Martin Lien

A 25 hp. Reeves cross compound pulling 10 breakers. Breaking the virgin sod of South Dakota in May, 1930. The man steering is Martin Lien, still living on a farm near here. The man on the plows was Blackie, the engineer, whereabouts unknown.


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I see in the ALBUM where they do some arguing as to whether Advance built a 22 hp. side mounted engine. They did build them for in 1907 I operated one. It was bought new in 1900, the cylinder set right by the smoke stack and it had the keenest, snappiest exhaust. On a load on a still day it could be heard for miles around and it was the snappiest engine I ever ran in a beltalso the easiest to fire. It had a short boiler and side mounted with 30 inch wide drivers and short coupled. It was no good in mud or slippery roads for you could not steer it. We used a team of horses to help steer it, but it sure had a bunch of power.

HARRY FISCHBACK, Kettlersville, Ohio


My special interest is steam launches. I have the pleasure of being Pilot, Engineer and Fireman on the Steamer Staurus (33 ft.) on Lake Winnipesauke, Laconia, N. H., on many a week-end during the boating season. There are five active small steamers on the lake.

ROBERT G. FUHR, 85-10 Chelsea Street, Jamaica Estates 32, N. Y.


I noticed in the last issue of the ALBUM, that you would pull out if I didn't provide more coal. So, I am enclosing a couple of lumps to keep the straw flying.

My dad, brother, and myself started attending threshing reunions in 1953. Our first one was Joe Rynda's Threshing Bee at New Prague, Minnesota. Since then dad and I have been to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa three times, to Pontiac, Illinois, once, and to Rollag, Minnesota twice. We enjoy going to the reunions, meeting and talking to the folks and making new friends. Dad started threshing in '82 by cutting bands and threshed until he retired from the farm in '43. He has owned and operated several machines in that time. I started threshing in 1917 by hauling grain from the machine, when I was 12 years old. I have hauled a lot of grain from steam rigs but never run one. I remember the joy in my childhood heart when the rig would pull onto our farm. The big black engine always fascinated me and I also enjoyed riding to and from on the tank wagon with the 'water monkey'. In later years I operated a gas outfit a Case, then later on I sold the separator and bought a combine. The thrill of threshing went with the old Case separator.

The ALBUM is a swell magazine, I wish it would come once a month and also would like to see more pictures of the early gas tractors.

Just heard the qutting whistle so will drop my fork and run for the cook shack.

OVID J. STEVENS, Barnard, South Dakota


Since I like the ALBUM so much I am sending money for two years. You see, I used to run steam engines and liked it very much. In 1915 I ran my Dad's center crank Case 36 hp. hauling a 32' New Racine thresher. In 1918 he got a 75 Case and that was some engine with oodles of power. I now have a 32' Case separator, Case silo filler, water tank and Case baler. My Dad's 75 Case was scrapped during the scrap drive in the last war so I am looking for an engine at this time. You see I live in a town which is the home of Case machinery.

H. F. PETERSON, 2042 Deane Blvd, Racine, Wisconsin


Jack Maple and wife, Rushville, Indiana, R. D. 1, spent the last week (Sept. 8th to 14th, 1957) at the Kentucky State Fair. Through arrangements with the J. I. Case distributor at Indianapolis, Indiana, the Case dealer at Louisville, Kentucky, displayed Jack's 60 hp. Case at their Case exhibit at the State Fair at Louisville. Our neighbors were highly elated to once again see an old traction engine and mostly to hear that old 'steam whistle.' Jack is a member of The Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana, Inc. The Club is always glad to show these old traction engines at any time.

JOHN J. MENCHHOFFER, Sec, 3520 W. 12th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana


Mr. Leo Huston, of 412 First Street, M. W., Watertown, South Dakota, about a year ago wrote us and asked this hard question: 'Do you think the steam fans would be interested in contributing a dollar each or so to buy a steam locomotive and have it in some central location. A good engine should cost $5,000 or less.

At first we hesitated to bring: this before the Hobbyists. Now we feel it would be fine if you would drop him a card or letter and give him your opinion Either way.



Mr. Earnest W. Burnett, 4715 Lowell, Salem, Oregon, sends us word that Mr. Rodney Pitts, R. D. 3, Box 47, Camby, Oregon is on the mend after a terrible accident. It is suggested that we send him a card. It will mean much to him. He has been in the hospital over three months.


While renewing my subscription, I want to tell you I realy appreciate the ALBUM. I operated threshing engines from 1916 until they went out of style. My father owned two outfits, Gaar Scott and Huber. I am enclosing a picture of an old James Leffell engine that I recently purchased. It is 6 hp. portable and I am unable to find any data on it. Maybe some of the old timers can tell me something about these engines. It was housed for years and in A-l condition. I also have 4 small stationary engines and one traction weighing about 40 pounds.

HERMAN SEMINOIR, Chief of Police, Walton, Kentucky


I was lucky enough last February to find and purchase an 18 hp. simple portable Case steam engine and an Ellis Keystone separator made at Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The separator is the hand feed type and wood construction. The engine needs repair as does the separator. I should like to hear from any one who knows any of the history of the separator. 1 had to pull the engine and separator for a mile with the Jeep through mud and snow then loaded the engine on my ton pickup and the separator on the flat orchard wagon behind and so got them down out of the hills where they had set in a fence corner for the last thirty years. I feel a bit more in the Steam Circle now.

EMERY A. WHITE, R. F. D. 1, Grand Junction, Colorado


I received the sample copy of the ALBUM. Thanks a lot. It took me back over the years. The picture of the old Jumbo traction engine brought back memories.

1 started early in life, 1906, when I was ten years old. My Dad owned a 36 hp. Case portable engine. We ran a saw mill with it. That was my first experience. The last was in 1921, a Case 65 hp. traction engine and a 36x60 separator and it was a nice outfit. All this in Montana. I also left a string of straw piles in Kansas and North Dakota. I went to France in 1918 with the old 20th Engineers Regiment, Forestry. I helped to run a saw mill 'Over There'. It was an Eclipse steam portable engine and an American sawmill.

I am still playing with steam a low pressure steam heating plant in a school building. A far cry from the old Iron Horse of earlier days.

D. H. FORREYSON, Whitsett, North Carolina


Mr. Laurence A. Griesemer, R. D 5, Box 277, Toledo 5, Ohio, sends us this interesting bit of news

The Farris Pickering Governor Co.. of Palisades Park, N. J., took over the Pickering Governor Co. They build governors from inch up. He thought that some of the Model Builders would be interested in this information. Thanks Laurence.


My main interest at present is to find an old steam traction drilling machine that was built in the early 1900's. Condition does not matter too much, as I would rebuild it from the bottom up. Loomis or Kepstone brand preferred.

So says Mr. Theo. Yoder, Linn Grove, Indiana. Can you find something for him to work on?


Mr. A. C. Pump of Imperial, Nebraska, wants to thank all who aided him in getting a bell for his church. They got one in South Dakota. Many wrote him about the matter.

He also makes a comment on Mr. Glessner's cartoon' After you have had to take a blow torch and thaw all of the pet cocks out on the old Avery every morning every winter so you could close them before carrying water to fill the radiator to shell corn, he would not need any hand holes.'