35 hp engine

35 hp double Buffalo-Pitts owned by Anderson Bros., near Christine, South Dakota. It was new in 1905. See Mr. Rarnig's letter.

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Rathsay, Minnesota

IM SORRY I FORGOT TO to send my renewal. It certainly was not intentional. I think the ALBUM is interesting and I like it very much.

I am not an old timer in steam power. I am 23 years old. That does not dampen my interest in the least. I own one steam rig which is a Case 25-75 and a 36-60 Russel separator. I have had the engine for about 3 years and have fixed it up fairly good. I had lots of work to do on it as the water tank, platform, and coal bunkers were entirely gone. So I had to build new ones and that is a big job on the Case, as you know. Especially the contractors style. After an awful lot of work I finally got it good enough so we could use it at a Reunion last Fall (1957).

It was one of the 11 engines at the West Central Steam Threshers Reunion at Dalton, Minesota. This Reunion has enjoyed four years of continuous growth and this year had a much larger attendance than any previous year. We hope to make it better next year and I think it will be as we will have a few more engines. One is already hauled in, 30 hp. double simple M. Rumely. This is a big engine. It weighs 19 tons and that is without side tanks and platform. This should make a dandy engine for the 10-bottom plow that they use every year at the Reunion.

We also have a big Reunion at Rollag. It gets bigger and better every year. They had 11 steam engines and a bunch of old gas tractors. One of the highlights of the Reunion there was the scale model Oil Pull tractor built by Elmer Larson. It is really exact and is a wonderful piece of workmanship. Also the scale of a 28 inch Case steel thresher built by N. B. Nelson, which is about as exact as it can be and threshes grain like nobody's business.

I had one interesting experience last Fall besides the two Reunions. This was taking part in the threshing operation on the Anderson farm near Christine, North Dakota, where they still thresh from stacks and use a 35 hp. double Buffalo Pitts which was new in 1905 and has threshed every year since with the exception of one. They also did some breaking. This engine is fired with straw just like the old days. They have a 40-64 wood frame Northwest separator which has a geared blower and a short canvas feeder.

This was a very interesting experience to me, although I was there only a short half day. It is the first time I really helped with some old time steam threshing. It is quite different here than at the Reunions. This is what you can say is the real 'McCoy'. Especially after you eat a big supper of good home cooked food by lamp light.