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On The Farm 50 Years Ago

Down on the farm about half past four I slip on my pants and sneak out the door out of the yard I run like the dickens to milk ten cows and feed the chickens; clean out the barn, 'curry' Nancy and Jiggs, separate the cream and slop the pigs; work two hours and eat like a Turk and then by heck I'm ready for a full days work.

Then I grease the wagon and put on the rack, Throw a jug of water in an oldgrain sack, Hitch up the horses and hurry down the lane- Must get the hay in for it looks like rain. Look over yonder, sure as I'm born, Cattle on the rampage and cattle in the corn, Start across the medder, run a mile or two, Heaving like I'm wind broke, get wet all through.

Get back to the horses then for recompence Nancy gets a-straddle the barbed wire fence; Joints all a-aching and muscles in a jerk I'm fit as a fiddle for a full days work. Work all summer 'till winter is nigh then figure up the books and heave a big sigh; Worked all year, didn't make a cent, got less cash now that I had last spring.

Now some people tell us there ain't any hell but they never farmed and they can't tell. When spring rolls around I take another chance while the fringe grows longer on my old gray pants- give my spenders a hitch, my belt another jerk- and then by heck I'm ready for another years work.

-Author, HARRY FISCHBACK, Kettlersville, Ohio.


Can't tell you how much I enjoy the ALBUM. I grew up with a little steam engine, an 8 hp. upright engine and boiler with homemade traction made from bull wheels of a binder for the drivers. It was surprising what that little thing could pull and my father was very proud of it.

So you see I was initiated to cylinder oil at birth, one might say.

Ten years ago I bought a 12 hp. Russell and have lots of fun with it also using it to sterilize soil for the greenhouse. Many people stop by to see it and watch it run. We are in the process of giving it a coat of paint.

Our thanks to you for keeping the steam enthusiasm alive.



I am a reader of our wonderful magazine and always try to find time to look it over as soon as I receive it. Pictures first, then the correspondence.

The picture on page 15 of the old Hamilton engine attracted my attention at once, as, when a boy my father, the late Lewis Hinson, was engineer in 1898 on a 10 hp. This engine came into my possession in 1914 and I used it for some time filling silo, drilling wells, and pumping water for a brick yard. You say you don't know the make of the separator. Well, Elmer,! You do not know your separators. Look again and you will see that the separator is a J. I. Case Agitator of about the time of the photo. There was one like it here in Jersey County, Illinois, which I have seen in operation before the turn of the century. Notice the jumping elevator and the pitman that operates it from the crank on the agitator pulley?

If you have room for this script and care to print same, very well, as it may help others who do not know. Will say the engine I had was a later model-had a fly wheel, a belt pulley on the right side, no jack shaft, and all iron wheels. This model engine was the iron horse-a good powerful engine-7'xl2' cyl., 125 lb. pressure.

HARRY W. HINSON, Grafton, Illinois, P. S. Separator was made about 1880.


Enclosed find my check for one year. To let it expire is like running out of groceries. You soon get lonesome to read all about the IRON-MEN. I am 71 years old. Started with a threshing machine when I was eight years old on a 10 hp. Gaar Scott horse puller. Used a tub and barrell for a water tank and fired with wood. That's when you could set the old Victor clover huller afire with the old drive belt. We put the huller in the barn at night on account of getting a rain. We had no canvas and my father and I slept in the barn in case a fire might start up from the chaff inside of the huller.

MELVIN GOOD, 127 E. Fremont Street, Fostoria, Ohio


I just finished reading this months issue of IRON-MEN and I do think it's about time I started buying my own so here's a check for $4.00 for a 2-year subscription.

Frank Lange, one of your subscribers, has been bringing his copy to the office and I've been enjoying them so much I feel I should have my own copies to keep on file.

I am a model steam engine builder of some sorts myself-have about 20 odd engines to my credit ranging from ?' bore ? stroke to 3' bore 4?' stroke-all stationary type engines, some of which I built and some that I acquired by purchase, trade or outright gift.

At present Lange and I are building a couple of 1' scale 65 horse Case tractors and thanks to Chas. Cole and his excellent castings, we're coming along very well.

Some day I hope to own a full sized Case or its equivalent however, at the present time I have no place to keep one. Couldn't you just see the look on my wife's face if I drove one of those 20-ton monsters into our 50 foot back yard.

Enough of that, you have a magazine to print so I won't keep you from it any longer.

Will be anxiously awaiting the next issue of the IRON-MEN.

M. A. HALL, 4541 Saratoga Avenue, Downers Grove, Illinois


We enjoy your magazine very much, and were very glad to see the addition of a tractor page, for those of us who like the old machines.

All the men in our family are members of 'The Michigan Live Steam Club,' which is a group of mighty fine folks dedicated to keep the fine old traditions, and the grand machines which helped to advance our Nation to world leadership. At our Steam Rodeo, held in June each year, are gathered some of the best kept, best looking steam engines and old time tractors, and models, most anything that's old, in the line of machinery used in agriculture of yesteryears.

In our family we have several of those old time Oil Pull kerosene burning tractors of various sizes, and models, all in tip-top shape.

Well, I must shut the throttle for this time and hope to see you all at our Rodeo in June, when we 'blow our stack' for 1956, and the lonesome whistle of the departed but not forgotten Age of Steam for threshing.

LLOYD BRONSON, Otsego, Michigan father of your subscriber, George E. Bronson


Am sending a picture with my renewal; a picture of a 25 hp. Tandem Compound Mogul taken from a 1901 Aultman catalog. B. B. Brown said in Jan.-Feb. ALBUM, 'The Mogul had the cylinder on the front end.' Some did but here is the picture with cylinder on the rear end.

This, writing about the Advance 20 and 22 hp. engines-Advance had an agency in Wichita, Kansas, in the nineties. We lived 25 miles from there and got catalogs of Advance for years. The first 22 hp. Advance side mount was pictured in the 1900 catalog. The first one I saw was in 1901. The first Advance 20 hp. was built in 1903 and was in the catalog for that year. They had one on the floor at Wichita, Kansas, in 1904.

My father got into the threshing business in 1891 and I have been around engines since a small boy. [ can also prove the years the two engines were first built by Lucis Sweet and Marcus Leonard. Marcus was selling Advance machinery in Kansas in 1903.

HARRY TREGO, Halstead, Kansas


We frequently see in the ALBUM the words, 'The operator was at the controls'. But this is modern language applying to gas tractors, bulldozers, etc., etc. It has no place in a Steam Hobby. In the sixty-odd years that I have been around steam, professionally and as a hobby,-traction engines, locomotives, steam launches and ocean steamships, etc., among steam men it has always been 'THE ENGINEER was at the THROTTLE'. Let's keep it that way when we are speaking of Steam, and save the other form of expression for the gas-tractor page.

LAURENCE J. HATHAWAY, 'Creekside' Easton, Maryland