LETTER


| September/October 1961



35 hp Buffalo Pitts

35 hp Buffalo Pitts taken about 1909 at Devils Lake. P. C. Knapp, owner, in front of belt. Billy McDonald, engineer, beside front wheel.

A. H. BORSTAD

LETTER WITH PICTURES

I have been reading and enjoying the Album for several years, but have noticed that you seldom show pictures of big engines so I am enclosing a couple of an old timer that belonged to my uncle, P. C. Knapp.

This 35 hp Buffalo Pitts was purchased from C. O. Russell who was the Buffalo Pitts dealer at Devils Lake at the time. I'm sorry that I haven't a picture of the separator, however, it was a Buffalo Pitts too with a Ruth Feeder and a Maple Grove stacker, or blower as we used to call them here.

My uncle's engineer was Bill McDonald who is standing beside the front wheel in the picture at the top of the page. I don't know if he is the one under the flywheel in the other picture - it doesn't look quite like him.

This engine was refueled at our farm, also had new grate bars put in, and the separator had a new stacker shaft and blades installed. I don't know what went through the blower but it must have been a broken concave bar as both the fans were all torn to pieces.

This engine was quite famous around here in its day and most of the old-timers still remember it.

When my uncle, Perry Knapp, moved to Wisconsin in 1912 he sold the engine to Ernie Gunn who operated it until the 1920's when he replaced it with a 110 Case. The old Buffalo Pitts didn't give up, it was just worn out. It ended its days rusting away in a field by the Soo track east of town until the 30's when some misbegotten scavengers hauled it away for the good metal in it.