A BIT OF HISTORY


| November/December 1967



Shipment

Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Steck, 12445 Hack Rd., R. 1, Reese, Michigan 48757 THEN - July 11, 1963. Fred inspecting his shipment.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Steck

Marysville, Ohio 43040

It was in the summer of 1915 and the farmers of the west side of Pairs Township and the east side of Allen Township, Union County, Ohio were confronted with a serious problem. The grain crops were good and try in every way they could, the farmers were unable to engage the services of any of the regular custom threshermen.

So ten of these farmers drove in two cars to Marion, Ohio to visit the main office and plant of the Huber Mfg. Co. to see what they might have on hand in the way of threshing equipment. They had several separators and one 16-horse Huber Engine all new. Completed and ready to be shipped. Well, these farmers agreed to form a company and purchase a new Huber Outfit, which they did. 16 horse engine No. 11175 and a 28 x 48 separator. The next day the Huber Co. loaded this outfit on the train and shipped it to Pottersburgh, Ohio. Also included was a Huber tank-wagon equipped with a Myers hand pump and twenty feet of suction hose.

When the outfit arrived, Mr. Claypool, the local representative of the Huber Company was there and helped the men unload it. None of these farmers had had any experiences with a steam engine and so they hired an engineer and a separator man-now they were in business. With only a few minor mishaps, they got along fine and with a little bit over two seasons' use they paid all operating expenses and had the outfit completely paid for. P.S. Mr. Amrine was the former Secretary-manager of the Allen-Paris Threshing Co., Union County, Ohio.

THEN AND NOW

Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Steck, 12445 Hack Rd., R. 1, Reese, Michigan 48757

A few years ago, after much letter writing, trying to locate a steam locomotive for sale, we came across this 1920 Baldwin 2-6-2 Wood burner in the yard of the Mobile River Saw Mill Company at Mt. Vernon, Alabama. The next job was how to get it home.