A 65 HP Case, Nichols and Shepard Steam Engine Among Readers’ Many Photos

Past and Present: Our mailbag contains readers’ letters, photos – even poetry

| Winter 2007

  • Road_roller-Golt
    Golt Photo #1: A road roller found in New York.
    Andrew Golt
  • Case_65-Haley-Hough
    Hough Photo #3: A 65 HP Case, owned by John Haley.
    Ken Hough
  • Case-Prony-Hough
    Hough Photo #2: A Case center crank on the Prony brake.
    Ken Hough
  • Center-Crank-Case_Hough
    Hough Photo #1: Jusin Click's center-crank Case shown at the Sycamore, Ill., show.
    Ken Hough
  • Nichols-shepard-Hough
    Hough Photo #4: A Nichols & Shepard 30-98 HP.
    Ken Hough
  • Rush-Hour-Hough
    Hough Photo #5: Rush hour at the Sycamore, Ill., show.
    Ken Hough
  • Nichols-Shepard-Bixler
    Bixler Photo #1: A Nichols & Shepard engine.
    Mary Bixler
  • Birdsell-clover-Girard
    A 1912 Birdsell clover huller.
  • King Hamilton_Girard
    Girard Photo #1: A 1912 King Hamilton corn sheller.
  • Birdsell-clover-2-Girard
    Another view of a 1912 Birdsell clover huller.
  • McCormick-Deering-Girard
    Girard Photo #4: A McCormick-Deering hay press.
  • Daisy_grain_reaper-Girard
    Girard Photo #6: An 1879 Daisy grain reaper.
  • Ontario-group_Mix
    Mix Photo #1: (From left) Lynn Mix, Harry Woomansee, an unidentified man and John Southard in Milton, Ontario, Canada, in 1971.
    Larry Mix
  • Threshing-family-Girard
    Girard Photo #5: The Girard Family Threshing Crew.
  • Port-Huron_Mix
    Mix Photo #2: A Port Huron "high wheeler."
    Larry Mix
  • Keck-Gonnerman_Mix
    Mix Photo #4: Melvin Lugten going up the wooden high ramp with his 18 Hp Keck-Gonnerman Charlton Park, Mich., in 1964.
    Larry Mix
  • Keck_Gonnerman-1964-Mix
    Mix Photo #3: Ralph Woodmansee on Melvin Lugten's 18 HP Keck-Gonnerman in 1964.
    Larry Mix
  • Keck-Gonnerman-ramp_Mix
    Mix Photo #5: Melvin at the top of the ramp. Ralph Woodmansee is at bottom, telling Melvin how to come down the ramp.
    Larry Mix
  • Minneapolis_20-65-raw_Russell
    Russell Photo #2: The Minneapolis before restoration.
    Clifford Russell
  • 1913-Minneapolis_Russell
    Russell Photo #1: The 1913 Minneapolis 20-65.
    Clifford Russell
  • Minneapolis-goodbye-Russell
    Russell Photo #3: Gerald and Clifford Russell saying goodbye to the engine (headed to Disneyland Paris) in 1987.
    Clifford Russell

  • Road_roller-Golt
  • Case_65-Haley-Hough
  • Case-Prony-Hough
  • Center-Crank-Case_Hough
  • Nichols-shepard-Hough
  • Rush-Hour-Hough
  • Nichols-Shepard-Bixler
  • Birdsell-clover-Girard
  • King Hamilton_Girard
  • Birdsell-clover-2-Girard
  • McCormick-Deering-Girard
  • Daisy_grain_reaper-Girard
  • Ontario-group_Mix
  • Threshing-family-Girard
  • Port-Huron_Mix
  • Keck-Gonnerman_Mix
  • Keck_Gonnerman-1964-Mix
  • Keck-Gonnerman-ramp_Mix
  • Minneapolis_20-65-raw_Russell
  • 1913-Minneapolis_Russell
  • Minneapolis-goodbye-Russell

Road Roller

Andrew Golt, Plattsburgh, N.Y. (e-mail: andrewcouchst@netzero.com), found this road roller while traveling. He shares his find with us, writing:

I saw this road roller near a semi-abandoned warehouse between Saratoga Springs and Albany, N.Y. It’s on a main road, Route 9, between the horse town and the state capital. When I stumbled by, the caretaker was cutting the grass. All he would tell me was that the two owners, in their 20s, had a blueberry business in Maine. He shook his head in disbelief when I asked to take some photos. Just up the road I spoke to a retired dairy farmer and he confirmed the story. There is an operating roller-skating rink adjacent (same owner) on this very busy road, so someone is collecting the rent! Additional weathered equipment was a few yards away in the weeds.

Sycamore, Ill., Show

Ken Hough, (219) 462-0281; (e-mail: k4sb@niia.net), snapped a few photos of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club Annual Sycamore Steam Show this past Aug. 10-13, 2006. Ken explains:

Photo #1: This engine belongs to Justin Click of Lake Station, Ind. It’s an 1893 Case center-crank 13 HP. It’s one of the first engines to be at the Sycamore show 50 years ago, owned then by Rupert Jordon, a founder and president of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club.



Photo #2 shows a Case center-crank on the Prony brake, where it pulled 56 HP.

Photo #3 is a 65 HP Case that belongs to John Haley. It is from the Rynda auction. I like this shot – it’s very pastoral.