An Aggressive Thresherman

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Here is a picture to prove that your Secretary and Editor at least came from the Thresherman stock. The Secretary's father is sitting on the engine next to the fly wheel. The editor's father is on bended knee in the foreground. Case 12hp. engine of 1905 v
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24 hp. Advance Rumely bought new in 1919 and now working on his sawmill. We should have said it is the outfit of Allen Rader, Portland, Mich. We don't know about the logs but at least you could load the lumber down hill.
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Advance Rumely 20hp. engine of Chas. Tomson pulling the Baker Fan at the Miami Valley Thresher Meet, 1954. Elmer Egbert engineer. G. L. Chaffee, photographer, 7819 Oak hurst Circle, Brecksville, Ohio

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.

My second Longfellow is a rubber tired one I exhibit at the
N.T.A. reunion. A few years ago I installed a piston valve in it to
make a 11′ by 10′ simple, but am making it back to the
original Woolf compound for economy reasons. This spring I plan to
superheat it, locomotive style, and install a brick arch, and
expect to win in the one hour economy run at our next reunion.

My third engine is a 22-65 Case that I bought 200 miles west of
Omaha, Neb., two years ago. It was new in 1917 and has always been
housed between seasons. The stack, smokebox, boiler and original
tubes are like new.

I have installed a brick arch and ring balanced the original D
valve like the Newton patent, and like it better than some of the
other patent valves. This engine will also be in the economy run at
the reunion.

Now a few words in regard to the various thresher reunions I
never thought they would be so popular when I started the first one
10 years ago. It is nice that many others have started since then
in other states, and interest is still growing. Thousands of new
acquaintances have been made with the nicest people in the world,
and hundreds of steam engines have been saved and restored. Some of
them look nicer than when new.

Last spring I decided to make a large fan so we could belt our
engines up to it and work them. It proved better than expected. I
called on Louie Baker, son of the late Abner D. Baker, and got all
the information I could in regard to the Baker-built fan they used
at various state threshermeeting nearly 50 years ago. This fan is 5
feet in diameter and each of the 4 blades are 24 inches square. It
is mounted in a channel steel frame similar to the Baker Prony
brake now owned by our National Threshers Association. The blades
are mounted on a 2′ steel shaft with double row ball bearings,
and a 20′ diameter pulley on shaft to drive it. We use a
10′ belt to run it, and the largest engines can throw off their
governor belts and the engines won’t run away. Louis
David’s big Avery 40 turned it the fastest it has ever
turned-660 R.P.M’s.

I am enclosing a chart showing what some steam engines and large
gas tractors have pulled on it and hope you have room to print
it.

Am sending photo of an engine on the Baker fan, also Jack
Egbert’s little 12hp. Frick on the earthen incline at N.T.A.
reunion last June. This engine was the only one that could climb
the steep 53% incline, but this year we plan to make it more
gradual at the bottom so all engines can try it.

Also at the National Threshers Reunion at Montpelier, Ohio next
June 23-24-25 we will conduct an economy test run of steam engines
in addition to the regular program. Any engine may enter and will
be given a fair threshing load for one hour with fuel and water
carefully weighed.

A few months ago, Gilbert Cowdena steam engine fan in Detroit,
Michigan, located a Henry Ford built stationery steam engine and
our association bought it. It is a 75 hp. vertical run-in-oil
double Woolf tandem compound. It was built for sawmilling and
weighs 5 tons, and each engine is the size of a 24-75 Port Huron.
This engine along with many other new entrants will be at N.T.A.
reunion next June.

OWNER

RATING

MAKE

STEAM PRESS.

R.P.M’s.

APPROX. H.P.

Louis David

40

Avery U. M.

300

660

160

Louis David

20

Avery U. M.

175

550

87

L. W. Blaker

22-65

J. I. Case

175

620

130

L. W. Blaker

24-75

Port Huron simple

175

600

115

L. W. Blaker

24-75

Port Huron comp

175

560

93

Elmer Egbert

22-65

J. I. Case

175

615

127

Elmer Egbert

30-60

Ault.Tay.- gas

490

70

Jack Egbert

12

Frick

150

418

48

H. Fischbach

20

Advance Rumley

160

510

76

H. Fischbach

25-50

Baker gas

492

71

Chas. Ditmer

21-75

Baker Steam

165

515

80

M. Lugten

18

Keck-Gonn.

160

510

76

Merle Newkirk

20-60

Reeves & Co.

125

508

75

Homer Holp

16

Advance

150

454

67

Phil Garman

18

Advance-Rumley

150

452

66

Case dealer

Model-500

Case diesel

451

65

R. Denning

30-60

Oil-Pull

500

72

A NECESSARY PLACE

Find enclosed my check for two more years renewal to the ALBUM.
Keep it coming, as I have every copy so far that you have
published.

Yes, I think there is a necessary place for a Tractor Section in
the ALBUM. That is the resurrection of this first open geared gas
kerosene testaments. In the same breath are there any of -30-60
Aultman-Taylor’s, Reeves ’40’ (4 cyl. gas kerosene),
40-80 Avery, or 40-80 Russell tractors still in existence. Only 5
steam engines in this section of the country that I know of and not
a one of the early tractors, so for me they are really more
rare.

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