OLD WINE Of MEMORIES


| May/June 1969



Peerless Portable Steam Engine

Courtesy of Denis McCormack, 180 John Anderson Drive, Ormond Beach, Florida 32074. This beautiful Peerless portable steam engine was restored and exhibited by Walter B. Clement of Auburn, Alabama 36830. That's Walter tending the engine. This engine soon w

Denis McCormack

Painswick, Ontario, Canada

First of all, let us say, please do not apologize for increasing the subscription cost of the 'Album'- we're sure you will not have any complaints a magazine as unique as the 'Album' is worth the price. Besides, everything must go up occasionally just like wages and cost of living.

We certainly do enjoy the magazine, and came upon it quite by chance. A friend loaned us a couple of old copies, so we wrote inquiring about subscriptions, not knowing if you were still in business.

We would not fall into the 'Old Timers' category, but can just recall the end of the steam traction era as it finished in this part of Ontario in the Twenties. The last steamer I can remember working, came to our farm with a stone-crusher and broke up a large pile of field and old foundation stone my father had sold to the Township for road building.

We were fortunate enough to get in on the threshing and silo filling bees in the district in the Thirties and Forties. There were two outfits - one a McCormick-Deering 15-30 with a 36' McCormick separator and the other a 28-50 Hart-Parr with a 36' Goodison Machine.

We had the latter outfit thresh at my father's farm. I will always remember the owner of that outfit, He was a real Iron-Man, - but not steam. His first set that I can recall was a 15-30 Case, about a 1922 model (complete with roof) and a steel 32' Case machine. About 1927 he traded the Case tractor on a brand new 28-50 Hart-Parr and a 36' Goodison wooden thresher. That was an excellent machine with very good capacity and of course the big Hart-Parr just laughed its way along with it.