This 20 hp. return flue Avery engine had this mishap in 1909 during the threshing season, when trying to cross the bridge across Rock Creek, four miles south of La Porte City, Iowa. This threshing rig was owned by 20 farmers of this community. The engine was unhooked from the separator as the bridge was not considered safe for the rig together. Just as the cable tightened which was hooked to the separator, the bridge gave away on one side so the engine slid side-ways The engine was not damaged very much as it was mud bottom at this place. one was hurt in the mishap. The next day the neighborhood gathered and a house-mover power winch was used to right the engine on its wheels, towed it out on the creek band and eight horses were used to take it to the nearest farm the next place to thresh. The engine suffered only dans age to the smoke stack, the governor and the cab, and a few pipes. The bearings, piston and valve all had to be removed and the mud and sand washed out. It was ready for threshing again within a week. It was used the balance of the threshing season without the cab. I was separator man 'with the rig mentioned above.
Mrs. F. L. (Ruth) Williams operating her 1918 model John Deere Dain tractor at the Mt. Pleasant Iowa 1958 Reunion. Deere and Company built 100 of these tractors in 1918-19. They went to the Dakotas and there is no record of their performance. We believe this is the only one in existence. They are three-wheeled and all wheels are driven. The 4 cylinder engine was designed by Deere and Company. It has three speeds forward and the reverse the same. Low 2 M. per H. High 25/4 per hour. 12 hp. on the draw bar and 25 on the belt. The radiator is from a Mack truck and we don't have the hood. Otherwise, it is in near mint condition. F. L. Williams, Box 42, The Oaks, Cordova, Illinois
30 hp. Huber and an Avery separator threshing: in North Dakota. Mr. Huntsperger says, 'The picture of the double cylinder on the back page of the July-August 1958 issue took me back to the year 1909 and at the Fargo Branch of the Huber Company. There We used one of these oddities as a 'shunt' or switching engine for loading new outfits on the flat cars for shipment to various parts of the Northwest.
'I didn't like the thing and don't think you would either. It didn't sound like a double should. The cylinder next to the found in Iron of the driver wheel had such a long exhaust passage it didn't sound nearly as sharp as the horizontal one next to the smoke stack. It was slow in heating up as compared to the horizontal one. Cylinder cocks had to be kept open much longer than the other. Dirt from the drive wheel got on the guides and was hard to lubricate. Wish I had taken some snaps but did not think it worth while then