ONE OF THE FIRST BUILT
Ernest Cox, of 1200 Cincinnati Street, Lafayette, Indiana, sends us this picture of a Model Case engine built by Mr. Carter Dalton of Boswell, Indiana. This was at the Pioneer Engineers Club. The ladies are, left to right: Mrs. Ernest Cox and Mrs. Lou Pol
About seventy years ago my father bought a used Huber engine and separator together with a Victor clover huller. It was the first traction engine in this neighborhood and right there, by firing while threshing and sometimes steering on the road, the trend of my life may have been set. So you see why this renewal.
The engine was one of the first built. The cylinder was low down in front of the right hand driver with the crankshaft crossing above the standard Huber boiler. The throttle, accessible only from the ground, was down near the steam chest so the only control while standing on the deck was by the reverse lever, which moved in a vertical plane through a circle with the center notch being at the top. The governor belt was always left on, but at that it could give a rabbit pointers on taking off. Being a young boy I was not allowed to tackle it, but steering it and trying to keep the front wheels on the buggy track in the dust was, I felt a big thing. My experience includes the entire era of threshing every year since, as I did it until the combine took over three or four years ago, a span of nearly 70 years. Hence my interest in your publication.
Many things tragic or comic, are in memory. The changes to come are to be built upon those of the past. Best wishes.