| January/February 1964

George Searson writes........

I have been working with steam traction engines for the last thirty-five years. In April, 1928 my father and I bought a second threshing outfit, a Sawyer-Massey engine and a Goodison separator. In July of the same year when the boiler maker came out to repair a leak in the firebox, and found the corners very thin, he advised us to trade it which we did on a rebuilt 22 HP Sawyer-Massey with the John Goodison Co. This engine I ran up to December, 1954, having to quit the threshing in 1943 but kept the engine on the sawmill which I started in 1934.

This picture shows the engine and water tank on the road during the threshing season in September, 1930, waiting for the team to bring the machine from the barn where we had just finished to the road to move to the next job. We had a total crew of 10 men, sufficient to fork the sheaves to the machine from the mow as there was mostly barn threshing in this part at that time with some stack threshing at the beginning of the season. We threshed fifty thousand bushels in fifty days that year of 1930 which was considered very good with the moving from one job to another.

I happened to run across these old negatives last winter while cleaning out some drawers in the old house after moving to our new one and thought that the pictures might interest you.

In February, 1958 I bought another Sawyer-Massey, 22 HP Engine from Bill Johnson of Burford, Ontario which I am using ever since in the sawmill. I have sawed three hundred thousand board feet this spring and summer, butting as high as 7400 board feet in a day. This makes a total of three Sawyer-Massey engines for me.

George Searson, P. 0. Box 134, Watford, Ontario, Canada


Paul R. Woodruff age 71 of 212 So. 4th St., Ponca City, Oklahoma died October 27 in a hospital following a heart seizure. Paul was the first person to collect literature and the actual machines that I knew of. He owned a 36 hp Case for years. His first machine was purchased for the hobby of it in 1934. Many people remarked to him, 'Why don't you junk it?' He bore the cross, so to speak for many of us.