| September/October 1957

  • Old style JUMBO engine
    Old style JUMBO engine in trouble. Courtesy of Albert Brandt, Red Bud, Illinois.
    Albert Brandt

  • Old style JUMBO engine

I am sending you a picture of a Harrison or 'Jumbo' engine whoso number appears to be 234. It is of the 1890-1900 era. The picture was taken in 1898 after it broke through a bridge four miles west of Red Bud, Illinois. It fell on its right side but had been pulled back on its wheels when the picture was taken. Broken smoke stack was the worst casualty to the engine. The engineer had a broken leg and another man was thrown into two or three feet of water in the stream and was pinned beneath a part of the engine which fell on his leg. Other men immediately noticed he was missing and after finding him were able to hold his head above water to keep him from drowning.

The information and picture was obtained through the courtesy of E. J. (Buck) Roscow of this city. He started handling engines when he was eleven years old and now has forty-three years experience with engines.

I certainly like the IRON-MEN ALBUM and when it arrives I have an evening of entertainment. I have a nice 20 hp. Jumbo engine No. 2341. It is fourth to the last made. I also have a 12 hp. Rumley No. 3016 and a Robinson No. 3313. This engine I do not have at home yet.

ALBERT BRANDT, Red Bud, Illinois

BACK IN 1900 TO 1915-

Find enclosed $2.00 for renewal as I really enjoy it. When a young man I was a steam engine thresherman. My favorites were Russell and Gaar Scott and a Birdsell clover huller.

Back in 1900 to 1915 we had a large territory to cover and put in 100 days to finish. We threshed wheat for 3c and oats at 2c per bushel and made money at that. Paid $1.00 a day for our help. Got up at 4 A. M., cleaned the flues, built the fire and had break-fast by 7 A. M., ready to thresh, and stayed with the rig all week. At that time farmers hauled their grain in the barn, this makes the best wheat of all. I always enjoyed the good meals which usually consisted of chicken, potatoes, noodles, ham, eggs, pies and cookies and the good homemade bread, which I still enjoy. In 1910 I got married and moved on a farm south of Mt. Hope, Ohio, 135 acres. At that time I sold my threshing rig and operated the farm until 1948 when I had a farm sale-my highest Holstein cow bringing $357.50. Now my son-in-law operates it beside a peach orchard having some 1300 trees-still have over 700 trees. We had 900 bushel last summer and No. 1's sold at $3.00 per bushel. There was good demand. My wife and I still take care of the orchard and will help as long as we are able.


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