Letters


| January/February 1960


SPENT 15 YEARS

I spent 15 years at running an engine in Southern Minnesota, threshing corn shelling, sawmilling and any other work an engine could do. After selling out in the year 1925 I had not touched a throttle in all those years until one year ago I had a wonderful opportunity to once again stand on the deck and handle a throttle for three delightful days due to a man who shipped one of the old engines to my town and asked me to help him during three parades which he took part in. I found it was just as natural to pull that throttle again

after over 30 years as though it were only yesterday since I had stepped off the deck. There is no thrill like the feel of power surging through those iron lungs to an old engineer as the old steam engine obeys the hand of her master.

Am enclosing a picture of my 20-70 Nichols & Shepard engine just finishing a job of threshing in 1923. What has become of all the threshers in the state of Minnesota? Seldom see any letters from any of you. Get out your pencils and drop me a line about what threshing is like there now. I have been gone for 19 years and things have changed in that time. Keep the ALBUM coming. I am looking for the next issue already.

HARRY YATES 3775 Herman Avenue, San Diego 4, California

ONLY 14 YEARS OLD

Although I'm only 14 years old, I have been interested in steam engines for years. My father and grand-father were both steam threshermen. My grandfather threshed first with a 16 hp. Nichols & Shepard, then a 22 hp. Avery Undermounted, then a 22 hp. Minneapolis compound. My father ran the Minneapolis engine 7 years until they started threshing with a tractor. My family and I usually go to a steam engine Reunion every year. We have been going to the Mississippi Valley Old Time Threshers Reunion for the past few years.

Enclosed is a picture of a small Jensen engine that I got for Christmas a couple of years ago belted to a small model of a Baker Fan that I built from my Erector Set.






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