Enclosed is photograph of traction engines displayed at The McClure-Waddill Threshermen's Reunion held at Colchester, Ill., on October 25, 1953. Sorry, not much smoke because they were fired with wood as Mr. McClure had a sawmill and a large pile of slabs nearby. Anyway, they are all under a full head of steam and moved into this position a few minutes before the photograph was taken.
Reading from right to left: 25 horse Aultman Taylor, 25 horse Russell, 20 horse Advance Rumley, 15 horse Case, and 24 horse Port Huron. These are all in good running condition and nicely cleaned and painted. We have a 20 horse Minneapolis also in good condition which is not shown as we did not have time to get it all dolled up. Since the picture was taken we have added a dandy little 16 horse Russell. All are single cylinder jobs.
We ran a news item in our local weekly newspaper that the machines would be displayed from 1 to 4 p. m., on October 25th, and had an attendance exceeding 1500 people. The interest was so great that we have promised that we would repeat the occasion next year and do some threshing of grain and operate the sawmill.
We are always glad to have any one interested in these machines call and look the collection over.
We want Elmer to understand that not one of them is on center.