A Reminiscence

| May/June 1983

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Box 61 New Castle, Colorado 81647

I'm thinking of the days of my threshing with steam for the farmers. Sleeping out under the stars at the straw stack, getting up at 5 A.M. in the morning, starting a fire in the boiler, then to the famer's table for a good breakfast. Then back to the machine to grease all of its working joints and starting the day's threshing at 7 A.M.

I think often now of those dear people they had no conveniences then, we call them necessities now. The men would feed and harness their team, hand milk their cows, feed their calves, and sometimes drive with their teams and wagons for miles to start threshing at 7 A.M. and have a smile on their face when they got there.

I had owned two different steam rigs: A 36 horse J. I. Case tandem compound engine and a 28-50 J. I. Case separator.

Then a 40 horse simple cylinder J. I. Case steam engine and a 28-46' Red River Special separator. The farmers were required to furnish the coal for their job. Then when the gasoline operated machines started coming in the farmers started to complain about hauling the coal. We had to change from steam to gasoline.

These were good machines, but so were the steam. And I dearly loved the smell of steam, and to hear the steam whistle, competition was keen. With other machines running I threshed grain for the farmers for 20 more than 20 years.


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