| March/April 1955

In renewing his subscription to the ALBUM, Mr. Russell Sheneman of Sugar Creek, Ohio, writes, 'I don't want to miss a single copy as it is too interesting to me. I just love to look at the pictures of those old steamers and still wish I could run one again, JUST ONE MORE SUMMER.'


Am enclosing $2.00 in cash for renewal of my ALBUM. I am a retired steam man, and I mean retired. One of those that never die, but just dry up and blow away. Success to you.

W. F. PETERSON, Lewiston, Idaho


I am enclosing a picture of the threshing rig which I formerly owned and operated. It was an 18 hp. Gaar Scott engine and a 36x56 Peerless thresher.

I started threshing when I was 13 years old with the 36x56 Peerless thresher, which I bought new, and a used 15 hp. Gaar Scott engine of the locomotive slide style. I used this engine two seasons. I found Out, for the work I had drummed up, that this engine was too small. Then I bought the 18 hp. new somewhat built to order. I threshed 30 seasons with this outfit and run about 40 to 53 days per season. I also bought a new No. 9 Clover Huller, which I used about 20 years.

When threshing wheat, we threshed about 1600 to 1800 bushels per day; oats, about 4 to 6 thousand bushels per day; red clover, from 10 to 140 bushels per day. We always had 10 to 12 teams hauling bundles up to the thresher and 4 to 5 teams to haul the grain away.