Townsend Tractor

Townsend Tractor owned by Henry Matz & Son, Walters, Minnesota, as described in his letter.

Henry Matz & Son

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I just finished reading the ALBUM this morning. I for one certainly disagree with LeRoy Blaker. He said the Marsh is slow moving. The valve travels 2 inches while the Case valve travels 2 inches. He also said the exhaust release is slow, resulting in a dragged-out sound. Seems to me as if he has never heard an Advance or Advance Rumely exhaust under load.

Mr. Blaker compared a traction engine with a locomotive. I see no point in having a 'hook up' on a traction engine. The governor was installed to control the speed. Who ever saw a governor on a locomotive? I do agree with him that a choked nozzle smothers the exhaust sound.

I believe he must have put his Case beside a sick Advance Rumely plowing. If I recall correctly the Case Company set their 22-65 engines to carry 160 lbs. pressure. Anyone that carries more pressure than the company recommends should have their head examined.

I cannot see how a valve seat on any engine with a hook up will wear even. There is one other thing I wonder about, how long LeRoy can keep his water up and a full head of steam with a Case under a full load?

I believe I have read LeRoy is a personal friend of yours, Mr Ritzman, but it makes me angry to have someone run down what I personally think is one of the best valve gears put on an engine.

I am sure you will not publish this, but since my pop valve has reseated itself, I have a picture of a 20-65 Jumbo engine No. 2280, that I worked on for a year. i showed it this year at the Missouri Antique Threshers & Settlers Show. The stack, high drive wheels, head tank and clutch amazed the spectators most.

EDWARD HUTSEL, 1124 Adams Street, R. D. 5, Mexico, Missouri


CLAIR H. DUNHAM, St. Clair, Michigan

In your March-April issue of 1939 is the picture of a Case on a 'Dutch Oven'. On page 19 Mr. Reed relates his experience in saw mill firing a 30 Case.

I should like to state that he should have been at Jim Whitby's shows in 1956, '58 and the little Case 30 (old 9 hp.) run a big saw on the mill there and hold 150 psi and pop off. It made her snort but she did it to the amusement of hundreds of spectators every time it was belted up. They fired with slabs that were buzzed up by a rig near by. Much larger engines were also worked on the mill.

Mr. Reed must have had poor fuel and could not keep up the fog, as thousands of engines all over the country burn the mill slabs and edgings.

I worked on a mill in Oregon in 1920 that had a set of bricked in boilers and the saw dust was blown in and it practically burned in suspension. These boilers furnished steam for 125 hp. engine that run the main saw and other engines for machinery around the mill.


I had to write of the engine on page 19 in the May-June issue, Lady, you have the caboose ahead of the tender. The name of that engine was Sawyer-Massey, in fact was first, L. D. Sawyer. Dad had a 17 compound and the snap I sent you was Swayer-Massey 20hp. They were a good engine. Am feeling fine, no complaints, no use, they are not listening to me anyway.

Regards to all, I sure get a kick out of reading the ALBUM and also Engines and Engineers. Regards to Rev. Elmer, Friend Hubby and the rest.

FRED McPHAIL, Westminster Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada


I enjoy your magazine so much. I am enclosing a print picture of my Townsend tractor as we pulled home from a threshing in 1938. My son, Herbert, ran the tractor. We had a 28 inch Case separator and did a large amount of threshing those years on shock routes. Later on everybody went into combining, so I sold the old outfit, but I wish I still had it as I liked the old time threshing. I am 75 years old and still farming, and enjoy old-time threshing with steam engines.

In 1893 my father owned a horse power threshing machine. I remember cutting bands on a hand feeding machine. Well, that is something out of date altogether. Then 10 years later I ran a steam engine for our neighbor. I have two sons and one daughter, all active in farming.

HENRY MATZ & SON, Walters, Minnesota


The following is part of a letter we received as a response to the article on Mr. O. S. Kelly and the O. S. Kelly Engine and Thresher Company which appeared in the March-April issue of the ALBUM. It is so interesting and informative that we reproduce it here to add to the article Elmer

The writer and his son are the owners of the O. S. Kelly Company, manufacturers of piano plates since 1890. Mrs. Ultes is the daughter of O. Warren Kelly, deceased, the granddaughter of Oliver S. Kelly and Mr. Fassler, both of whom were associated with William Whitely (1851) in the manufacture of Harvesting Machines and Mowers, as Whitely, Fassler and Kelly. I am a son-in-law of Oliver Warren Kelly, one of the inventors, along with A. C. Grant, of the hard tire and wire core, also of the Kelly-Springfield tire.

The Kelly's were also owners of the Rinehart, Ballard & Co., and afterwards the Springfield Engine & Thresher Company.

My son, Carl Ultes, Junior, the 4th generation, is now successfully the O. S. Kelly Company here in Springfield, Ohio, at present making a majority of the piano plates used in the United States.

MR. CARL ULTES, SR., 16 Dover Road, Springfield, Ohio


Thanks for your article and picture of Meinard Rumely. Grandfather would be proud of your continuing recognition. In the article, mention is made, that he died about a year short of his 50th wedding anniversary. It might be of interest to note that last survivor of his children, A. J. Rumely, age 83, still living in LaPorte at 1410 Indiana Avenue, will celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary on June 9th of this year.

We wrote Mr. Rumely for some information and in replying he added 1 have been to the Reunion at Pontiac twice and at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa once. Both shows were very interesting and I have a nice collection of 35mm color slides from them. I particularly liked the Pontiac Show because Elmer Gould of Elburn, Illinois was there with his engine, the last one built by the Illinois Thresher Co. Illinois Thresher was my father's (W. N. Rumely) last effort in this type of enterprise.

RICHARD L. RUMELY, 212 No. Garfield Street, Lombard, Illinois


I have never owned an engine but I spent many days riding with the road working engines when I was a boy. I have never given up the desire to own one. I operate a saw mill at the present time with gasoline power. I am hoping that sometime I might feel able to buy a steam engine for it.

I bought a threshing machine this summer and threshed 800bu. of oats for myself.

I also have a 10 horse sweep power which I intend to put in working order this winter. My uncle threshed 21 years with it.

I saw a 4 horse sweep power at Kinzers Show this year. They told me they never saw a 10 horse machine.

(The 4 horse sweep power you saw at Kinzers is really an 8 horse power but they just had four horses on it. Each arm accommodates two horses. Your ten horse power has five arms or sweeps.-Elmer)

SEWART BERRY, Burdett, New York