Stella Gorden

Here is a postal card picture of the last time I pulled in with the rig in Flaxton, North Dakota. This was in the fall of 1915, when I knocked out $30,000 worth of grain for Mr. Charlie Gad. Gad was a great farmer. He believed in plowing 8' deep.

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On top of the engine, Miss Stella Gorden-down on the ground, Engineer Emil A. Nelson, helper, Leo Dusteroff, Mrs. George Hinds, and owner of theseparator, Mr. Ole Swnnes. We pulled in with separator, cook car and 500 gal gas tank, and 3 or 4 wagons.

The cart frame is ' gas pipe. The wheels are from an old weed mower. The picture was taken at the 1959 Threshermens Reunion held at the Pontiac, Ill. 4-H Park (Livingston Co. 4-H Park). The little girl driver is the daughter of Mr. Ernie Cox of Lafayette, Indiana, a former steam engine thresherman. The horse and cart were also exhibited at the Steam Engine Threshing Show at the Springfield, Illinois State Fair.

Here is a picture of my No. 3 scale model of the 1915 Case Traction Engine which I now have under construction. It is just about finished. I made the pattern's myself and had the castings poured at the local foundry. I did all the machine work myself. It runs and drives good, has lots of power. Here are some of the specifications; Bore 2', Stroke 2 5/8' Boiler shell 7' inside diameter, 8 only l 1/8' seamless Steel flues, Rear wheels 18', Front wheels 12', Hydrostatic test of 220 lbs. Carries 100 lbs. steam pressure. It took me 4 winters to make the patterns and build the engine and it is a basement project.

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