Haywire Engineering


| January/February 1959



Here is a good story taken from 'Power' of February, 1952. It was sent to us by Hardy Lindblad and Gilmar Johnson of Frederic, Wisconsin. It was sent in 1955 and we held it so it would cure. The fact that it mentions Charlie Harrison and his 110 Case makes it human. You will enjoy it.Elmer

MARMADUKE SURFACE glow's office is getting ready for all kinds of interesting people. Ever since his far-flung friends learned that he went into the consulting business, old shipmates and buddies keep popping in.

Yesterday I walked over to his office and there was Charley Harrison, chief engineer of the Mansfield Leland Hotel in Mansfield, Ohio. We learned that Charley Harrison has a hobby of collecting antique steam threshing engines. He now has eight of them. Charley was showing Marmy and his visitors newspaper clippings and photographs.

'These photos show how I moved my latest 20-ton iron horse all the way from Fargo, North Dakota,' Charley was saying. 'She's a 110 hp. job and stands 13 ft. wide, 22 ft. long and 14 ft. high to the cab's top.'

I squinted could hardly believe my eyes. The threshing machine looked more like a young locomotive.

'I'll bet you never operated one of those monsters,' I said to Marmaduke, wondering if he had.