| November/December 1959

R. D. 3, Muncy, Pennsylvania

Enclosed is a picture of my 1916 model Titan 10-20 tractor engine No. 504 threshing oats in 1958. It is belted to a 20x32 New Racine thresher with feeder and stacker both of which were purchased new in early 1917 and have run every year since, although the last few years it has not been off the farm on account of steel wheels being banned from the improved highways and for which I am just as well satisfied.

This was one of the first gas tractors to come to this section and one of the first to help put the good old steam engine in the background.

Many were the predictions when it came that it would be found stalled and balking along the roads while the steamer would go blithly on, but this just never happened.

This outfit's big days go back to the days when fields and hillsides were flecked with golden grain shocks in midsummer, and buckwheat bunches in autumn. When early October days found cornfields of neat straight rows of corn shocks throughout, and golden pumpkins scattered between and when native chestnut trees by the road side showered down chestnuts for the delighted wayfarer to gather up, when age old apple trees in meadows hung laden with apples in late autumn to munch on as we passed by. And late in the fall the pail of zippy cider outside the barn door would have an icy fringe around the edge of the pail between refreshers before the seasons runs were finished.

All those former day scenes have passed into history, yet this outfit is still in use on its home farm. At the turn of the heavy crankshaft it comes to life with a 'bang' as it ever did.