LETTER


| September/October 1961



Engine stood for thirty-eight years

The picture above shows where the engine stood for thirty-eight years, the tree that grew up thru the engine encased the axle, front wheel and the crosshead guide making it a sizeable job getting it out without breaking any part of it.

FROM OREGON

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

THRESHING SCENE

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