| May/June 1974

4375 W. Oregon Road Lapeer, Michigan 48446

On August 4, 1973 the annual day for thrashing and sawmilling was held on the Robert Nelson Farm, 5 miles west of Lapeer, Michigan.

The weather was just right, Just a sunny warm summer day.

To back up a bit, the Nelsons and there are 3 of them, Grandfather, Son and Grandson, all interested in steam and related subjects, purchased a Red River Special Thrasher, Port Huron-19 h.p. Steam Traction Engine and a 8 ft. Cut Grain Binder, equipped for power take-off.

The Grandson who is just 12 years old completely rebuilt and painted the grain binder while Grandpa and Dad, along with help of many neighbors and friends put the separator and engine up into working order.

The binder did a good job of cutting and binding wheat. 12 year old Bob drove the tractor and his Dad operated the binder. Neither of these people had done any grain binding before. It was a great experience for them.