Letters


| May/June 1964

  • Old Settlers & Threshers Reunion
    My wife and I just before take off for Mt. Pleasant, Iowa to attend the Old Settlers & Threshers Reunion which I have attended every year. Yes, I have made them all and hope to make a few more. Courtesy of E. R. Dugan, 436 N. Library, Waterloo, Illinois.
    E. R. Dugan
  • 20 Advance Rumely
    Harry Forshee of Arkon, Michigan and his 20 Advance Rumely.
  • Bletsoe Rally
    The 'John Fowler Plow Van' cook and bunkhouse at Bletsoe Rally, August 3, 1963.
  • Burrell Single Crank Compound Engine
    The Burrell Single Crank Compound Engine at the Church Stratton Rally on August 5, 1963.
  • English water wagon
    An English water wagon at Bletsoe Rally on August 3, 1963.
  • Loucks Museum
    This picture was taken at Loucks Museum on July 4, 1958.
    J. Rex Haver
  • Unidentified Engine
    There is no name or number on this engine. If any of your readers recognize it will you kindly send me the name and any information you may have about it? This will be published in the Album for the benefit of the clan.
    J. Rex Haver
  • Advance outfit
    All Advance outfit owned by Ira Patterson, dark lad with cap, on top (engineer) and D. Holmes on front trucks, sitting down. End of run, 1905.
  • Case engine
    Courtesy of W. J. Kaufman, 3330 E. 4th.,Hutchinson, Kansas. See Mr. Kaufman's letter.
    W. J. Kaufman
  • 8 hp Avery engine
    Here is a picture of my 18 hp Avery engine that I have had about 9 years. We had 280 pounds of cold water test on it. Courtesy of Stanley Ellington, Christine, North Dakota.
    Stanley Ellington
  • Machine Shop
    Yarbrough's Machine Shop 1423 E. Courtesy ofKearney, Springfield, Mo.
    Kearney
  • Direct Plough Engine
    Here is a picture of a Direct Plough Engine (Superheated) by J. & H. McLaren, 140 B.H.P., Leeds, England. (Sorry, but we don't have address of Mr. Pratt - Anne Mae). Courtesy of R. G. Pratt.
    R. G. Pratt
  • Wallis & Steevens Engine
    Here is a picture of Mr. D. C. Hackett and his unrestored Wallis & Steevens at Church Stratton Rally., August 5, 1963. Mrs. Hackett is on the left in the picture. Courtesy of Frank Hamata, P.O. Box 431, Schuyler, Nebraska.
    Frank Hamata
  • Sims and Jefferies Portable Engine
    Ransom's, Sims and Jefferies Portable Engine at Church Stratton Rally on August 5, 1963.
  • Clayton & Shuttleworth Engine
    The Clayton & Shuttle worth Engine owned by Mr. W. M. Salmon. This was taken at the Church Stratton Rally on August 5, 1963.

  • Old Settlers & Threshers Reunion
  • 20 Advance Rumely
  • Bletsoe Rally
  • Burrell Single Crank Compound Engine
  • English water wagon
  • Loucks Museum
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Advance outfit
  • Case engine
  • 8 hp Avery engine
  • Machine Shop
  • Direct Plough Engine
  • Wallis & Steevens Engine
  • Sims and Jefferies Portable Engine
  • Clayton & Shuttleworth Engine

E. R. Dugan writes.........

You've heard it said, 'close the door. Where were you born - in a saw mill?' Well, that's about where I came from. At the age of eleven I chopped slabs and fired a 13 hp Scott behind the saw mill. Dad ran the saw mill when the slabs were green and water soaked and I had a hard time keeping up steam until one day we got some coal to fire with the slabs. Then I made the little 13 hp Gaar Scott bark like a grey squirrel.

When spring opened up we graded roads. Then came threshing and clover hulling.

We lived on a farm near the Mobile & Ohio Railroad. There was an old locomotive engineer called Jim on this railroad that could quill the whistle like I never heard before or since. He could make it talk or cry. We used to receive a newspaper from the Nichols Shepard Threshing Machine Co. In it I saw a picture of a threshing outfit owned by Charles Harmon of Buffalo, Oklahoma. I wrote to him and asked him for a job running his engine. He replied, 'come on, the job is yours. We have a wonderful crop this year.'

One nice morning in June I heard old Jim coming up the railroad whistling as usual and I said to Dad, 'I am going to the Pan Handle to run a black monster.' That whistle of Jim's got me in a roaming mood.



I was seventeen years old then. I met Mr. C. Harmon at Buffalo, Oklahoma and ran his 25 hp Nichols Shepard for several seasons. That started the ball rolling. I slept in every straw pile and hay stack from the Pan Handle to Moose Jaw, Canada. I followed this for about twelve years, and I have run them all.

I was running a 25 hp Reeves at Pettibone, North Dakota, for Ernst Hornung. Finally, I took his daughter and left. Now we live here in Waterloo, Illinois. I have an airplane to fly as a hobby and fly to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa every year to the Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion. I have made them all and can't wait until September to attend the next Mt. Pleasant reunion.