Dairyland Driftings


| July/August 1961



Thresher

Another thresher seen threshing at Carl Fisher's.

One could hardly page thru 'The Album' without noticing 'something new' has been added. I'm sure 'Sparks from Old Plugs' is a long-felt need to tractor and gas-engine enthusiasts. Can't say the interest in steam is tapering off, but 'The Early Day' collectors are growing by leaps and bounds; not only old tractors but horse-drawn equipment and belt-driven machines as corn shredders, grist mills, etc. I didn't get the collector's name, but someone had a colorful display of old cast-iron seats at the Rollag Reunion.

Was on our way to George Persons, Chicago City, Minn., with some engine parts, he fairly insisted to build up the 'pins' of the valve motion on my 50 Case. We paused at 'Waynes Truck Stop' for a burger-basket and overheard one feller telling another, 'Sure windy today, I couldn't go fishing or canoeing, so that I might as well work'.

This very day April 1st Scout Leader Thomas Halvorson, 33, of Polk St., Minneapolis, drowned in the swift icy waters of the St. Croix River near the Interstate Bridge when their canoe capsized. Cub Scout Steven Quist was rescued after clinging to the overturned canoe. To think we witnessed part of this sad incident.

Suppose you heard the one about the Texan who wrote a check and the bank bounced?? Well, Geo. C. was telling one in our favor back in '29 a land-dealer got some prospects together on an excursion to Texas. The southerners were inquisitive, 'You-all got lots of hard-wood up there?' 'Yup,' says the excursioner, 'we make fence posts so hard they wear out 3 or 4 post holes.' Seemed the Texans were more interested in the Dairy State than visa -versa. 'Kind a healthy climate up there?' 'Well, I should say so. . . .going to Grantsburg the other day, noticed a 104-year-old man sitting by the road crying so I see, 'How come?' 'Well, my pa just gave me a licking'' 'He did! What for?' 'For throwing' stones at Grandpa.'

Got a letter from the Jackson Bros, of Mondovi, Wisconsin, who were at that time spending a month at The World Trade Pair in Colombo, Ceylon, demonstrating the Jackson Lumber Harvestor Mill, cutting what is possibly the hardest of tropical timber. Clint said there are lots of oxen in use, but couldn't locate a traction engine, though they still maintain steam trucks and steam locomotives. Imagine an island half the size of Wisconsin with a population of 10 million people. It's our hope to soon see the movies and slides taken over there, and that they will present their story and experiences in some hobby magazine.

Myron Gleiter from Cochrane drove up one day. He is now a full-fledged 'cat-skinner' and was lining up some work for the summer. He has a dandy 18 hp Baker Engine used to operate a sawmill, etc. He informs me his old-time engineer, Clarence Benter answered the 'Golden Whistle Call'. Knowing Clarence as I did, proved to me that engineers are made, not born.