Advance, Keck-Gonnerman, Gaar-Scott Engines Take Turns at Separator

Past and Present: Traction Engines and Threshers

| July/August 2006

  • 20HP-Advance-Mix
    A 20 HP Advance steam engine owned by Dave Kemler is operated by James Russell at Kemler's Threshing Day in October 2005, in Stanton, Mich. Standing next to the engine is Joe Mix, who shared this photo with us.
  • Advance-separator-Mix
    The 20 HP Advance steam engine and separator are seen from the side at Dave Kemler's Threshing Day in Stanton, Mich. Joe Mix shared the photo with Steam Traction.
  • 20HP-Advance_operating-Mix
    A 20 HP Advance steam engine owned by Dave Kemler is operated by Larry Mix during Kemler's Threshing Day in October 2005 in Stanton, Mich. Joe Mix, Larry's son, shared this photo with us. 
  • Gaar-Scott_operated_Mix
    A 16 HP Gaar-Scott owned by Dave Kemler is operated by Joe Mix, who shared the photo with us.
  • Keck-Gonnerman-Mix
    A Keck-Gonnerman steam engine owned by Kevin Hayslett takes its turn on the separator at Dave Kemler's Threshing Day, October 2005, in Stanton, Mich. The photo was among seven Joe Mix sent our way.
  • Steam_Shovel-Mo_Mix
    A steam shovel located in Missouri. Joe Mix shared this find with us.
  • Marshall_Sons_Co_engine
    A Marshall, Sons & Co. steam engine that Bob Andren spotted while vacationing in Chile.
  • Fowler-seabed_Tyson
    A pair of Fowler-built plowing engines were found at the bottom of the North Sea off the east coast of England, along with additional large wheels. Colin Tyson, editor of Old Glory magazine in England, sent us an article about the discovery.
    Andy Jackson
  • Steam-shovel-Mix
    The engine in the steam shovel, the last of seven steam-related photos Joe Mix sent our way.
  • Tyson-Loose-wheel
    A pair of Fowler-built plowing engines were found at the bottom of the North Sea off the east coast of England, along with additional large wheels. Colin Tyson, editor of Old Glory magazine in England, sent us an article about the discovery.
    Andy Jackson
  • Fowler-wheel-sea_Tyson
    A pair of Fowler-built plowing engines were found at the bottom of the North Sea off the east coast of England, along with additional large wheels. Colin Tyson, editor of Old Glory magazine in England, sent us an article about the discovery.
    Andy Jackson
  • Tyson_engine-sea
    A pair of Fowler-built plowing engines were found at the bottom of the North Sea off the east coast of England, along with additional large wheels. Colin Tyson, editor of Old Glory magazine in England, sent us an article about the discovery.
    Andy Jackson
  • 20HP-Advance_Rumely-Hough
    When a 20 HP Advance-Rumely needed to be extracted from a barn and go for a downhill jaunt, a John Deere 830 diesel first was brought into service. Ken Hough's photos and letter chronicle the journey.
  • Advance-Rumely-Hough
    When a 20 HP Advance-Rumely needed to be extracted from a barn and go for a downhill jaunt, a John Deere 830 diesel first was brought into service. Ken Hough shared photos of the journey with us.
  • Rumely-Advance-pull-Hough
    The 20 HP Advance-Rumely continues its journey. Finding out there wasn't enough mechancial advantage with the John Deere 830 diesel, another pulley was found for a 4-to-1 advantage. Ken Hough recounted the story of the Advance-Rumely's move through a letter and these photos.
  • Rumely-Model-R-OilPull
    Pulling the 20 HP Advance-Rumely steam engine off a lowboy was a 1924 Rumely Model R OilPull. Ken Hough shared the story of the Advance-Rumely's move through these photos and his letter.

  • 20HP-Advance-Mix
  • Advance-separator-Mix
  • 20HP-Advance_operating-Mix
  • Gaar-Scott_operated_Mix
  • Keck-Gonnerman-Mix
  • Steam_Shovel-Mo_Mix
  • Marshall_Sons_Co_engine
  • Fowler-seabed_Tyson
  • Steam-shovel-Mix
  • Tyson-Loose-wheel
  • Fowler-wheel-sea_Tyson
  • Tyson_engine-sea
  • 20HP-Advance_Rumely-Hough
  • Advance-Rumely-Hough
  • Rumely-Advance-pull-Hough
  • Rumely-Model-R-OilPull

Advance, Other Engines Take Turns at Separator

Joe Mix, 2075 Coburn Road, Hastings, MI 49058, fills in for his dad, Larry Mix, this time around and sends us some photos. Joe writes:

My dad had these photos laid out to mail, but he has been busy working on our engines. Anyway, I thought I would send them for him.

The first photo (in the image gallery) was taken at Dave Kemler’s Threshing Day in October 2005, in Stanton, Mich. Our good friend James Russell of Oblong, Ill., is operating Dave’s 20 HP Advance. I’m standing next to the engine. The second photo in the gallery is a side view of the 20 HP Advance and the separator. The third photo shows my dad operating Dave’s 20 HP Advance on the separator. The fourth image is another from the same Threshing Days event. Here, Kevin Hayslett’s Keck-Gonnerman is taking its turn on the separator. Kevin just got this engine back together the night before; he did a real nice job.

In the fifth photo, I'm operating Dave’s 16 HP Gaar-Scott. This is a real nice-running engine.



We took the sixth photo last year when we were in Missouri. It's a nice-looking steam shovel; it looks like it wouldn’t take much to put it to work. You can see the engine of the steam shovel in the last photo. ­

Marshall, Sons & Co. Steam Engine

Bob Andren, 11995 Awhai Ranch Road, Ojai, CA 93023; (805) 525-2583 (e-mail: bobkandren@ verizon.net), visited South America. He shared the eighth photo in the image gallery, showing him standing before a Marshall, Sons & Co. steam engine. Bob writes:



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