Iron Man Of The Month

| November/December 1971

  • Baker counter-flow Engine
    ALL BUCKEYE Born in Ohio, threshed and farmed in Ohio, engine made in Ohio. Iron-Man Hugh Hartzell of northeast Union City, Ohio-Indiana territory, on his 21-75 Baker counter-flow Engine at Darke County Steam Threshers, Greenville, Ohio. White shirt, n
  • Hugh Hartzell
    ALL THAT SMOKE AND NO PLACE TO GO?-Hugh Hartzell doesn't dress like the dirty-overalled steam engineer, but he's up there on the swaying deck as much as anyone. And he keeps that Baker as clean as the white shirt he's wearing. Rumor has it that, although

  • Baker counter-flow Engine
  • Hugh Hartzell


He's the typical American thresher man. And to hear him laugh and blow the whistle on his counter-flow Baker, you know he's enjoyed every minute of it, come good times or hard times down on the farm.

Whether it's helping out at the Darke County 'Steam Thrashers' at Greenville, Ohio, each summer, as one of the organization's directors, pulling on the big Baker Fan or taking his place in the annual parade on the reunion grounds or at various civic organization she's always the one that can be counted on with the old 21-75 to help fill the gap. And wherever you may be standing, should he happen to know you, you'll suddenly become the object of all eyes. For Hugh Hartzell will give you a generous toot, a hearty wave of the hand and call out your name as he rumbles by on the swaying deck of OF Baker from wherever it happens to be in the passing parade.

He's a big man is Hugh Hartzell wears his overalls well, as a farmer should. No scrawny, horny-handed type of thresher man he, with baggy trousers, wrinkled shirt or sagging, oil-soaked gall uses like we too often are prone to visualize the average steam thresher man. Even in sports clothes which he often switches to, the white shirt, the neatly pressed pants, the natty straw hat and long fresh cigar clamped firmly between his teeth all let you know he's the farmer and steam thresher man who wouldn't trade a day of it for the highest office in the land-including the Presidency. His executive suite is the swaying deck of a Baker Engine, his business house, over which he rules as undisputed captain of industry, is the typical red barn and he wouldn't swap a minute of it for the thrones of Popes, potentates or kings. Everything about him is typically Buckeye born in Ohio, runs a steam engine made in Ohio and has lived, farmed and threshed all his days in Ohio. What greater honors could anyone boast of. (Except for his sins of slippin' off to Canada or Florida to do his fishin'.)

'If I had my life to live over, I wouldn't change a bit of it,' says Hartzell who loved the challenges of bad times as well as the affluence of the prosperous years.

Born in Richland Township, near the little village of Beamsville (some call it Beamtown), in Darke County, western Ohio, Hugh Hartzell helped his Dad farm till he was twenty-one.


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