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18-60 HP Russell Engine

This is a simple Russell 18-60 HP and the engineer is Milton H. Korn (with oil can). This was a very nice engine and a good one. This picture was taken 1909 at Montra, Shelby Co., Ohio.

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Story in the last issue 'Steam In The Blood'

In 1908, Milton made a model airplane of the monoplane type with two propellers. Each propeller was driven by very flexible rubber strands. In very still air it would fly better than 300 feet. In 1909-1910-1911 he was co-designer and builder of two pusher type monoplanes. The second was successful.

In 1912 he helped to build one of the first successful Tractor Type biplanes and the world's second flying boat for the BENOIST Aircraft Co. in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1913 he met with a plane accident from which he died a few days later. He was a pioneer of aviation.

These pictures were all taken at my farm in Harrison Township, Elkhart County, R.R. 3, Goshen, Indiana. It was a beautiful summer day on July 19, 1967. The threshing machine is a 1875 Ellis Keystone, 'The Champion' No. 3. It was built in Pottstown, Penna. I bought it from an Old Time Thresherman from Waterloo, Indiana in 1960. I have threshed wheat and oats with the machine, we are threshing wheat today. It sure threshes out the grain excellent, also the straw and chaff so loose and nice.

The Steam Engine is a 15-18 Horse Power Russell Compound Traction Engine. It was built in Massalin, Ohio on March 17, 1899 and sold to Arbuckle Ryan Company of Toledo, Ohio. The owner of the engine is Robert D. Ehret of Goshen, Indiana.

I have always enjoyed the captions and explanations with pictures, but I am badly in need of some information of this one for what kind of power was used here? By no stretch of the mind can we call it boy power cause girls helped and you can't call it girl power because boys helped. Man power won't do because no man helped. No horse was used. So what kind of power was it anyway? (Well, Harry I'd say youth power, human power or to get more on the teen age level talk - let's call it, power a-go-go! - Anna Mae).