An operator who furnished a full crew to operate a steam thresher

| November/December 1952

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Salina, Kansas

A young man who lived 31/2 miles south-west of Salina was in the market for a complete steam threshing rig in the spring of 1911. We first met at that time. He was a strong man and did much more work than the average man could do. His hair was thick and black and his eyes dark. He dressed well and his appearance was good. He was unmarried.

When I called to see him, he owned and had operated a 20 H.P. engine and a wood frame separator, three years. He had decided to trade machinery.

The examination of the machinery revealed, at least one third of the cylinder teeth were bent, broken or missing. The condition of the cylinder indicated his reason for trading. The cylinder seemed of poor construction. With an operator, who showed machinery no mercy, a cylinder of that kind greatly reduced the efficiency of a separator. It changed it from a profit making to a money losing machine.

An operator who furnished a full crew to operate a steam thresher paid and fed them could not take chances with a separator that would not stand abuse, thresh, separate, clean and save the grains. Bushels were the first requisite. Notes could not be paid and men paid and fed without them. Threshing wheat in Kansas was a business. There were no holidays.

The prospect ordered a 26 H.P. rear mounted compound Advance engine mounted upon a LeFevre boiler and a 36-60 separator fully equipped.