advance Thresher Co's. dealer.