Lynn L. Langsworthy writes. . . . . . . .


| May/June 1963



20th-century Engine

Here is a snapshot of the 20th-century Engine. I am at the right side of the engine.

4 Terrace Street, Alfred, New York

In the November-December, 1958 issue of the Album you show an early Iowa scene near Eldora, Iowa, courtesy of Vic Wintermantel, Bellevue, Pennsylvania. I cannot tell you who the men in the picture are but the rig is a Westinghouse 12 or 15 HP Tracttion Engine and about a 32 Westing house Thresher of near the 1800 or 1890 Vintage. These were very popular rigs in New York State for many years and were light and well adopted to the western New York and Penna. hills. The engines were very economical but not too good as tractions because of their comparative light weight. The Westinghouse Company was organized in 1834 by Geo. Westinghouse, Sr. and they started in Mineville, Montgomery Co., N. Y.; moved to Central Bridge, Schoharie Co. in 1836 and in 1856 the Company was enlarged and moved to Schenecttady, New York where they did a wonderful job of making fine threshing machinery until 1916.

In 1924 They reorganized at Shortsville, New York under the title, 'The Pioneer Threshing Company, Inc.' where they are still making completely equipped threshers. They are one of a very few and, perhaps the only, makers of portable no ncombine threshers today. They have not made steamers since 1916.

In my 17 years experience I used a St. Johnsville or Williams Thresher, Westinghouse and Case. As engines, I used a 6 HP Rogers Portable Steamer, S. W. Wood & Sons 16 HP Traction Engine and, at last, an Avery Gas Tractor.

A friend, Mr. Jack England, gave me a magazine to read and I don't want to miss any if I can help it. Being an operator of old steam engines I was indeed thrilled to see and read so much about them again. I think it is very interesting as it tells so much about the good old threshing days of years ago.

My father and I operated many Huber threshing engines and Huber road rollers, also the 20th. Century engine built in Boynton, Pennsylvania.