A Twisted Road Leads to Northwest Thresher Mfg. Co.
Opposite page: This 1913 photo shows a 30 HP Northwest steam traction engine. This is part of August Berg’s threshing rig working near Fort Ransom, N.D. (Photo from the Richard Birklid Collection.)
The Fargo branch of Northwest Thresher Mfg. Co. used stationery to give a receipt for the purchase of an engine in 1903.
Right: Little is known about this early threshing scene, using a New Giant steam traction engine. Note the large flywheel, which many of the Minnesota Threshing Machine Co. machines had.
Above: A Washington automatic bagger was one of the perks in buying some of the Northwest separators manufactured by Minnesota Thresher Mfg. Co. of Stillwater, Minn.
Left: The Stillwater boiler, shown in an opened view and a lengthwise view, was claimed to be extremely safe because of the arch of the boiler. With hundreds of boilers out working, there had not been a single report of an accident.
This trio of farm workers standing beside their Northwest Thresher Mfg. Co. engine with water hoses wound around their necks seem to be having a fun time during a rare break from the hard work of the day.
The caption under this photo identified it as a 51 HP Northwest double-cylinder, cross-compound engine hauling 10 traction engines and one separator from the Northwest Thresher Mfg. Co. factory in the background, perhaps to the railroad for shipping.