It was a pleasure to have Adam and Lena Dahlman from Power, Montana stop over here. I worked for him on his grain farm back in '35 raising certified spring wheat must say that was my idea of farming all tractors and no milk cows but seems fate had me booked otherwise. Yeah, leap-year caught up with me, so with a couple cows and a modest credit-rating 'we' started farming dairy-wise. Bought a Model 'T' and an 'Economy' cream separator for fifteen dollars. I had a $25.00 Titan and a team of horses. Didn't have much property, but lots of happiness.
Bill and Gloria Briden from Crookston, Minnesota, paid us a visit. He's the man with the 30 ton Marion Steam Shovel, besides four steamers and a dozen old tractors. Bill was saying every farmer should have a steam shovel, but I sorta disagree 'cause then we wouldn't get any custom work. He has re-worked the boiler on his shovel and re-built the cab and about ready for business. He is a machinist in his own rights, builds self-unleading sugar-beet boxes with tandem axles used when it's too wet for trucks to haul out of the fields. Nearing completion too, is a four-wheel drive tractor with an 8 furrow plow capacity. We hope to visit this set-up before too long.
An attractive Birdsall portable engine, 7x11, stood for several years in Barron by a machine shop. The front flue sheet apparently bad and in need of other repairs. Well, this engine was recently bought by A. C. Gilbert of Stillwater, Minnesota who has completely restored it put in 15 new 1-' flues and now runs like a top with the pop set at 120 lbs. This is the second engine he has restored in the last 5 years, and he is still going strong at the age of 86. He has also broke 12 head of oxen to the yoke on a sweep that operates a 1890 Case thresher. This outfit was the star attraction at Terraceville, U.S.A. in 1959. He owns a most inviting riverside home and enjoys company.
Hot weather and lack of moisture in our proximity has curtailed our corn crop as well as pastures and second cuttings of hay. Watering of lawns and gardens was a common sight but not so with Alice, though I did see her water her fish worms in a wooden bucket. To supplement feed for the cows we are presently using our 8-16 International on a Papec filler to cut up corn. Gotta keep the milk flow up somehow. What's better than a glass or two or three of good cold milk with sorghum cake, a snack that really refreshes while working on hot summer days. Thor Anderson, who operates a machine shop at Chicago City, Minnesota tells me he drinks two glasses every night before retiring.
Dan Boothe, Ellsworth, Wis., has his Case 11x11 at 'House of Memories' Museum on Hy. 29 west of Soring Valley and fires it up on Sundays. That will stop the cars, Dan.
Mrs. Jake Maurer made a trip to England to visit her twin brother, Art Clarke, who spent several months in this country back in 1958. Art sent back some dandy steam magazines as well as a brass horse replica of the ensign on Aveling and Porter engines. This I cherish very highly and Alice gladly granted it a place of prominence in our home. Thanks, Art.
A man rushed into the R.R. Station to buy a ticket. 'Where are you going?' asked the agent. 'Don't know,' came the reply. 'Then what do you want to buy the ticket for?'.
Lyman Matthews of Groton, South Dakota, attended the Ft. Sisseton, S.D. celebration. July 9th. There was an 1893 Merry-Go-Round run by an old steam engine and it was kept busy. One little boy, 5 or 6 years, asked his mother what was in the wheelbarrow near the engine and she told him coal (and they live in Sisseton) - Needless to say Lyman was convinced everyone still knew what coal was.
Stopped at John Mayparks to pick up a gas engine. Asking the four yr. old daughter - 'What's your name?' 'His name is Queenie and He's gonna have pups'
Might add a note of disappointment, the ownership of the Trap Rock Stone Quarry at Dresser, Wis. has changed hands and steam powered equipment is on its last. The big shovels in the pit are now only symbols of the past. A steam clam shell and one saddle tanker are still in use to load out crushed rock from the stockpile but their days are numbered.
Once a man carries his bride over the threshold, she usually puts her foot down.