We know nothing about the picture except that it is a retouched photo. It is a true to life scene in the early threshing days. That is just the kind of an old log barn we had at home. I am sure you will look at it long and often. Fact is, I never tire of it. Elmer.
Mr. Miller says, ' I am expecting to have partially restored an up and down saw mill starting from a 100 year old crank and spline casting. Shown in the picture. The only part I could find at the site of its installation in 1865. This mill furnished lumber for the homes of homesteaders in a section of Washington Territory. A log was fitted in the spline and an overshot water wheel was on the other end of the log. The crank operated the saw. The first known installation was in 1865, Washington Territory.
This rig was operated in 1914 at Estivan, Sask., and I believe that owners are Willette Bros. The engineer standing on the platform is Lewis Ponton, now residing at Riverside, Washington. The engine is a 25 hp. Double Simple Nichols and Shepard straw burner and a 44 inch Red River Special separator with a 14 stake team crew. I believe the interest and demand for steam engines has become great enough to warrant some company putting them on the market again. Say in about two sizes, the only changes I would suggest would be in the drive wheels being equipped with some kind of hard rubber lug that would not bar them from the highways. I realize to get all this started would take some doing and I would like to hear some of the other steam fans express their feelings about this. Perhaps one way to raise money for such an undertaking would be for all the members of the various steam engine clubs to organize a company and buy shares in the company. Another plan would be for prospective buyers to pledge 50 per cent of the cost in advance, balance to be paid when engine was delivered. There would be a lot of effort put forth to make all this possible but I believe there are enough farmers and mill operators who. would still like to use steam for power. Let's hear from some other boosters.
The number two picture taken last October 1956, is the same engine and the same man, 'the writer'. It's on the same farm here at Raymond, Minnesota. I am wondering if some of the readers would be able to guess what my age is. Incidentally this 43-year-old steam engine is still in good condition. We steam it up almost every year for the pleasure we get out of it. Lately we haven't used it so much, but whenever we need a lot of power for pulling trees and to move buildings we steam it up. You have a very fine magazine. Everybody grabs for it when it arrives. I hope you keep it coming as long as I live. Henry Gerken, Raymond, Minnesota
Case 60, new in 1919, engine with wet feet. Fred Bollig, Mayomanie, Wisconsin, was crossing this stream at night and ran into a hole caused by a flood. This engine was pulled out by a team of horses and a stump pulling machine plus 7 or 8 men pulling on a rope which was wound around the flywheel.