STEAM THRESHING BEE STAGES OLD-TIME HARVEST
By EARL T. WORTHINGTON
R. D. 1, Box 618, Battle Creek, Michigan
For the third time in three years, I devoted my vacation time to an Old-time threshing project.
Part of the grain had been hauled into the barn and three wagon loads Stood in the barnyard on Saturday morning, July 28, waiting for the crew to appear and start the days activities
At 8 A. M., the 22 horse power Advance Rumely Steam Engine and Case separator swung into action and by three o'clock in the afternoon the newly separated wheat was in the granary. The threshing was started in the barnyard but after a tall stack of straw had been built up under the reconditioned Case separator's blower, the engine and separator were moved into an open field.
Lloyd Smith moved in his baler and kept the mounting straw pared down by baling it up as it came from his separator.
There were several old-time threshers on the scene, including Bert Chi-chester and son of Pine Creek, Michigan. Many people stopped by to enjoy watching and to take pictures.
Crew members consisted of: William, Kenneth, and Elton Burpee, bundle pitchers; Fred Stiles of Battle Creek, bundle pitcher; Tony Tungate, straw stacker and bundle pitcher: Lloyd Smith, grain handler; Harry North, separator man; Earl Worthington, engineer; Fred Brown, assistant engineer.
TO BUY SOME COAL
I am sending a check for $2.00 to buy some coal to keep up the steam for another year. I get great pleasure from reading the ALBUM. It is getting better every issue. Some of the old timers get their machinery mixed up quite a little sometimes, but that's all right. We are not buying or selling so let them write what the can remember.
SIMON ECKHOFF, Meservey, Iowa
FROM E. P. NELSON-
To say 'I enjoy the ALBUM' is putting it mildly. Especially do I enjoy the letters from those old thresher-men as I have put in most of my better years as a thresherman and still belong to the Antique Threshers here at Bird City and Wichita. I have two engines that I have restored to al-most normal health, one a 21hp. Advance No. 13218, the other a Case 15-45 No. 23937. I will send you a picture of the Case and myself standing by it. I ;:till love to play with it. I started to thresh in early years and in 1907 my brother and I bought a 30 TC Minnesota engine and a 36x56 Minneapolis separator. We only used the separator three years then traded it on a Rumley Ideal. The last outfit I owned was a Case 65 and 36x56 separator and sold it in 1934. I have owned a couple small gas outfits since then but never got very excited about them. I had always been on the engine so never learned too much about separator, except to help repair them. At present I have a Twin City separator.
Just read a little article in the ALBUM that amused me. It was the white mule braying when the water whistle was blown. We were threshing one day south of Bladen, Nebraska and we had a brown mare and a mule hitched to the water wagon. The water boy had just put the siphon hose on and I was starting the injector hose in the tank when for some unknown reason the water tank team took off. The water boy took after them with no success so I yelled for him to let them go and they were soon to the northeast corner of r fenced field. I could see them turning so I blew the whistle for water and the team came right back to the engine and not a man on the job knew it was the fence that turned them all thought it was the water whistle that brought them back and you can be sure I never told them. If I were good at writing letters, I could send you many exciting experiences, but for now I will wish the ALBUM and all its staff the best of everything and keep up the good work.
E. P. NELSON, Box 237, Bird City, Kansas
THE ALBUM REALLY IS 'IT'
Well friends, the ALBUM really is 'IT'. You know I have wanted something like it for 20 years. When I saw the write up about Charley Harrison in Popular Science and wrote him, that was my good move for 1951 as now I look forward to the ALBUM.
We were at one time in Glenburn, North Dakota section, the busiest place in North Dakota, I believe. I have stood on my engine in early morning and counted 21 smokes beside mine. The largest rig I ever saw was owned by H. H. Merion of Glen-burn. A Double tandem Gaar Scott 40 and a G. S. 44-72 separator. Fourteen teams, wing feeder, 3 spike pitchers and in all about 23 or 24 men all the time. Have been at machine running all my life, fifteen seasons moving dirt, 5 years machine operator for city of Minot. Am 54 years old, 240 lbs., 5' 11' and busy every day. I put in one fall on a 25 cross compound Reeves pulling a 30-60 Case separator. One fall on 30 double Minneapolis and part of another but had to leave to repair the Aultman Taylor 30-60 you see torn down in photo 859. Put in 38 1/2 days on same after leaving a steamer pulling a 36-60 Illinois separator. The large picture (me standing in wheel) is a 30-60 A. T. also a 36-60 A. T, thresher. Taken in Plaze, North Dakota, 1921, Otto Benzston, owner. I believe I marked on back in case you want more information just write me. The Westinghouse is owned by Lee Carter, Gobies, Michigan. If you print this please mail him a copy and I am sure he will subscribe.
Can some readers tell me where I can get a few copies of American Thresherman and Threshermen's Review? I have no catalogs and lost a few of my good pictures in a fire where they were stored.
My father L. W. Myers, came to North Dakota in the fall of 1901 and filed on a claim. He came up from Gobies, Michigan to run a return flue Minneapolis, he had previously owned an 18hp. Advance. Lee Carter and my dad threshed together when young.
I would like so much to get to Pontiac to meet some of you people but guess I will have to be content to just read about it. Am more than pleased with the ALBUM and wish it came every month. So good luck to all and keep the crown sheet covered, don't nozzle it too tight on straw at least. Give it plenty of oil and the old boy will do the rest.
HOBART MYERS, Box 55, Surrey, North Dakota