FARMER'S 'MYSTERY OF MYSTERIES' Steam Threshers Fascinate Visitors

| November/December 1970

  • Collection of steamers
    A LINK WITH FARMING'S PAST - Walter Mehmke with part of his collection of steamers on his farm near Great Falls, Montana. Some of the machines date back to 1878.

  • Collection of steamers

Sent in by Tom Karstetter, 25394 E. 19th St., San Bernardino, California 92404, and with the kind permission of the Los Angeles Times newspaper. Thank you, Gordon R. Phillips, Assistant Director of Promotion and Public Relations, for giving us the 'go' signal. And you have asked we print the credit line as follows: 'Copyright, 1968, by the Los Angeles Times. Reprinted by permission.'

(Incidentally Tom Karstetter grew up in Enola and lived two doors from The Ritzman's and of course knew of the magazine and when he saw this out in California where he now lives, he sent it along to Enola Thanks Tom.)


Times Staff Writer

GREAT FALLS, Mont. Everybody keeps stopping in farmer Walter Mehmke's front yard to ask: 'What are those damn things?'

Lined up in front of Mehmke's farm house are 20 Rube Goldberg-like monsters steam plows and threshers used on the western plains up to 40 years ago.

Mehmke, whose 4,000 acres are 10 miles east of here, says: