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1953 Steam Engine Day

Hardy Lindblad' sportable Saw Millen the move at Gilmer Johnson's 1953 Steam Engine Day. Photo courtesy of T. H. Smith

T. H. Smith

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RUSSELL COMBINATION HAULING ENGINE AND ROAD ROLLER NO. 16024 WITH UNIVERSAL BOILER. CYLINDER IS AN 8X10.

Mr. Clarence Round's Advance Rumely at the Farm-Home Show, Lock-port, N. Y., 1954. Clarence is handling the throttle and his father, George Round, 80 years old, is doing the steering. There was a thrilling incident at this show. They had a 'load' for the tractors to try to pull. No one was able to move the 'load' and Mr. Round made the statement that when all tractors were through his steamer would pull the 'load' around the lot. That is what is happening here. Not only did he pull the 'load' but invited all to get on who could. He did. 'Gib' Enders would say if the 'load' was loose at both ends that engine would pull it.

Mr. Ira Nelson of Niagara Falls, N. Y., sends us this picture with this comment: 'I have never seen a Canadian made engine or thresher in your Magazine so I am sending you one. This was my father's outfit and was taken about 1917. The engine is a 17 hp. Sawyer-Massey and the separator is a 28x44, same make and made in Hamilton, Ontario. My father, Richard Nelson, is standing with his back to the camera. He never took his eyes off the feeder. The man on the engine is my brother, Leland. Takenin Smithville, Ontario.'

(Evidently Mr. Nelson has not been a reader of the ALBUM very long as most of you know we have had a history of every Canadian make well written and illustrated by Mr. Turner of Goderich.)

Threshing on the old Anderson farm, 1952, near Christine, North Dakota, where grain has been stacked and threshed every year with steam power since the former owner of this farm came to this country from Sweden in 1879. It is now owned by his three sons. The lower is a close up of that Buffalo Pitts double engine new in 1905 and it is fired with straw. The separator is a Northwest 40x64.

J. Howard Smith of Dilworth, Minn., threshing with his 20 hp. Nichols & Shepard engine and a 30x46 Aultman & Taylor thresher. Mr. Smith says, 'This is the heart of the great Red River Valley and I am only a few miles from Fargo, North Dakota, which is one of the great machinery centers of our country.

'I can well remember when most of the town was composed of one threshing machine company after another and hundreds of steam engines were seen everywhere. Not only for threshing but plowing, road building, house moving and heavy hauling.

'There are still a few good steam engines throughout the country & most of them steamed up a couple days a, year to thresh or saw mill. They still draw a crowd of people to see good old steam power used.'

N. B. Nelson presents his three Model Tractions- Case 65 hp., Advance 22 hp., and Huber 20 hp. Each weigh about one thousand pounds. Nelson says they speak the same language except the Advance is a little louder. He keeps all three in the show room of his Implement building. They certainly attract as much attention as the new machinery. Nice Work. Mr. Nelson lives at Rollag, (post office at Hawley), Minnesota.

Raymond Laizure of Cadiz, Ohio, and his 16 hp. Russell No. 19918. Notice Rover! Back of front wheel. A dog that is really thrilled whenever steam is up. He runs a bout and has a great time.

In the Sept.-Oct., issue Gordon Lee wrote about the Gaar-Scott and Port Huron of that class saying that these two companies were the only ones to build such engines. J. F. Percival of Spokane, Washington, wrote of J. M. Andersons of Fullerton, North Dakota, owning a Minneapolis 45 hp Double Tandem Compound. These are 1911 models. Mr. Trego thought that some of you would like to know what the three tandem double compounds looked like.

Mr. Trego would like to hear from the man he met at Mt. Pleasant and showed him the picture of his fathers 1902 18hp. Peerless threshing in Iowa.

Mr. Harvey Davis, 'Lullaby Pines', Hubbard Lake, Mich., sends us this picture and says, 'This shows the Port Huron soon after it came off the lowboy trailer following 225 mile trip from a spot near Port Huron, Mich., where it was built. I was removing the old cab when my life-partner of more than 40 years came out to study the 'Monster' as she calls it. I call it 'Old Smokey' and my T.T.T. (Ten Ton Toy). My 27-year-old boy calls it a 'Displaced Locomotive!' (We are sorry the picture is so dark. Mr. Davis sent us a picture of his home but it was so dark that we could not use it. Ed.)

Frick Traction Drive Saw Mill of about 1910. We thought you would be interested in this type of Mill Feed.

A sample Frick. engine at Columbus, Ohio in 1901. Frick hit on a very practical design from the beginning and it lasted with very few changes as long as traction engines were built.