Lettters


| July/August 1957



IT'S NOT A PORTABLE

In your March-April issue of the ALBUM, page 6, you have pictured a Minnesota Giant engine in action at Cottage Grove, Minn. You have called it a portable but this is not correct. It is a traction engine it has Master gears in the drive wheels also cleats on the drive wheels and skid rings on the front wheels. True, it has a driver seat in front as all engines of that time had them. About 1890 my father bought a Minnesota Giant 12 hp. new. It had wooden jacket on boiler, seat, hinge stock, tongue and neck yoke, double and single trees, but was a full traction with steering wheel all complete. In your picture you can see the master gears in drive wheels just over the water barrel at the side of the engine. I well remember father's old Giant as I fired it on a sawmill when 12 years old and she was a hard steamer. I am now 66 years old and threshed until 2 years ago. Still have my rig but it was a gas rig Advance Rumley, engine and separator still in good shape. I would like to hear from some of the old boys.

CLARENCE MORGAN, Memphis, Missouri

TIME TO RENEW AGAIN

Time to renew again and it is the best two bucks I spend. What I like best about it is the stories written by the old timers and the experiences people have retrieving old engines Oh! sure I enjoy the pictures and ads. I came into this world too late to be an old timer, but I love steam just the same. I keep my Case 50 shedded all the time. I did thresh five acres of oats last summer.

I have an old wooden 32' A. R. separator. Quite a crowd attended the event, women, kids and all. It was just a small show but plenty of work for an inexperienced person to handle.

There is something especially nice I think, about this steam engine and old time threshing business that I think needs saying. In this day in which we live great value is placed on youth. Factories call men in their 40's too old to hire. Jobs everywhere reject age in place of less competent youth. Perhaps there is some reason for it but it seems to me a waste and a disgrace. Now when it comes to these threshing reunions this is one place where the old timers shine. The old boys can take care of an engine and age does not count. Their years of experience are of great value then and no young fellow is about to get that job. Far be it from myself or any other clear thinking younger fellow to begrudge them their place at the throttle. Even though I run my own engine here at home, I am contented to just look, whenever reunion time rolls around.

Enough said! Just keep the ALBUM rolling.