EVOLUTION OF THE NICHOLS & SHEPARD STRAW RACK


| September/October 1957



Salina, Kansas

Mr. Leonard sent us this article some time ago and we have just been pressed with other material and could not get it in. However, this is an interesting article anytime. Ed.

ON PAGES 8 AND 9, Vol. 3, Summer 1949 issue of the ALBUM, readers of the ALBUM read about the Buffalo Pitts horse power thresher, the hum of the side gear on Daniel Bros.' Nichols & Shepard Vibrator, the wood arms on the side of that machine, which moved the lifting fingers, Moses Stutzman's shipping a Nichols & Shepard steam traction engine and Vibrator from Illinois to Iowa in 1882 and his failure but did not read the side gear of the Buffalo Pitts machine consisted of a large spur gear and spur pinion, the side-gear of the Vibrator consisted of a large bevel gear and bevel pinion, Moses Stutzman's engine was equipped with the Marsh reverse and his Vibrator with lifting fingers.

I saw the side gear of the Buffalo Pitts machine, heard them speak about its breaking the gears, listened to the hum of the side gear on the Vibrator and saw Moses Stutzman drive his engine through a plowed field and as I walked by its side, saw the crank on the Marsh reverse go around.

The preceding and much previously written by me, were written from memory. My memory has served me well but before writing 'The Evolution of The Nichols & Shepard Straw Rack,' I consulted early catalogs. That information should be authentic.

I am indebted to Fred W. Kiser, Pittsfield, Illinois, for an early Nichols & Shepard catalog and two early Aultman-Taylor catalogs, to Hollis Cortelyou, Higgins, Texas, for an early Frick catalog and an early Rumely and to Lucius C. Sweet, Al-den, Minnesota for early printed matter on Nichols & Shepard and Aultman-Taylor machinery. I am grateful to those fine men, who so promptly and graciously made possible the desired information.