Dairyland Driftings


| November/December 1962



Threshing on Gilmar Johnson Farm

Threshing on Gilmar Johnson Farm. Left to right, Bruce Larson, Luck, Wisconsin; Ronnie Gjerning, Frederic, Wisconsin; Mary Geske, Chicago, Ill. Behind Mary is the engineer, Jim Johnson, 'The Corliss Kid' from Park Ridge, Illinois.

There's a certain amount of satisfaction, once anticipation gets to be realization. We rolled up the 150 foot drive belt for our steam rig and bucked the 28 X 50 into the shed with the Rock Island Tractor, thus the 1962 threshing is now past tense. The '50' steamer parked, pending silo filling. The nostalgia of steam-power inspired friends from scattered points and different walks of life to participate in bundle pitching as well as picture taking.

Got my spouse back from Norway and things on our homestead getting back to normal, sorta getting used to each other. Seven weeks of 'batching' was enough for me and equal time seemed to suffice her visit over there. She learned a lot about Norway and its people that is not written up in tourist folders. I doubt she'll write a book on it, but she can keep you busy listening and looking at slides taken far into the night. Pleasing to me are several slides taken of live steam wood-burning locomotives. Steam ain't dead yet on Norway railroads. Speaking of railroads, she rode on a crowded passenger train from Trondheim to Dombas, something like 150 American miles, passing thru 29 tunnels which gives an idea of the terrain and expense encountered to build roads as well as railroads and accounts for the heavy passenger service on railroads. Alice was obliged to sit on the floor for 1/3 the distance or stand up. In making adjustments to foreign eating habits and tolerating their means of travel, in observing their methods pursued in farming; one could hardly say they are behind times, rather it should be accepted that perhaps our methods and mad pace is beyond their comprehension. Lawyers are few and far between, psychiatrists unheard of and no evidence of unemployment problems. Countries, such as Norway are tar less apt to suffer a set-back due to hasty spending and misused credit. It's a known fact that in nations such as ours, with high standards of living there is also the increase of crime. Norway is content to let well enough alone.

WALTER BIERITZ from Yorkville, Illinois, with his wife and son, JERRY stopped in en route to points north. He tells me he now has acquired all sizes of Sandwich gas engines, besides a number of old tractors. He also informed me that FRANK MILLER of Lacrosse, Indiana, now has his museum of old tractors, open to the public, since his 'open-house' last Memorial Day. Congratulations to PRANK and PAULINE.

Had a handsome group of friends here for a potluck picnic on July 4th. Run several old tractors and the Steamer as well as a number of gas engines including KARL MARGUARDTS' rare McVicker.

The BLAIRE DOLLERY family from New Richmond, Wisconsin stopped for a short visit enroute to Twin Ports for a week-end. They were towing a unique Dollerys 'Covered Wagon' camper designed and built by BLAIR GOOD camping folks.

DENNIS ANDRES from Duluth who is quite a camera fan came over just in time to take a pass at driving my Indiana with the 5 foot mower. That's when I run movies, at times I thought he was a bit in distress. A group of enthusiasts from the Duluth proximity plan to stage a thresh Bee come the second Sunday in October. One of the star attractions will be OLIVER HALTLI'S double cylinder Minneapolis 18 hp No. 4086. He says it used to be a double-stack and if he can get I enough specifications will venture to duplicate the original. Any information on this new show can be had by contacting MILTON A. WATRY, 3160 Fairfield Rd., Proctor Branch, Duluth 10, Minnesota.