Horse powered threshing rig near Highwood, Montana. The lady at the right with the light colored apron and the man holding a child are the great-grandparents of 76-year old Carl Mehmke. The child shown may have been Walter, Carl's father?
A typical threshing and engine crew. I always enjoy crew pictures, especially when the engine is the background. McDonald's Nichols & Shepard is a 20-70 side mounted, double cylinder engine, just like the one I cut my teeth on.
The late Walter Mehmke is shown in the cab of his 1907 32 HP J. I. Case. He bought the engine used in 1920 at Briggs Implement in Great Falls, Montana, and broke his farm and many other farms in the Belt-High wood area of Montana.
The barefooted boy on the water wagon is believed to be young Walter Mehmke. Carl says his dad owned and operated this Avery return flue engine at age 13 and was its licensed engineer. The picture was taken in the Belt-Highwood, Montana, area circa 1905.
Walter Mehmke had quite an operation going when this 1922 threshing scene was taken. He did custom threshing with two outfits and this 32 HP Case powered one thresher.
This 35-120 Nichols & Shepard is hauling 768 bushels of threshed, sacked wheat to market, somewhere in Montana's Judith Basin.
Walt Mehmke was an early pioneer of the modern threshing bee. This 1953 picture shows his newly acquired 30 HP under-mounted Avery turning a steel separator while another engine behind the Avery's pop valve plume of steam turns a wooden separator.
Walter Mehmke's other threshing outfit was this 75 HP Case shown here turning a 30-60 Rumely, on its first season out. They were using sixteen bundle wagons.
This postcard shows a 35-120 Nichols & Shepard pulling an eight-bottom Reeves steam lift plow in South Dakota.
A 35 HP Nichols & Shepard is pulling a 10 bottom breaking plow and a tandem disk