Shepard engine

Harry G. Yates, 29-70 double cylinder Nichols and Shepard engine and 36x56 N & S Thresher with Garden City wing feeder, backing into the shed after a hard season's work. It was the year 1922. Taken at Madelia, Minnesota, where he was born and did all his

Harry G. Yates

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Here is a thoughtful lady. She is interested in her husband, his welfare and pleasure. Let's follow her suggestion!  AUNT LENE

Dear Editor;

My husband has taken the ALBUM for many years. He's a great steam engine fan. In fact he has grown up with them, his Dad always had an engine and separator and a saw mill, that was his living.

When my husband grew up he took up where his Dad left off. He has owned several steam engines, a threshing outfit and I don't know how many saw mill. He is sick now from a heart attack in 1955 and is indoors most of the time.

I'd like for anyone who wants to, to write him letters and tell him of your experiences and if you have any pictures of any of your machinery and can spare one he would enjoy that very much. Let's see how many nice letters he will get. Write to

MR. HENRY LONG, R. D. 1, Faucett, Missouri, Sincerely, MRS. HENRY (Alice) LONG, R. D. 1, Faucett, Missouri


I see the steam is going down and I don't want the machinery to stop so here comes my bit to keep things running so I won't miss a copy of the best little magazine ever put out since the days of the old American Thresherman, of which I was a subscriber in the days gone by when I was engaged in separating the golden grain from the chaff. I get more pleasure out of it than any two dollars I ever spent for amusement.

The letters from the old timers and the pictures of the old engines are the only connections I have with the good old threshing days of the long ago. I spent 15 golden years at a throttle then had to give way to the small gas rigs and combines and forced to watch the good old steamers rust away in fence corners. I have not stood on the deck of one since I threw the last scoop of coal and closed the throttle for the last time back in 1925. The little ALBUM brings back all the fond memories of those wonderful golden days.

As I read the many letters from every part of the nation and Canada I find that threshing was the same in every part, hot, sweaty and dirty days but we all loved every one of them.

Hoping you enjoy good steaming during the coming summer.

HARRY G. YATES, 3775 Herman Avenue, San Diego 4, California


We just cannot afford to be without the ALBUM, each issue is more interesting than the last one.

Last Sunday we were at Budenaki Bros., at West Concord, Minnesota. We saw nine steam engines all steaming at once, too. Friend Geo. Bednar, went with us. It was just a perfect day and a wonderful crowd.

Thanks so much for such good reading and splendid pictures.

MR. and MRS. M. TAYLOR, Anoka, Minnesota


I attended the Reunion at Pontiac, Illinois. Quite large crowd and a very large display of engines. One of my pets was on display, namely, the 19hp. Port Huron Compound.

I was one of the youngest men there who run an engine in a regular threshing ring. I was 15 years of age, the run was the summer and fall of 1921.

Here is one to remember: The abbreviation of the New York Central Railroad C.C.C. & St. L. R. R. meaning Cleveland Cincinnati Chicago & St. Louis Railroad. By phrasing the above initials we have

'Can't Cutter Cockie, Steam's too Low; Rah Rah'.

JOHN STEPHEN, (Locomotive Engineer, Penna. R.R.), Terre Haute, Indiana


I started threshing in 1912 and stayed until the combines got too thick in 1940. My son, Harvey, and I are collectors of steam engines. To date wo have 18 steam engines and 4 Rumely Oil Pulls. We had our fourth threshing Bee August 25th, 1957. Between 6 and 7 thousand people were at the show.

ALBERT G. MIKKELSON, R. D. 5, Box 25, Woodburn, Oregon