Arthur Weller writes........


| November/December 1963

  • Canton Monitor
    1886 Canton Monitor, 10-12-16 Hp built by C. Aultman & Co. of Canton, Ohio. We saw this old timer at Pontiac, Illinois in 1952. I had the pleasure of starting this engine pulling a real old separator threshing. A hand fed outfit with two men cutting bands
  • Steam Tractor
    Here is a picture of a 1922 Steam Tractor,15-30, HP, D/C, 600 pound pressure boiler, built by Bryan Harvester Co., Peru, Indiana.
  • Atlas Engine
    1881 Atlas, horse guide and chain drive, built by the Atlas Engine Works, Indianapolis, Ind.

  • Canton Monitor
  • Steam Tractor
  • Atlas Engine

P.O. Box 12, Pekin, Indiana

I have just received your last copy of the Iron Men Album and think it is wonderful. I don't see how I can or could get along without it. I see a note from an old engineer that he is 78 years old. Now turn his age around to 87 and you will have my age.

I started running steam engines when a lad of 12 years old. It was a 10 HP Aultman - Taylor guided with horses. The first engine I owned was a 10 HP Frick. The first wages I ever received for this type of work was 40 cents a day. I have operated many different makes, even a Lansing four wheel drive that used sprocket chain drive.

My grandfather, Linza Anderson, bought the first steam engine that ever came to this Washington County. It was a 6 HP Gaar-Scott and he moved it around with a yoke of oxen and a new Three Rivers Separator and, of course, a hand fed machine with a drag straw stacker or carrier.



I have operated many different makes of steam engines and find that they all will do their work if properly cared for. Of course, I have my preference to the Case and Baker. I say this without any grievance to anyone. I have operated the Oil Pull Tractor, but steam is my preference to any kind of power. I was asked if I would go with those guys to the moon and I said not unless a steam engine pulled the ship.



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