A LETTER TO LORINE BIXLER

Steam Engine

Courtesy of steam Engine Joe T. Rynda, Jr., Montgomery, Minnesota. 56069 We were having real Minnesota winter - note the snow on 10 Hp. Eureka Sunflower Aultman & Taylor. February 19, 1967. My birthday cake has 75 candles on it.

Steam Engine Joe T. Rynda

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In reply to your letter with reference to my 16 Hp. Straw Burner Return Flue Phoenix water front boiler and two speed gear, link motion balance D. valve and eccentric boiler feed pump and hand wheel brake on counter shaft.

The serial number was brass name plate put on the fancy wood burnished jacket and the jacket was off when I bought the engine. My folks had one just like it and bought it new in 1894 or 95. It was sold to them by Larane Hageber's father who now resides in Jordan, Minn. Mr. Hageber was an honest high pressure 'speaking Dutch' through Meolunek Dutch of Praha, Minnesota in 1894.

The eccentric driven boiler feed pump is missing from the engine. Otherwise it is in very good shape. I have a catalogue published in about 1880, in German. Jordan, Minnesota is a German town. There are two R. R. the Omaha and M & St. L. going through it. Mr. Hageber used these a lot and then livery barn team to branch out.

Mr. Hageber was given a size 18 hunting case gold watch for selling the most threshing rigs in 1890. This is all engraved in the inside cover of the Hunting Gold Case. The proud owner of this priceless gold watch is Steam Engine Joe Rynda. Cornilus Aultman was also part owner of the Aultman & Taylor Company of Mansfield, Ohio. Therefore one reason why Hageber sold both company threshing rigs.

The 13 Hp. return flue water front steam dome straw burner Phoenix bought new by Johnson Bros, in 1883 and now owned by Mr. Lang of Hector, Minnesota. This engine has the flywheel on the left side, is chain drive and cylinder in the rear Marsh Rivers Gear.

There were many 13 Hp. Phoenix return flue engines built but they had the flywheel on the right hand side, link reverse gear and had no steam dome and this one has a steam dome. All the spokes in the drive wheels and front wheels were crossed. Bull gear teeth on the inside.

Mr. Hageber's big success was his German language around here as so many people were German and from Germany at that time. All the Bohemains that were among the German could speak German.

Fraternally yours, Steam Engine Joe T. Rynda