| January/February 1973

  • Floyd Beakler
    Floyd Beakler with New Huber, Serial Number 10403. Courtesy of Art Dickey, Corydon, Iowa 50060.
    Art Dickey

  • Floyd Beakler

Corydon, Iowa 50060.

Some day we South Central, Iowa Laplanders should get together and award our friend, Floyd Beakler, of Humeston, Iowa the crown for the best bird dog in our area when it comes to locating steam engines, old tractors, etc.

Floyd is 47 yrs. old, single and carries around in his pocket a notebook full of addresses, phone numbers, etc. of 'Blondes, Redheads, Brunettes? Huh Uh! Steam engines, tractors, gas engines, etc.'

I think the first time I met Floyd was in the late 50's when I was on some road survey work for our County. I saw smoke coming up and it looked like from a steam engine. It was. I discovered the Beakler sawmill. I'm sure this was a Port Huron engine. There was also an old Rumely oil pull tractor at the sawmill site. These two engines were sold later and are now owned by Albert Eshelman of Elliot, Iowa.

From the time the steamer left, Floyd was never happy and he started hunting a steam engine again. The outstanding feature of Floyd is that he is not like most of us. Me, when I locate something, I try to bury it until I can either get it or have to give it up. Floyd is willing to pass all his information to several. He led Everett Anderson of Humeston to an old Aultman Taylor steam engine down in Missouri and Everett was able to buy it and had it running this summer at local celebrations.

Sometime in 1966, Floyd heard of a New Huber engine out in the neighborhood of Borado, Neb. However, it wasn't for sale. During the time from 1966 to 1972, Floyd took at least 2 other buyers wanting steam engines out to see this engine. Every time the engine was not for sale. However, this year Floyd was lucky and he was able to purchase the engine. The engine is now sitting in the Beakler yard and Floyd is tearing into it. I wasn't able to get a picture of it when he first got it home but I hope to sort of picture the progress of it from now on. The engine serial number is 10403. I like to visit with Floyd because I think he knows every engine and steam engine enthusiast for at least 150 miles every direction. By going out on some of his directions, I have met some fine people, saw some interesting items and heard some good yarns. Following his direction I met Claude Maxwell of Ridgeway, Mo. who with his brother has some interesting items and heard an interesting yarn from Claude about a steam engine and separator completely buried in an old creek. I wish Claude would write this yarn and send it to the Iron Men Album so all you album readers could hear about it. 'Come on Claude, send this yarn in.'


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