Past and Present: Letters about traction engines and threshers
A 40 HP Case steam road roller takes a break during its showing at the 2006 Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Sept. 1-4, 2006. An article about Case steam rollers inspired readers to share their knowledge about the company's steam rollers.
Shepherd Photo #1: A Stevens 16 HP steam engine and an Ottumwa Iron Works sawmill, built in 1885, can be seen in this 1914 photo. It was taken north of Ashgrove, Iowa.
Shepherd Photo #2: A Stevens 16 HP engine with a Case separator on Harve Roberts’ farm near Ashgrove, Iowa, in 1907. Pictured, from left, are W.C. Shepherd, Burt Albright and Ray Shepherd.
A Case 35 HP steam road roller at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. This road roller is owned by the Duane Coonrod family, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. An article about Case steam rollers in the Winter 2007 Steam Traction issue inspired a pair of readers to share their knowledge of the company's steam rollers.
Shepherd Photo #4 : John Sheperd operating his 5/8-scale Wood Bros. engine.
Shepherd Photo #5 : John Shepherd running his scale model Woods Bros. engine on steam for the first time in 2005.
Shepherd Photo #3: A circa 1918 22 HP Wood Bros. engine, no. 426, once owned by John Shepherd, but now owned by Tom Nichols, Eldon, Iowa.
Shepherd Photo #6: From left: Gathering around the scale model Wood Bros. steam engine are Chris Jowett, Tom Nichols and Mike Parker. Tom was making adjustments to the engine.
Cole Photo #1: A photo submitted by Bill Johsnon and printed in the 1952 November/December issue of Iron-Men Album. On the engine are Bill and Wally Wilkins. The engine is a 20 Hp Waterloo owned by Louis Holt. This photo was accidentally placed within the article by W.F. Steuck, "A Day in my Days," on the Steam Traction archives at www.SteamTraction.com. All aside, look at those rubber tires on the front of this engine!
Norbeck Photo #2: Children enjoy Jack Norbeck's traveling exhibit at the Roanoke County Library, Roanoke, Va., May 2006. Norbeck compiles information on the history of steam to display in his exhibits.
Norbeck Photo #1: A view of Jack Norbeck's traveling exhibit on the history of steam at the Roanoke County Library, Roanoke, Va., May 2006.
Babcock Photo #1: From left: Lynn Mix, Harry Woodmansee, an unidentified man (now identified as Ken Crawley) and John Southard at the steam show at Milton, Ontario, Canada, in 1971.
Harris Photo #2: Ron Harris is looking to identify this steam engine. (Editor’s note: The engine is a Port Huron, but we don’t know what size.)
Harris Photo #1: Ron Harris is looking to identify this steam engine. He’s particularly interested in the mechanism on the front of the engine, which he says appears to be a circular saw.
Benton Photo #1: Thomas Hart Benton's Threshing Wheat, circa 1938-39, egg tempera and oil paint. It is on display at the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terra Haute, Ind.