Here is a picture of a shock loader owned by Lems Bros. of Rock Valley, Iowa. The loader is home made and has a feeder that lays on the ground and is run by an electric motor and the juice comes from a generator that runs off the power take-off of the tractor. The racks have one side with hinges that fold down and they just dump the bundles over the side. The bundles I saw were very long and heavy windrows and some fell off but in 5 minutes or less they had a big load.
Marvin E. Green, Boy den, Iowa
Douglas McConnell writes......
I noticed a picture on page 13 of your May-June 1963 Album in Dairy-land Driftings of a Best steamer. This steamer I recognized right away. It was used for many long years in Forsyth, Montana. I have a book before me entitled Dry-Farming by L. H. Bailey and on page 211 is a picture of this outfit taken in 1911. It reads 'Combined harvester and thresher in a field of dry-farm Turkey wheat. Forsyth, Montana.
There is another picture of this steamer steam plowing on page 303 pulling four plows and turning over 17 furrows at once.
I saw another Best steamer like this one on the lower right hand side of page 18.I wish I could locate some one with a 1225 hp Port-Huron tractor so I could send a picture of it into your magazine. I'm beginning to think there is none of them left on earth today as no one I have ever asked knows of any.
Your magazine is my favorite of this kind and would pay $5.00 for it if I ever have to.
I see the front cover picture on the March issue of Engineers & Engines is a George-White steamer and not a Sawyer-Massey like they say.
Thank you for your hard work in giving to all of us such a swell magazine as you do.
I like the front cover on this months issue as the Reeves steamer is my favorite engine.
Douglas A. McConnell, Box 575, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada