Dairyland Driftings


| March/April 1963



60 Case

Winching on a Fordson, minus the worm gear. See Dairyland Driftings.

Silo filling is normally completed prior to October; somehow HAROLD CHURCHILL'S down at Elmwood had escaped even the late September frost. We got word Harold would be using the 20 HP double Rumely on the Case silage blower as in years past. His sons GEORGE and DONALD shoulder the major responsibilities of the farm work and with adequate equipment operate a 360 acre dairy farm including a 25 acre sugar bush. On October 15th we made the 85 mile trip to Churchill's in time for dinner, of course. Thanks to Marlys, her experience as a Home Ec. teacher really packs a meal. Had a chance to fire the engine, and what a three-plow tractor would find a load was merely keeping the flues clean for the Rumely. Joint owner of the steamer is WILLIAM HERPST from Elmwood, who had not only operated several threshing rigs but was salesman for a decade prior to World War I. There too was HOMER PENCE, a precision model builder of stationary steam. Of course Harold's grandson couldn't resist the urge to blow the whistle and in so doing a nabor down the road who was supposed to be putting on storm windows, truantly joined the fun that afternoon.

Stopped at Wm. Herpst, graciously he gave me an 1893 catalog on Minnesota Chief Threshing Machinery printed in Norwegian. I take it he figured my wife could read it for me in as much as she spent nigh two months in Norway. As for me, I'm Scandinavian in that I sure like my coffee; right Elmer? Luckily the catalog contained literature on the engines made by Minnesota Thresher Manufacturing Company of Stillwater, Minn. at that time. 'Minnesota' Giant built in five sizes, 10 to 18 HP, 'Stillwater' Engine 4 sizes, 10 to 16 HP. It put me straight on the difference between the two and is rather evident in the picture, page 15 September issue of ' Engineers and Engines'. The Stillwater Engine has a fire box return flue boiler whereas the Giant boiler is similar to the Huber.

Twas late in October on a Sunday afternoon, the wife decided we visit some friends up Grantsburg way. To no surprise this farmer and his brother-in-law had gone hunting, season open on grouse, ducks and pheasants all of which are going the way of the dodo and passenger pigeon. By the time we had coffee the nimrods returned. 'What you get?' 'Got a crow for supper.' In reality it was a raven and unedible. ' 'How come you shot it?' 'Oh, I dunno, wasn't going to, it was really out of range, quite a challenge for my old Remington but it brought him down.' 'Aren't they protected?' 'No, I guess not.' 'Anything else?' 'Well I shot a rabbit, I suppose I shouldn't have, had a couple chances to get it sitting still, but preferred a running shot, so when it took off I let him have it.' 'What about your brother-in-law?' Well he got nothing but bagged a grouse the previous week-end. In my book such wild life is harmless, the raven is a scavenger and what if a hare grazes a cherry tree, George cut it down anyhow. On our way home we noted some hard pressed nimrod had taken his shooting out on a 'town dump' sign, leaving only tattered remains of public property. Where does good sportsmanship start or end? Hunting is a graft, seems to me, whereby the state obtains revenue while wild life is suffering defeat. I am glad that in our 'EARLY DAY' endeavor our hopes and aims are at preservation rather than ruination. During deer season a posse of 15 hunters scanned a swamp near our home in persuit of a buck deer, luckily the stag eluded their efforts in spite of their generous shooting. Here was a ratio of 15 to 1, what will they do next? It puts me in mind of PWA days, a foreman was overly blest with workers and put in an order for more shovels the reply came back, we are out of shovels, tell them to lean on each others. According to Winconsin Conservation Department statistics for '62 showed 45,000 legal deer shot and 25,000 illegal deer. This sort of violation should cause some concern.

Many readers will recall HARDY LINDBLAD'S super heated 60 Case; it was pressed into service threshing two jobs last fall.

JOHN HANSON from Lewis was still using his 3090 Russell number 16003 for sawing lumber last October.

By no means have I been in the market for another thresh machine, but got lead on a 24x42 wood Huber in near perfect shape, couldn't resist buying it, has slat stacker, tally box with measures, and Langdon feeder, that should make a nice mate for my Titan come fall. It was bought new in 1920 and powered by a gas engine.