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Steam Engine

At the turn of the 20th Century Williams Grove, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, was the 'Wichita' of the East as far as the exhibition of Steam Engines and Threshers, as well as other farming equipment, was concerned.

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Case had her 'Hill Climbing' stunt and Huber had a stunt peculiar to Huber and Williams Grove. The Yellow Breeches Creek, quite sizeable, ran through the grounds. Huber would wade in the creek, water to the rear axle and then dare any other engine to follow. Huber was the only return flue boiler represented in the East - it worked!

At the Williams Grove Reunion in 1960, Mr. William King, R.D. 1, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, repeated the stunt and it was a huge success. We are glad to present this picture of Mr. King and the Huber Engine No. 11527 which left the factory October 7th, 1920.

Marcus Leonard of Salina, Kansas, fifth from left, a man who dedicated his productive years to threshing machine operating, then in the early 1900's, to selling machinery, was tendered profound esteem on his 89th birthday anniversary, April 23rd, by many of his long time friends.

A delegation of eleven men, representing five states, converged on the birthday celebrant's Salina home, to personally extend felicitations to Mr. Leonard.

Jokes were swapped - fantastic tales were spun - past history of threshing was retraced before the group at the noon hour adjourned to a Salina Restaurant to break bread together.

Back t the Leonard home, the afternoon was spent reminiscing and paying tribute to a man who had endeared himself to these eleven men.

Leonard, before the turn of the century, operated threshing machinery. Early in the 1900's he became a sales representative for threshing machinery, a position he held until the advent of combines which marked the demise to the threshing machines.

Mr. Leonard has since been retired, but his heart is still with the steam traction engine.

Mrs. Carroll Leonard and daughter, and Mrs. John Offutt were there also and served birthday cake and coffee in the afternoon. All had a very pleasant time.

- A. J. Goodban, York, Nebraska

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