My Memoirs


| July/August 1963



Steam engine

40 Avery we brought out of Oklahoma in 1958 and restored. Myself in cab.

Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

If I remember correctly, it is about 2 years, may be a little longer, since I wrote 'My Memoirs' and sent them to the Iron Men Album.

In them I undertook to describe some of my experiences with steam power on the farm and other uses back thru the years, and wound up with the story of the trip my son Bob and I made to Oklahoma in the spring of 1958, when we brought out the 40 H.P. Avery undermounted Steam plowing engine and restored it.

Since then we have taken it, each fall, together with the 18 H.P. Undemounted Avery we procured a few years earlier, (just one jump ahead of the junk dealers), to the Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion here at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

Since those Memoirs appeared in the Album, I have had repeated requests from visitors to the reunions and from steam friends here, to add some more to them. So far I have hesitated, fearing anything I could add would be an anticlimax. But the requests have continued, so here goes, and I hope you will not be disappointed. I think this 2nd installment will be to tell you how I got that way. A rather long story in itself.

But just a moment to give Bob Jr. credit for making it possible to preserve these two specimens of my favorite engines. I owned two of them in the past and found them to be powerful, reliable and easy to handle. the first an 18 H.P., then a 40 H.P.