LOVER OF STEAM

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Route 1,Box 334, Palmyra, Indiana 57164.

I am still a lover of steam after growing up with it. As long as I can remember, for over fifty years, my grandfather operated steam engines.

My father started out threshing, filling silos, shredding corn and saw milling in winter. A few years later, he added an engine for grading county roads and heating tar for state road construction.

The engines that I was familiar with was a Frick 16 hp. that belonged to my grandfather. Then my father had a Keck-Gonnerman, 16 hp. and one that was 18 hp. with Gould valve and a 16 hp. Peerless.

Three years ago, I became the proud owner of a 22 hp. Keck-Gonnerman, No. 1720, built in 1923. It looks and runs like new. Also have a Keck-Gonnerman water wagon, 10 barrel capacity, 32-56 Huber separator, John Deere Binder all made in 1926 and a Rosenthal corn shredder built in 1942.

I am a member of the Pioneer Engine Club of Rushville, Indiana which I try to attend their shows every year and the Antique Steam and Gas Engine Club of Boonville, Indiana where I take old No. 1720 and the water wagon. This year we threshed 15 acres of wheat, operated a saw mill and two Baker fans. We had nice weather, a good show and large crowds.

I had a show here at home threshing with the Huber separator and a Ground hog thresher built in 1885. We had a wagon for the children to ride, pulled by two mules and we had 'rope-making.'