CHALLENGE OF THE GIANTS


| March/April 1978



Row of Steam Engines

Row of Steam Engines

President, 416 East Everett, Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537

Lake Region Pioneer Threshermen's Association will be 25 years old this Fall. In the Summer of 1954 George Melby, Kenneth Bratvold and Ralph Melby decided to put on a threshing show. George and Ralph had their steam engine from the days they used steam power. Kenneth Bratvold purchased a 75 HP Case, George stacked six stacks of grain, and on October 8,1954, the first threshing show was on. This is our collection of operating steam engines!

35-120 Nichols & Sheperd (double)

30- 90 Huber (single)

25-75 Wood Brothers (single)

80 Case (single)

(2) 28 Minneapolis (single)

22 Keck-Gonnerman

25-75 Gaar-Scott (double)

65 Case (single)

25-85 Nichols & Shepard (single)

16 Advance (single)

25-75 Advance Rumely (single)

9 Case (single)

36-120 Rumely (double cylinder)

22 Advance (single)

32-110 Reeves (cross compound)

22 Avery (double)

19-65 Baker Road Roller (single)

12 Advance (single)

(2) 25-75 Gaar-Scott (single)

6 Case (single)

25-85 Nichols & Shepard (double)

30-100 Rumely (double)

We also have the following three rare steam engines:

12 Westinghouse (single) 12 Aultman Taylor (single) (bevel gear) 14 Minnesota Giant (chain drive)

These are shown only in our museum, which is open to the public from June 1 through our annual show in September each year.

We have eight stationary steam engines of several makes and models operating in our steam room.