M. M. BAKER LOOKS BACK AT 80

Walls of the Baker basement office covered with reminders of a busy life


| November/December 1952



Holt of Stockton

F. HAL HIGGINS

Peorian recalls life as Salesman, District Representative, Dealer, Branch Manager, Promoter, Financier, Manufacturer, in Aultman, Colean, Buffalo Pitts, Autos and Caterpillars

'EAST IS EAST AND WEST IS WEST'

HOLT OF STOCKTON AND THEIR NO. 33 POSE BESIDE THIS GEISER 'PEERLESS' FROM PENNSYLVANIA. THE NEW MODEL WAS UNDOUBTEDLY ONE BUILT SPECIALLY FOR A BIG JOB, POSSIBLY LOGGING. NOTE THE WENCH ON THE FRONT FOR LOADING, PULLING ITSELF OUT OF MUD-HOLES, ETC. PHOTO FROM F. HAL HIGGINS

(Ed. note: We are always glad to hear from Mr. F. Hal Higgins of 90 Grand View Place, Walnut Creek, Calif. We think he is the greatest living Agricultural Historian. Periodically he makes an interesting contribution to the ALBUM. You will get a little idea of his genuine interest in us by reading the following note.

'Dear Editor: Been busier than the proverbial feline on the metal roof on a July noon, but each time I pick up my copy of your Publication, I promise to take a couple hours and put together something that has turned up from the steam engine world that might interest your readers. When Mr. Baker hauled out a picture of himself swinging a scythe at one of the old time threshmen's days in Illinois, I knew your Corn Belt Boys could understand that. Also, his place in the history of modern as well as old farm equipment is secure. He is not only a 'big boy' in his home town but a giant in any list of men who built this modern mechanized U. S.

'Drop in when you get out this way, editors and steam tractor fans.')