MEMOIRS


| September/October 1959



Frick steam engine

Frick steam engine owned by Andrew Fishelr and Leonard Hiter, Walerioo, Iowa. This fine piece comes from Tennessee and was on exhibit at the Iowa State Fair celebrating their 100th anniversary year, 1958.

R. R. 5, Box 47, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

(In three parts)

(This is Part II)

The Case separator was very popular in our vicinity then and I planned to buy one, although one or two in my run were partial to the Avery. So one day instead of going to Des Moines, Iowa headquarters, I started out to Peoria. I wanted to see the Avery factory and knowing Case had a branch house in Peoria, I knew I could look the Case over there also. I first went to Case. It was a hot day. I finally found a man in a chair with newspaper over his face, evidently asleep. When he roused. I told him I wanted to look at his separators, that I was thinking of buying one. He said, 'Where are you from?' I said 'Iowa.' That did it. Without another word he folded the paper over his face again and went back to sleep. Not so at Avery. When I got to the factory I read a sign 'Visitors call at the office'. I did, was given a yellow ribbon badge and provided a guide. He took me all over and through the plant, and was courtesy itself. It was there I saw my first Avery Undermounted engine. And I enjoyed a ride down in the yard on the first 18 hp. Avery built and which they used in their machinery loading department for years. I fell in love with the Avery Undermounted then and there, and I have never gotten over it.

They put my name down, and a short time lated a man from the Iowa house called on me, and I bought an Avery 36x60 Yellow Fellow separator to be delivered the next spring. When we started threshing with it I soon discovered the little 15 hp. wasn't big enough

That fall I discarded my 3 gang plows and bought 6-bottom P. and O. engine gang. And I didn't have enough power for either, it just pulled my engine terribly. So I went back to Avery and bought an 18 hp. Undermounted. It had power enough for the separator and the plow. That engine sure handled nice, and the men in the run liked it. It had to look out for bridges though, they were not strong enough for so heavy an engine. I found also that it was not good for spring plowing packed the ground too badly. So I sold the 6-bottom P and O plow, (I never liked it anyhow, too unhandy to throw in and out of the ground) and after a couple of years more with horses I bought my first farm tractor, a 12-25 Avery with a 4-bottom plow. I used it on my farm for several years, and its convenience, no waiting to fire up, etc., finally induced me to trade the Avery 18 in on a 40-80 Avery tractor. Somehow I never liked it quite so well as the little 18, and when it was stuck (slipping its drivers) the little 18 was walking off with its load.