BEFORE I WAS BORN


| November/December 1959



Minneapolis outfit 20 hp

1925 Picture of a Minneapolis outfit 20 hp. engine and 40x62 separator.

Beach, North Dakota

Long before I was born my dad run Case machinery using the Dingee horsepower with hand fed separator. He later used a portable, then a traction which he steered by a team of horses. His first self-feeder was a Parsons and I wonder how many threshermen remember them. I started way back in 1889 firing a N & S 6 hp. hauling a corn sheller. It was a sandwich 6 hole sheller. I have also operated 8, 10 and 12 hp. Advance engines, also a 13 hp. Russell as well as a 16 hp. Russel and a 20 hp. Russell. These engines were used mainly on Minneapolis separators either a 32x48 or 36x54. Many times we have run from morning till night only stopping for meals or a grain wagon to come in. When my dad stopped threshing he sold three complete rigs and a No. 8 and No. 9 Birdsell clover hullers. The last rig I owned was an Aultman Taylor gas tractor and a 33x54 Russell separator, winding up my threshing in North Dakota in 1927. I also owned a N & S combine 16 and cut 13 years in North Dakota. I also own a Stanley Steam car.