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.
The machine men always stayed with the rig, day and night. We always had 5 good meals a day. Night lodging was anywhere from a good bed to hay mow under the thresher or around, the straw pile.
Then my health failed me. I had to quit threshing. Of course, about the same time combines started to take the place of threshers. Now, combines is all you see in harvest time.
After I quit threshing I was fortunate enough to get hold of three good men and started to sell J. I. Case farm machinery and operate a general repair shop with it. We sell around $50,000 to $70,000 worth of machinery per year. My men and myself think that J. I. Case machinery is the best machinery any farmer can buy.
This is the end of my story. My only wish is to see more threshing pictures and threshing stories in your paper. You won't have to return the enclosed picture.
BEN H. KEHRER, New Memphis, Illinois
Enclosed is my check for a one year renewal of my subscription to the MOST INSPIRING MAGAZINE in existence today.
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LEONCE C. BULLOCK, 935 Santiago Street, Santa Ana, California
Mrs. Delia Rice, R. D. 1, Platte Center, Nebraska, has a Fence Making machine that is 54 years old. It has been stored always and is in perfect condition. Propelled by hand crank and feeds any type of wire, making a strong diamond mesh stock fence or fancy lawn fence. It would make a valuable museum piece. Write to her if interested.
Page four of the Jan-Feb. 1955 issue of the ALBUM the picture title at the top of the page reads, 'Frick Traction Drive Sawmill etc.'. It should read 'Frick Friction Drive Sawmill etc.'
At the annual meeting of The Old Settlers and Threshers Association, Inc., at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, the following officers were elected for the coming year:
William Sater, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, President; Lyle Burroughs, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Vice-President; Mrs. Peter Bucher, Fairfield, Iowa, Secretary; Milo Mathews, Mt. Union, Iowa, Treasurer.
We are all looking forward to seeing many of you at the 1955 reunion which will be held Sept., 7, 8, 9, 10.