| November/December 1978

  • Abram E. Johnson on engine
    Threshing oats on the Grover Swank farm near Marion, August 10, 1963. 1912 40 HP Case engine. Engineer and owner, Abram E. Johnson on engine. 22-37 Case separator Hellis DeLyser feeding.

  • Abram E. Johnson on engine

Corydon, Iowa 50060

After the war ended in Europe in 1945, I had a 3-day pass to Paris, France, and when this was over I had seen some of the high spots but knew I really hadn't seen much of Paris. This year on July 8, I spent around 10 hours at the Mark Twain Threshers Show at Paris, Missouri, and felt the same way.

Earl Raines, of Eldon, Missouri had twisted my arm to come to this show. Earl is a man who you can give a pair of tin snips, a file and some scrap metal and he will make an engine. Earl has a flock of engines in Eldon but said he got tired of loading them in a trailer and towing a trailer to shows, so he started making models. In six weeks time, or less, this year he had made a hot air engine. In his exhibit he had 5 model engines (he has more at home). One engine he brought was a single cylinder upright Maytag he had made from a twin cylinder Maytag. Earl had used a different flywheel and designed his own ignition system. He had this engine belted to a 12 volt motor which was hooked to a 12 volt motorcycle battery and when he wanted to start this engine, he pushed a switch and the motor started the Maytag. After the engine was started, the 12 volt motor became a generator and recharged the battery. He had a walking beam engine which was made from some Clinton engine parts, and anything else he could find. He had a small hopper-cooled double flywheel gas engine, I would say not over 10' long. My wife wanted to swipe this one, but Earl had it bolted down. His other engine was an upright water-cooled engine of which he had made nearly everything, including the radiator.

Close to Earl's exhibit was an exhibit of Leonard Stroup of Pilot Grove, Missouri. Leonard had made the smallest Case traction engine model I have ever seen. He also had a tiny upright steam engine running a merry-go-round. He was running this with compressed air during the show.

Wayne Lupton of Denver, Colorado had a table full of models. In a quick count, I counted 5 steam engines, 4 separators, a gas 20-46 Case, 15-30 Rumely Oil Pull, a Mogul gas engine running a hay baler, 2 teams with grain wagons and I probably missed some. Most of these were running on compressed air.

Ed Chick of Winono, Minnesota, brought two nice Fuller & Johnson models of the Model N 1920 and he rated them HP.


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