| September/October 1954

Spokane, Washington History of the Largest Steam Traction Engines

I believe Mr. J. M. Anderson of Fullerton, North Dakota, had one of the largest and most powerful of steam traction engines. This was a Minneapolis double cylinder, tandem compound and rated 45 hp. on the draw bar. It had the famous double counter shaft drive but the drive wheels were side mounted. This engine would haul sixteen 14 inch plows and when used for threshing was hooked to a 44x70 Minneapolis Special separator equipped with a Ruth Self Feeder, Dakota grain weigher and Fuss ton Wind Stacker. If I were to name the thresher man of all times Jack Anderson would get all the votes. His father-in-law was the engineer (Chas. Hanson). The crew was made up of separator man, water hauler, coal hauler, two cooks, night watchman, three spike pitchers and 14 to 16 bundle wagons. Mr. Anderson had more machine and more of everything so I name him the Champ thresher of all times and I have seen all of the big fast machines. The record of fast threshing is supposed to be held by the old Advance Thresher Co. of Battle Creek, Mich., and was established in 1904 at Grand Forks, North Dakota. Using a 44x70 Special Advance separator built for experimental purposes and pulled by a 26 hp. Advance tandem compound, this outfit turned out 4,400 bushels of North Dakota hard wheat in a ten-hour day. I think if Mr. Anderson had kept record, he would have won the medals for fast threshing anywhere. Mr. Anderson has been a close friend of mine for the past forty years and if you folks are lucky enough to meet him, just remove your 'bonnet' and address him as 'howdy champ'. He lives at Fullerton, North Dakota.