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Moving on to old steam traction engines, I behaved well and never sent a single Reeves picture last issue. This time, I am sending a bunch. Three are copies of pictures of 25 HP

Reeves cross-compound Canadian Specials (although separate engines) from the Daniel (Jrs files at Denton, Mont.

Photo #1 shows the Swager Brothers pulling disk plows with their Reeves, while Photo #2 shows a Mr. Dietrich from Moore, Mont., pulling the Eppers' Store from north of Denton to Denton. Denton was a new town in 1913, created by the Milwaukee Railroad extending their line from Lewistown to Great Falls. Mr. Eppers must have wanted to be where the action was. The Schrader Reeves in Photo #3 is threshing in that same area.

I have a question for Lyle Hoffmaster and Melvin Pierce. Photo #4 of a Reeves and steam lift plow located at Bozeman, Mont., has me nearly stumped. It has every appearance of a 25 HP cross-compound, except that it has an exhaust pipe on the right side. It appears to have 76-inch tall driver wheels and 16-inch wide front wheels, which I didn't think were available on the 20 HP double-simple, which is the only thing it could possibly be. Lyle, Melvin - what do you think? This is from a circa 1909 Reeves plowing catalog.

Photo #5 shows an early 32 HP cross-compound owned by Banks & Featherly of Dillon, Mont., pulling a 12-bot-tom Reeves steam lift plow.

Yaeger Photo #6 Early Reeves 32 HP cross-compound owned by Poindexter & Orr of Dillon, Mont., pulling a Reeves steam lift plow.

In Photo #6 another early 32 HP cross-compound owned by Poindexter & Orr of Dillon, Mont., is pulling a Reeves steam lift plow. The gentlemen in suits must have something to do with Reeves & Company. These are also from a Reeves plowing catalog.

Yaeger Photo # 7 32 HP cross-compound Reeves owned by Miller Plowing Co., Buffalo, Mont., pulling disk plows in front of a Rumely pulling disk plows

Photo #7 shows a 32 HP Reeves owned by Miller Plowing Co. of Buffalo, Mont., pulling disk plows in front of a Rumely pulling disk plows.

Photo #8 is also from the Reeves plowing catalog. It shows an early 'states' type 40-120 HP (the later Canadian Specials were 40-140 HP) Reeves engine pulling a 16-bottom Reeves steam lift plow. It is owned by the Mielson-Geddis Farms in Idaho. This is the only 40 HP Reeves I have ever seen with this high arch, short radius type of top on a Reeves cab. The 'states' engines in smaller horsepower sizes had this same short radius. The Canadian Special engines of smaller horsepower sizes had a longer radius on their canopies. Any other picture of 40 HP Reeves engines I have seen have all had a flatter cab top, like the smaller horsepower Canadian Special engines have.

Photo #9 shows the late Justin J. Hingtgen standing beside the right driver wheel of a 32 HP Reeves double-simple Canadian Special, number 6813. The picture was taken in the 1950s at the Kolar farm near Moore, Mont., by the late Walter Mehmke. Reeves number 6813 is the only 32 HP, double-simple Canadian Special extant.

Yaeger Photo #9 Justin J. Hingtgen and Reeves number 6813, 32 HP double-simple Canadian Special, the only one extant, sometime in the 1950s.

I had the privilege of meeting Justin at a 1958 steam show near Cedar Falls, Iowa. Justin had hauled his 9 HP Case to the show and the elderly gentleman Justin had operating it let me and my friend Dean Bellinger take it around the show grounds. It was quite exciting for a couple of boys ready to start high school. Justin died an untimely death at 50-some years old, and had amassed quite a collection of steam engines.

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