HERE IN RED RIVER VALLEY

Buffalo-Pitts 35 hp double straw burner

Buffalo-Pitts 35 hp double straw burner.

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Rothsay, Minnesota

Through Norman Nelson of Rollag, Minn., I learned about the ALBUM. I have been a reader for sometime and enjoy it very much.

I am sending you some pictures of an old steam threshing rig still in operation here in the Red River Valley. These pictures were taken on October 7, 1953. This threshing rig is owned by Carl and Joe Anderson of Christine, North Dakota.

They stack their grain and then in the late Fall they will choose some nice day and do their threshing. In the late Fall when plowing and other work is done, help is more plentiful.

Because I have threshed for 46 seasons I was interested in seeing this outfit at work. We drove out 30 miles on their Threshing Day. It was interesting and time well spent.

This is a Buffalo Pitts double 35hp. straw burner and has been out since the year 1905.

You will notice in the picture this engine has a double straw chute or two straw chutes side by side.

The man with the straw fork pushing the straw into the chute is Danny Roan of Hickson, North Dakota. He is a collector of steam engines. He has several, mostly large engines.

This separator is a Northwest 40x64 wood frame. It has the perfection Dakota style weigher and wagon loader in common use 40 years ago. It also has the old style bevel gear type blower. This separator has been out since 1908 and was built at Stillwater, Minn., by the Northwest Thresher Company, which has been out of business about 40 years.

This separator has been well housed and the wood frame is sound. It still has the original paint with the lettering and numbers showing plain.

I would like to see these pictures in the ALBUM as it will remind the readers of the years gone by when the big steam rig was the King of the fields.