Threshers have been operated by the Hollingsworth's of Barren Plains since the first ones were built. My grandfather, Sam Hollingsworth, and my father, lley Hollingsworth, operated Keck-Gonnerman thresher and engine until my grandfather's death in 1937. Then my father and I operated until 1948. I am only 40 years young, but I still believe this the only way to save a wheat crop.
The Hollingsworths mentioned own and farm about 1500 acres of land and have some 350 acres of wheat.
I thought I would make this contribution to your Album that I enjoy so very much. I have never sent in pictures before, but I have many of all type steam rigs, including railroad and railroad wrecks and threshing rigs.
Courtesy of Robert L. Johnson, The Steam Engine Museum, Route 1, Box 265A, Rossville, Georgia 30741. Smith and Porter portable engine, photographed at the Maddox Foundry in Archer, Florida before moving to the Steam Engine Museum, Rossville, Georgia. Notice the hand-worked appearance of the various parts of the engine. The lack of a crank disc, the long stroke, the case steam dome and fittings, the short-travel flat slide valve and other features of this engine seem to indicate that it was built between 1860-1870. There is no definite information available on it at present; though the owners of the engine at Florida felt that it was made before the Civil war.
Notice the front wheels lying un-ended in the background behind the engine.
Courtesy of Robert L. Johnson, The Steam Engine Museum, Route 1, Box 265A, Rossville, Georgia 30741. Very early Smith and Porter portable engine, built in Charleston, South Carolina, probably around 1860-1870. Found in a swamp in Mississippi or Louisiana in 1909 and brought to the Maddox Foundry in Archer, Florida, where it has been sitting outdoors to the present day. It was purchased early 1967 for restoration at the Steam Engine Museum; and to date the engine has been unfrozen and operated (under steam from another boiler) while the Smith & Porter's boiler is presently getting a set of flues. We believe this to be the only one of this make in existence, but would be very interested in having any information on it as all we know about its history is the name and city of manufacture given on the nameplate over the firebox door.