S47 W22300 Lawnsdale Road Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186
The colorful fall photo on this month's cover was taken October 12, 1991, by Gen Ebert. It shows 'Big Al' Nettesheim's 1921 60 HP double cylinder Frick, engine #22315, being hauled by Joe Rodriquez of Rodriquez Construction Corporation, Waukesha, Wisconsin.
We had just finished our second day of threshing on the old George Chapman Farm, Town of Pewaukee, Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The original home, seen in the background, was built in 1857 and is of limestone from a local quarry that is still in operation today.
Merlin Smart has been holding annual steam threshing bees on this farm for the last quarter century. He has powered his 1914 wooden 36 inch Red River Special separator with the following array of steamers: 18 HP Advance Rumely owned by August Kudick; 22 HP Advance owned by the late Herb Moehrke; 65 Case owned by the late Willard Griswold; 22 HP Keck-Gonnerman owned by Reiner Nettesheim; 21 HP Baker then owned by Kathy (Seyfert) Nettesheim, and the 60 HP Frick on the cover. In 1991 Merlin bought a 24 inch Bell City separator which we belted to my 1907 9 HP Case engine #18630, so we had two complete rigs operating simultaneouslyone threshing winter wheat and the other oats. At one point a 'Good Samaritan,' out of sight on nearby 1-94, called the fire department. Apparently our smoke was a most impressive plume that could be seen for several miles. Quite a crowd gathered. Some worked and some just watched, but one thing for sure, everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the day and looked forward to another year which will surely bring another threshing bee to Merlin Smart's farm in the town of Pewaukee, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
Big Al Nettesheim's 1921 60 HP double cylinder Frick departing from the old George Chapman Farm in the Town of Pewaukee, Wisconsin.