I have been reading your magazine since 1954. We were at the Mt. Pleasant Reunion in 1959. Did not have time to stay long.
I see on page 26 of the July-Aug 1961 issue, a small gas engine. I had one in the 30's. In 1916 I run a road tractor in Murry Co., Minn. I stopped in at a farmer's and he had one. It is an automatic Cream Separator motor. The motor and separator were in one housing. A belt run around the fly-wheel and around the worm end of the bowl. It had a tightner on the tight ends of the belt to let the bowl pick up speed slowly.
J. VANDER HOFF, 1420 Jacobs Drive, Eugene, Oregon
On page 25 of the last issue of the ALBUM is a picture sent in by Cecil E. Perry - a very interesting threshing scene. I have set many a day in just such a setting in my home state of Minneapolis. Mr. Perry states that he does not know the make of the engine. My guess is a Buffalo-Pitts straight flue. Father and I had a return flue Pitts and I see some familiar features in the picture. It has the Pitts stack and wheels but most of all, the unusual high dome and steam line from the top instead of out the side and the steam line angling down to the cylinder at that familiar 45 degree angle. Everything considered, I call it a Buffalo-Pitts.
Whatever it is, it's a very interesting scene to an old thresherman. Every year at this time I still get the longing for the smell of coal smoke and hot cylinder oil and the thrill of pulling a throttle and feeling the power surge through those iron lungs as the old steamer obeyed the hand of her master - but it has been 35 years since then but the memories still linger.
HARRY YATES, 3775 Herman Avenue, San Diego 4, California
MR. HAKE'S LETTER
Some time ago I mailed information and descriptions of the steam engines I own and misquoted the size of the Westinghouse portable threshing engine. It should have been 7 in. bore and 7 in. stroke instead of 10x 12 as I stated. To the best of my knowledge and information that I have, the largest Westinghouse was 8x8 rated 15 hp. This engine was rated 10 hp 56 two inch flues, fly wheel 30 x 6, and weighed 4400 lbs. The tubes carried the water, boiler was vertical, and bolted together at the top of the firebox and the base of the stack so the outer shell could be taken off when refueling. This engine hasn't been steamed since 1917 when it was retired and set on field stone to keep from sinking in the mud.
The man standing at the front of the engine was the son of the original owner and has since passed away.
I haven't been corrected on the misquote I made - my statement appeared in the Jan-Feb 1958 issue.