Farm Collector


By Staff


My July-August IRON-MEN came last week, and I enjoyed it as I do
all the rest.

Your guess as to the cover photo threshing scene in South
Dakota, stating your guess was that the engine was a Heilman. Take
a look at t engine in the June issue (1956) of Engineers and
Engines Magazine on page 24 and you will find it is a J. I. Case.
Also in Machine’s of Plenty an, dream Power on the Farm, shows
similar Case engines, although these last mentioned do not have the
chain drive as the one in E and E Magazine

A Mr. Al Davis, who’s story in the last issue, said he
visited in Grinned Iowa and made a trip out about a mile of town to
see a 16 hp. Gaar-Scott engine. I too made the same trip to see it
in February 1959. However, I went with the owner, Mr. Leonard
Newton. He was kind enough to take me out there on a cold and snowy
day and we didn’t take too much time to look it over very well.
Mr. Newton told me he had it in real good running order, but
‘was going to do some more work on it such as, painting and
putting a fine little awning around the edge of the canopy. I
surely enjoyed my little visit with Mr. Newton as he is a very kind
and fine man. He also has a real collection of good photos of steam
engines and also steam thresher catalogs. I hope you will run this
letter in the ALBUM, so Mr. Newton will know that some on. else was
interested in his little 16 hp. Gaar Scott. I believe he told me it
was a 1912.

I was interested in Mr. Davis’s letter as he mentioned
threshing around Webb and Marathon, Iowa. I was raised near Lake
City, Iowa and that isn’t too far from the towns he mentioned.
Perhaps he will drop me a line, and we can exchange some stories
about the threshing days back there.

Well, Sir, I have taken up some of your time, perhaps too much,
so will close this and hope you are in fine health and that you
will enjoy t summer shows coming up.

HOWARD MOYER, 309 East 7th Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming


The engine in the picture you used on your July-August magazine
on front cover is J. I. Case. The style built from 1876 to 1885. It
has locomotive guide crosshead and is called Bar Guide Engine. It
has a built-up chain and a counter shaft back of fire box but has
side mounted drivers, is horse steered.

I have a cut of this engine from a Case repair book.

FRANK J. STEBRITZ, 414 N. Minnesota St., Algona, Iowa


Mr. Charles W. Tadlock, 6360 Washington Ave., St. Louis 5, Mo.,
suggest that someone write the history or story of the ‘Farmers
Friend’ wind stacker for the ALBUM. Is there one among us -who
could and would write this story? We would be happy with hundreds
of others if you do.


I have just received my copy of the ALBUM, and I am well pleased
with it. I have been operating Steam boilers and Engines for 46
years. I now operate one of the few Steam Saw Mills in central

T get disgusted when I hear people refer to Steam Power as old
fashioned or out-moded. I wonder if they know that more than 75% of
the power in the United States is produced by steam, or that
electricity can be produced cheaper by steam than water power.

I read an article in the ALBUM by Harry W. Hinson, regarding
Huber engines. The early Hubers used straight boilers and Ground
spokes in traction wheels.

PORTER C. MORROW, R. D. 2, Frazeysburg, Ohio

  • Published on Sep 1, 1959
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