| January/February 1964

Louis H. Fork writes.......

I have always been interested in steam engines and threshing. I started threshing in the summer of 1906 and have been at it ever since so you see I have in 50 seasons. Of course, the last 5 seasons I didn't do too much threshing for most of the farmers started to combine their grain. But I still thresh my wheat at home and am enclosing a picture taken in 1956 where we are threshing with a 2175 Baker Uniflow. My son, Raymond, bought this engine in 1955 and restored it to its original paint job. This engine is an exact duplicate of the 2175 Uniflow that I bought new in 1920. The number on my engine was 1570 and the number on his engine is 1564.

My first threshing experience was running a double cylinder Frick reverse Buffalo Pitts, 18 HP and Port Huron thresher. I was working for the man I made my home with.

In 1910 he bought a complete Baker 18 HP plain slide valve engine and a 33 x 56 wood separator which I ran for him until 1913. He bought another Baker 18 HP and a 30 x 50 Baker wood separator which he ran until 1913 when I bought the newest rig with Birdsell Huller. He sold the other rig out of the neighborhood so I had a nice big territory to work in.

In 1918 I bought a No. 9 Birdsell Huller which has done a lot of hulling. I used it to hull my seed last season.

In 1920 I bought a complete new 2175 Baker Uniflow engine and a 33 x 56 Baker separator which I ran until 1930. Then I traded my steam engine for a 28 x 50 Hart Paar tractor which I still have and use and I traded the separator for a new 33 x 56 all steel Baker separator which I still have and use. I used to get the American Threshermans Magazine and I'm sorry I didn't save the issues. It surely was a good magazine for the thresher.

On the picture, my son is standing by the wheel and I am on the separator facing the engine.