Chris Busch giving the Minneapolis the finishing touches for the 1953 show.
The article written by Mrs. Alban Leiker Box 144, Route 1, Gorham, Kansas, (May-June, 1953) describing the threshing demonstration with the Case horse power machine, was well written and the setting of the pictures created a wierd scene. My interest in the Case machinery may have warped my judgment and I may be faulty in my criticism but few, if any, better articles have been published in the ALBUM.
In 1926 Mike Leiker, Alban Leiker's father, bought a 28-46 Nichols & Shepard steel separator with feeder, weigher and wind stacker attached and gave in trade that Case horse power machinery. The machinery then, was in a good shed, had remained there many years and was in splendid condition. I realized it was not Nichols & Shepard machinery but because of its condition, suggested the machinery be shipped to the Branch House. Nichols & Shepard Co., did not care to invest freight in the Case machinery and later resold it to Mr. Leiker for $25.00. Evidently the machinery remained in shed from 1926 until the demonstration last year.
Mike Leiker, who bought the Nichols & Shepard separator, since has passed on but the separator remains with the family and in the shed. It appears nearly as good as new. Mr. Leiker was an unusual man and a Sales Story lies behind that sale.
Those pictures of the demonstration published in the ALBUM are good but Mrs. Ray Kippes, Ellis, Kansas, a sister of Mrs. Alban Leiker, made 'movie' films of the demonstration. That picture is wonderful. Mr. and Mrs. Leiker and Mrs. Kippes drove to Salina, more than 100 miles, this week and showed the film for me. I enjoyed it very much. It was gracious of them.
Many men, especially the older ones, would enjoy that picture.
MARCUS LEONARD Salina, Kansas