Dairyland Driftings


| November/December 1961



Birdsall Portable

This Birdsall Portable was restored by C. E. Gilbert, Stillwater, Minn.

The golden-rod is yellow,
The grain is in the bin,
The bales are in the haymow -
It's Reunion Time again.

Got the oat crop threshed, gave the Case '50' a chance to 'strutt her stuff while loosely belted to the 20 bar thresher. Rickie Erickson completed the Case rig by using his 12-20 'cross-mounted' to haul the wood wagon and water to the steamer. Jerry Erickson got to be engineer and was spelled off by Harold Churchill who came up from Elmwood, Wis. with Wm. Herpst and Homer Pence. The 2 hp Sears gas engine operated the grain elevator. Among the visitors that drove in to witness steam-threshing were Paul Hemp and three friends who came in a '29 Model 'A' roadster and it was plenty sharp, with red trim and rumble seat. Paul Hemp operates the Antique Vehicle Museum just west of Rochester, Minn.

Prior to threshing time, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Bohman and daughter, Margaret, from Alpha, Illinois, paid us a visit. With Reuben's help, we started my 5 hp Galloway and sawed up old fence posts and scrap lumber for firing the Case 9'x10'. Reuben is always good help, wish he could have stayed thru threshing, but they had a trip scheduled. Margaret has a hobby of raising Glads, and brought us some most unusual varieties. She has developed a species of glads and has captured several prizes on her accomplishment.

I had the pleasure of meeting Homer Pence while visiting Wm. Herpst at Elmwood. Homer has built two stationary models of steam engines that fascinated me indeed. One a l-to-10 scale model of the 320 hp Ridgeway Corliss which provides the power for the Madsen Lbr. & Flooring Co. mill at Spring Valley, Wis., - the other model is of his own design and built in 1927. The workmanship reveals a lot of care and know-how.

Had a 'hay-day' here the 4th of July, with pot luck picnic. Warren Doan, Minneapolis, put on quite an exhibition driving the Indiana tractor on the hay mower. Even the Maurer twins from Minneapolis, Marie and Marsha, took a pass at it. Virginia Tritten was in pursuit of 4-leaf clovers and did enjoy driving the Massey-Harris 4 W-D. Karl Marquardt demonstrated his gas engine Salley-Saw on an elm top. That's some outfit, a circle saw without a hub the stepping stone between the drag-saw and the chain-saw. It was indeed a happy day for us, you all come again!

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