Buying an Engine

| May/June 1960

Brownsville, Indiana

It was late autumn. The cold days had arrived and the earth was donning her winter robes preparing for a few months' rest and showing her indifference to the storms and vacillating pranks of the weather that were forthcoming.

The harvest was over. The grain was in the cribs. But for a true born thresherman there was no time when he did not have his thoughts turned to his occupation.

During this time of year the General approached me and casually stated that he believed his old Advance Engine was worn out.

I readily concurred with the General's opinion, not because of my broad knowledge of engines, but because I had several encounters with the old iron brute on the firing line and I knew the engine would have to be rebuilt and owing to its age I did not think it would pay.

The General then explained that there was a Mr. Thomas, of the Emerson Brenningham Co., who had a Geiser engine that would suit him. He inquired if I would go with him to look at the engine.