Early Plowing Photos

Reeves steam engines

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114 North Washington Street Hobart, Indiana 46342

These pictures were taken on Charles Chester's farm one-half mile east of Highway 51 and 10 miles south of Lake Michigan, in Lake County, northwest Indiana.

The engine was run by two men, Mr. Chester and my uncle, Delbert Young, a very young man who farmed with my grandfather George Young, also using Reeves steam engines. These pictures were taken right at the turn of the century. The crew also had a third man to haul water for the engine; he was known as the water boy.

Mr. Chester along with his three sons had a large herd of dairy cattle, as did my grandfather, all done by hand, no milking machines.