| September/October 1957

Box 61, New Ulm, Minnesota

IN REGARDS TO the 'Two Blower Thresher' article in the May-June, 1957 issue, will say I know this blower. A neighbor of ours up in Pembina County, North Dakota, had a machine with this blower. It was a Randolph Double Tube Blower. It was adjusted on a ball and socket principle. It did not have much swing either vertically or horizontally and had a plain hood to deflect straw down. It seemed to work fine except for very limited swing.

There were other 'freak' blowers made and in use in our neighborhood such as Fosston, which had a very large diameter tube. Then there was a Maplebay that had a very wide tube, almost the width of the separator. This blower was made so that the straw did not enter the fan but was blown by air force only. This blower made a very loud humming noise that could be heard for miles away. All these three blowers worked fine, except for having little adjustment. They could not be swung around like most other blowers.

I would like to hear from some of the old timers, that have a certain amount of smoke, oil and steam in their makeup. Did you ever hear of, or see, any engines called the Ames? There was one in our area. Back in the days of steam when there was a rig on every other farm. It seems this was a return flue with, if I am not mistaken, a dry bottom boiler. I was just a kid on my father's farm then but I remember this Ames engine very well. I guess we never forget these things no matter how old we get.

I never owned a rig myself, but my brother owned and operated a 27 hp. Minneapolis return flue engine and had a large separator. I worked on rigs from the time I was 11 years old for many seasons. I will have to say that I, like so many others, miss the old steam outfits very much. I fired with straw a 30 hp. Avery two seasons. Also fired and run a 36hp. Minneapolis for two seasons. Around our home there were a great many Minneapolis rigs, also Case, Avery, Reeves and some Gaar Scott and Advance. I hope this information on the double tube blower answers William Gayer's inquiry. I sure enjoy reading the letters from the fellows as they appear in the wonderful IRON-MEN ALBUM. So will close the throttle and bank the fire with best wishes to all the old timers and the ALBUM staff.

While in Chicago last March for a nationwide sales meeting held by the company for whom I work, I tried reaching you by telephone. I had an interesting bit of information for you but found the issue had gone to press. Since then there has been so little time to write that now I have waited until subscription renewal time for the ALBUM. The enclosed is for my renewal and gift subscription as noted.


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