A Salesman's Thrill


| November/December 1958

  • Swinging engine
    A 1823 picture taken near Oil City, Pennsylvania doing contract work for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. It is a Marion 60. Half circle swing. It took three men to operate it. Fireman, Cab Operator (Mr. King was the Cab Operator and is standing near th
  • Bundles of oats
    FEEDERS ARE BUSY Keeping the separators supplied with bundles of oats is fun, for a while. A number of spectators at the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club threshing demonstration near Davis Junction took a turn at pitching bundles. See report on Illinois
  • Mr. E. C. Foreman
    Mr. E. C. Foreman of Tacoma, Ohio. He spent his life selling Gaar Scott machinery. He is now 83 years of age and enjoying good health. He is a Good Gardner and when we visited him a few weeks ago he gave us a generous helping of cabbage, corn and lettuce
    Mr. E. C. Foreman
  • Farm operation of threshing
    DREW CROWDS The almost forgotten farm operation of threshing which was demonstrated by the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club for three days at Davis Junction proved an attraction for thousands. Crowds gathered about the three engines and watched steam pr
  • Threshing operations
    FIELD WORK Threshing operations are not confined to the barnyard alone, and this field work at the Lannert farm near Davis Junction was a part of the three day demonstration given by the Northern Illinois Steam Tower Club. See Northern Illinois Steam Powe
  • Separators
    SOURCE OF POWER Turning the 'three separators at the threshing demonstration at Davis Junction for three days were the steam engines owned by Newton Gould of Elburn, George Hedtke of Davis Junction, and Ed Smith of Cortland. All in excellent condition, th

  • Swinging engine
  • Bundles of oats
  • Mr. E. C. Foreman
  • Farm operation of threshing
  • Threshing operations
  • Separators

Tacoma, Ohio

REVERTING BACK TO the year 1895 my mind did instinctively teach me that machinery was to be my life work. Especially the operating and selling of the steam engine and threshers it  powered, which I loved so well, together with other auxiliaries the steamers drove.

Somehow when we think of thresher salesmen we think of Marcus Leonard and E C. Foreman. Both have grown in years with a kindly spirit. One in the east and the other in the west. One in the mountains and the other on the plains. Both are very good writers and an inspiration to our Hobby. May the Good Lord Bless and give them health and happiness for many years yet for them and us to enjoy ELMER

Just recently, after sixty-three years, while pondering over old time letters and inquiries asking for prices and terms of threshing machinery from prospective buyers. Many of the inquiries were interesting but hard to determine their actual worth of spending time and money to run them down or to see the parties. One old and half forgotten inquiry of June 1908, fifty years ago, deserves a write-up owning to having sold a 10 hp. traction engine and a 24 inch plain thresher. Following is a copy of the original inquiry



June 1-1908. Please. Gentlemen, send by early mail one of your picture books of steam turned thresh boxes and self run steam engines that will draw the thresh box on road from stooks and barnes to others. And make good low price spot cash set in our lot.

Jane Ann and Jake ---, West Virginia



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