LETTERS


| May/June 1959


AN OLD KELLY MAN

I can tell you about O. S. Kelly Threshing Machines and steam engines and they also built feed grinders. We pulled them with horse power in the early days of my life. The thresher was hand fed as I cut bands for it when I was 8 years old.

The outfit got too small as our runs got bigger and father traded it for a 6hp. portable Kelly engine. The machine has a swinging stacker mounted on a four wheel truck and it had web slats.

As I got older I hauled water and learned to feed the machine and that was a hot job. As time went by there were stacks of grain to thresh and so the threshing outfit was traded in to O. S. Kelly Company for an 8hp. traction engine and the machine was still a hand fed machine, I cannot remember the size.

We sawed wood for the neighbors in the winter time and did custom feed grinding with the 8hp. engine. It was easy to fire and a very handy engine. I was then operating the engine.

I still love steam. I have a son who bought a Case 45. I steam it up and drive it around the yard often. I do enjoy it.

FRANK HUDACHEK, 105 E. 5th Street, West Liberty, Iowa