A Threshing Memory

| July/August 1994

  • Garr-Scott

  • Garr-Scott

R. R. 1, Box 182 Boyd, Minnesota 56218

This photo is of one of the rigs owned by the Frederickson brothers of Dawson, Minnesota, taken around 1910. The engine is a Garr-Scott, and I haven't been able to figure out the separator.

My dad, Elmer Romsaas, went to work for the Fredericksons at the age of 14. He started as a fireman and soon worked his way up to engines.

My earliest memories of threshing were at the age of four. My dad took me over to a neighbor's farm to see one of the last steam rig operations in our area. It was owned by Hjalmer Vane of Dawson. This would have been about 1933, when gas tractors were taking over powering the rigs.

My dad passed away in 1971, but never lost his love of steam. I think the biggest disappointment of his life was to see a neighbor's like new Port Huron steamer cut up for scrap iron during World War II. It was owned by Louis Foss and was in A-l condition! He had purchased this machine shortly before the gas tractors started taking over, and it had been parked for a number of years. The machine's engine had a high pressure boiler, compound cylinder and enclosed cab.

I feel we are fortunate that some of these engines were saved from the scrap drives, giving all of us the opportunity to attend the fall shows and watch them go through their paces.