An Aggressive Thresherman

| May/June 1955

Rt. 2, Avoca, Iowa

Mr. LeRoy Blaker, President of the National Threshers' Association, Inc., Alvordton, Ohio, gives us this interesting and informing letter which we are glad to pass on to you. Ed.

It has been three years since I wrote to you and sent a photo for publication in your IRON-MEN ALBUM. I have every issue since you started publishing it with the 1946-47 Winter issue.

About once a year I go through all of the back issues and spend many pleasant hours re-reading them. You have done a wonderful job publishing this hobby magazine.

Since I started thresring in 1917 when I was 28 years old, I have owned 13 steam threshing engines and 2 large gas tractors. The best of them were, 7 Port Hurons and two 22-65 Cases. At the present time I own 3 very good steam traction engines, two 24-75 Port Huron Long fellows and a 22-65 J. I. Case. All have jackets, Ohio Std. butt-strap boilers, and the Long fellows have canopy tops. I have each of them State inspected annually. In Ohio they are exempt from inspection when used for agricultural purposes, but for sawmilling and exhibition they must abide by the Ohio boiler code. My engines are all housed as I consider them too valuable to sit out doors. My oldest Longfellow that is in the sawmill has an enviable record for 37 years of useful and economical work. When new in 1917, it pulled a large loading excavator in a gravel pit for a road contractor about 100 days.

It has furnished power to thresh a million bushels of grain, fill several hundred silos, run a husker-shredder 100 days, hulled many bushels of clover seed, sawed 2 million feet of lumber, and is still a good engine. The Woolf valve and seat in it is in very good condition.