| July/August 1961

  • Compound Engine & roller shredder
    Millin Bros. 26 Compound Engine and 12 roller shredder, both Advance of Patch Grove, Wisconsin. I am the only one of the brothers left. Retired at Hudson, Wisconsin, at the age of 78.
    Mr. L. C. W
  • Burrell Threshing Engine
    Mr. L. C. W. Parris is the owner-driver of this very beautiful Burrell Threshing Engine seen here in the competition at Braintree on July 9th. This was called 'Setting the Drum' and the competitor had to haul the 'Drum' to an appointed
  • A logging camp
    This is a picture of a logging camp up in British Columbia, Canada, in 1915 on a Sunday morning with most of the crew in camp. The late Mr. Richard Purcell is standing next to the door of the bunk-house. I believe that is a Royal Mounted Police standing i
    Millin Bros
  • Marion shovel
    Pictured is a Marion shovel on a road building job on Mt. Everett, Wash., in 1912. The late Richard Purcell was the operator and can be seen standing in edge of cab with hand on boom. This picture was taken off a picture Richard Purcell, Jr., has. I have
    Richard Purcell
  • The Bucyrus shovel
    This was taken of the Bucyrus shovel and 2-6-2 Locomotive, probably in a strip mine in Canada. The late Richard Purcell is the operator of the shovel (standing in the doorway next to boom). Mr. Purcell was known as a man that got a lot of work done but wa

  • Compound Engine & roller shredder
  • Burrell Threshing Engine
  • A logging camp
  • Marion shovel
  • The Bucyrus shovel


May I offer some information in reply to Mr. William Ree's letter in your May-June issue. According to Mr. R. B. Gray, in his excellent book 'Development of the Agricultural Tractor in the United States', the Van Duzen tractor was built in 1894. It was similar to the Froelich (1892), in fact, the Froelich was powered by a Van Duzen gasoline engine.

The first Hart Parr was built in 1902 and in 1906 they were the first to use the word 'tractor' instead of the longer term 'gasoline traction engine'.

Mr. Gray's book is a wonderful source of information on tractors. It covers their entire development from the beginning up to 1950.

THOMAS KEMPLING, Box 700, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada


Model steam engines and separators and old gas engines heralded in the coming of spring at a meeting of the Illiana Steam and Hobby Club at Pine Village, Indiana, Sunday afternoon, April 30th. The old timers were glad to welcome Clyde Johnson and Gene Philips of Valparaiso with their gas engines.

One of the largest displays was an exhibit by the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Tippecanoe featuring guns used in the battle and arrowheads. Three people in the dress of 1811 were there to explain the articles. Among the other exhibits were a large collection of cross-stitched aprons made by Mrs. Wilbur Collins of Pontiac, Illinois. Also shown were quilts, afghans, stamps, whittling, leather work, paintings, and ceramics, featuring mugs with a snapshot fired on of a Case 40 hp and Leonard Mann, Ernest Cox and Merlin Warwick standing by.


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