LETTERS


| November/December 1961

  • Sawyer Massey rear-mount plowing engine
    One inch scale working model of Sawyer Massey rear-mount plowing engine the first trip out-of-doors in 1954 and yours truly, maker.
    W. E. Dearing
  • Portable electric steam generating plant
    Portable electric steam generating plant in operation at Loren M. Wade's steam threshing at Tracy, Calif., Oct. 1960. Built and operated by Glenn Weagant of Stockton, Calif. (110 volt AC)
    Jack K. Williams
  • 24 head of mules and horses
    14 foot side hill Harris harvester pulled by 24 head of mules and horses, in operation on Ducat Bro. ranch near La Grange, Calif., in about 1927-28. My late father-in-law standing by sack chute on right, his brother driving and my brother-in-law and my wi
    Jack K. Williams
  • Mutt and Jeff
    'Mutt and Jeff' - 16 hp Russell belted to 2 inch scale wooden Case separator at Mikkelson's, Silverton, Oregon, Aug. 1960. In background, Leon Gifford and in front, Roy Heinrich.
    Jack K. Williams
  • 1885 - 15 hp Westinghouse engine
    1885 - 15 hp Westinghouse engine owned by Willis Smith, Springfield, Oregon, at Mikkelson's, Aug. 1960
    Jack K. Williams
  • Sawyer Massey 76 hp engine
    Sawyer Massey 76 hp engine No. 4077 at Regina, Sask., Canada.
    W. E. Dearing
  • 16-48 Aultman-Taylor engine
    16-48 Aultman-Taylor engine owned by P. A. Miller, Modesto, Calif. I am standing on left of drive wheel. Mr. Miller is on right of the driver, a friend behind him and my 8 year old twin boys seated on tool box.
    Jack K. Williams
  • Sawyer Massey 17 hp engine
    Sawyer Massey 17 hp engine No. 3854 western type straw burner, taken in 1960. Owner, W. E. Dearing.
    W. E. Dearing
  • 23-90 Baker
    23-90 Baker as it is today.
    Gene Drummond
  • Doern letter
    See Doern letter. Courtesy of Leo J. Doern, Portland 2, Oregon
    Leo J. Doern
  • Condition 23-90 Baker Special
    Condition 23-90 Baker Special was in when we bought it. Engine No. 17888 and built in 1928. Owned by Bob and Gene Drummond.
    Gene Drummond
  • 8 furrow engine
    My 30-60 Aultman-Taylor No. 4071 and 8 furrow engine plow working southwest of Ottawa, Illinois.
    Glen W. Thomas
  • Doern letter
    See Doern letter. Courtesy of Leo J. Doern, Portland 2, Oregon
    Leo J. Doern
  • Doern letter
    See Doern letter. Courtesy of Leo J. Doern, Portland 2, Oregon
    Leo J. Doern

  • Sawyer Massey rear-mount plowing engine
  • Portable electric steam generating plant
  • 24 head of mules and horses
  • Mutt and Jeff
  • 1885 - 15 hp Westinghouse engine
  • Sawyer Massey 76 hp engine
  • 16-48 Aultman-Taylor engine
  • Sawyer Massey 17 hp engine
  • 23-90 Baker
  • Doern letter
  • Condition 23-90 Baker Special
  • 8 furrow engine
  • Doern letter
  • Doern letter

MR. DEARING WRITES:

The 1905 picture shown on page 23 of Mar-April 1961 ALBUM is of an L. D. Sawyer engine, which firm was later the Sawyer & Massey Co. and Mr. Watson's brother William, age 85 years, living here in Regina, is a good friend of mine. William was quite enthused when I told him of the picture. We both have a lot in common, boyhood steam thresher-men followed by a life of railroading due to our mutual regard for steam. Who could not appreciate the music of an engine with Southern valve gear, making good time, rolling around and bouncing, with the resultant exhaust variations? Or just as nice, a heavy, nicely-set-up engine on a drag? We are not going to hear them any more - ever - and that makes one sad. It is nice though that we have some dear old tractor friends still alive which we can polish and play with when the opportunity warrants. Sometimes it would seem that the word 'play' should be changed to 'work'.

In the Nov-Dec issue on page 31 the engine shown was not a Waterloo but either a Port Huron or a Robert Bell, made in Seaforth Ontario, which two engines were very similar in appearance. With reference to the 'stack' shown on the following page, while far from handsome, it would serve its purpose immensely better than the later, fancy-waisted short stack but in the early days there were no overhead wires, not even many clothes lines, which sometimes did not count.

During my hunts for engines back through the years, and I can truthfully say that is over fifty years and with having found several hundreds of same, there are a few unusual items which come to mind, which probably none but real old-timers may recall such as: American Abel (maybe John Abel) steam tractor with a 'link' valve gear and a spherically enlarged fireproof stack.

An American Abel 20 hp side mounted Cross Compound engine, about 1895. A Sawyer Massey engine with a water bottom firebox. A Sawyer Massey engine, the firebox sheets of which were flanged outward to meet the outer sheets, similar to a Case, and a feature they would later on wish they could deny.



With retirement only two years away I am looking forward keenly to visiting various re-unions and trying to live over again some of the old memories. Gone though are the days when we were kids and when one's neighbors were as of our own and there is no denying that the use of steam contributed to this in large part. Long may we cherish the memories!

W. E. DEARING
Chief Despatcher C. N. R.
Regina, Sask., Canada



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