Halloween Holocaust

None of the help stayed very long or completed the season

| September/October 1963

Clarence Angst writes......

Here is a snapshot of our threshing rig and most of the crew taken in 1912. It's a 24 Hp Port Huron Compound and 3656 Aultman Taylor Thresher. My father, David, is standing above the feeder and I am at the throttle. It was a great combination.

Dad started out in 1893 with a 10 HP Buffalo Pitts Engine, 36-56 Separator and spent some 50 years threshing, shredding, hulling clover, also had a saw mill which had quite a record. I was always glad when we could get the engine out and put it to work I loved. That: with the surfacing of the roads and the smaller machines coming in the old standby's seemed to disappear, so now it is more or less a memory. However, with the birth of the Thresher Reunions it sure refreshes your memories. I manage to take in 3 or 4 reunions every year and enjoy them very much.

Well, I guess that's enough chatter for now. Keep the old safety a popping.

Clarence Angst, Winona, Minnesota

John J. Ohms writes......

As an engineer I have had much experience running Rumely, Advance, Harris 'Jumbo'. All were good workers but this 20 HP Minneapolis was my favorite. It was owned by Fred Yakel, Evansville, Illinois. I ran this engine for 4 years, threshing, road grading, corn shredding and saw mill work. These pictures were taken in 1917. The engine was built in either 1914 or 1915. Mr. Yakel and I are on the engine. I am leaning on the drive-wheel. I don't know which I loved the most, the engine or Fred's daughter. I didn't marry either of them.