Dairyland Driftings


| November/December 1960

  • 25 hp Minneapolis single simple engine
    Our handmade 3' to the foot scale of a 25 hp Minneapolis single simple engine. We are quite proud of it as it is all hand made. It took about two years of spare time work, however we fudged a bit as we welded the boiler seams rather than rivet them.

  • 25 hp Minneapolis single simple engine

This locality has been over-blessed with moisture, which is both good and bad lots of pasture, but the 'quick' grass is giving some corn fields a rough race. Haying is hampered, grain looks good. My boss back in '34 at Stacy, Minnesota, said he'd rather have it too dry than too wet -- and, I'll admit, at times I think he was right. You can cultivate, put up hay, raise emergency crops if need be. In a few words, you could plan your work and work your plan.

Speaking of hot weather I recall some early day ads stating as how a tractor could work thru the heat and wouldn't run away if you hit a bees' nest mowing hay (but, as for my dad, he wouldn't be sold on a tractor nohow). When we got the tame hay put up and the grain stacked, we really hit for the 'bees'. Dad owned some 20 acres three miles to the north of our home which had a creek running thru and boasted sompin' like 8 acres meadow hay, too boggy to even think of using horses. Us boys looked forward to the 'picnic' dinners but the rest of the day spelled work. We cut that hay with 'Armstrong Mowers' (scythes) cocked it up, carried it together on two poles to make about 8 or 9 round stacks of hay on the high ground, then in the winter hauled it home on sleds.

This meadow was litterly contaminated with bumble bees and hornets we called them 'yellow-jackets' and 'black-jackets'. You rarely knew of the nests till you jabbed it with the scythe, then it was take to the timber lickety-cut and swinging your hat in hopes to keep the bees from stinging your head. A hilarious sight, but not a bit funny when it was the 'first person' involved. After somehow snatching the hay away from the nests it seemed by the next day or soon after the crows or skunks made a feast of those pugnacious insects, honey and all!

A guy returned from his vacation, complained of the continuous rainy weather, was told 'couldn't been so bad - look at the tan you got' 'tan nothing!' retorted the vacationer, 'that's rust!'



When Ray Lockman got his last ALBUM he finally diagnosed his case when he read in there the symptoms 'his get up and go - got up and went' could fit any of us over '39'. By the way, Gordon, Wisconsin, is celebrating its 100th anniversary and going all out. Men with beards, women in long dresses, a stockade and Ray will see to it there'll be steam, too!

Archie Stevens from Millville, Minn., stayed over here enroute on a business trip. He was booking engagements at County Pairs with his model steamer and thresher. He hauls the models with him and had booked about a dozen fairs so far that's making a good fair better, Archie! We run some 'old-tractor' movies and talked steam. His show 'The Peaceful Valley Reunion' will be October 1 and 2. It's not the biggest - doesn't boast the best - but sompin' different than the rest! Lots of steam in action and old tractors, including the illusive Townsend!



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