Canton Monitor

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1204 E. 24th St, Sterling, Illinois 61081

Here is a picture of a threshing scene that I thought might be
suitable for Iron-Men Album.

Unfortunately, we have little information on the photo. The
original is owned by Ed Frank, formerly of Kirk-wood, Illinois, who
is now in a nursing home in Roseville, Illinois. He was good enough
to let my father get a negative made from it. Mr. Frank obtained
the picture from Mrs. Louise (Pape) Kessler for the Kirk-wood
Centennial of 1954. The scene could be at the Pape farm north of

To the best of my ability, I believe the engine is a 10 or 12
horsepower Canton Monitor of 1892 to 1895. If so, the picture was
probably taken prior to 1900. We would all appreciate any more
information on the scene if any readers have some. If anyone can
better identify the engine, we would be happy to know that also. I
based my identification on pictures I have of Lyman Knapp’s
Canton Monitor, and a few unclear pictures in Jack Norbeck’s

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