Farm Collector

FROM PIPESTONE, MINN.

By Staff

Enclosed find draft for a year’s subscription and a copy of
Floyd Clymer’s Album of Steam Traction Engines, I enjoy
reading- the ALBUM more than any magazine that I get.

Mr. P. J. Wood’s letter in March-April issue very
interesting. The Frick engine that he wrote about was parked on a
lot about a half mile from the school house In Pipestone, another
boy and I spent many a noon hour playing around it.

Here is a clipping- from the Pioneer Press telling of Steam
Engine Joe’s Threshing Bee:

An estimated 6,000 persons flocked to Montgomery (Minn.) today
to witness the annual old time threshing bee staged by Joe
‘Steam Engine’ Rynda.

A steam powered Case agitator separator was used to separate the
wheat from the chaff.

The ancient machines produced 1211/2
bushels of ‘succotash’, a mixture of wheat and oats, for
the afternoon’s work. They are among the numerous machines in
Rynda’s collection of old steam threshing rigs.

One of the highlights of the bee, was the appearance of F. J.
Wood, Des Moines, Iowa, the man who invented the Wood threshing
machine.

  • Published on Mar 1, 1953
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