PAST AND PRESENT

Steam Engines & Threshing Machines

| January/February 2003

  • # Picture 01
    Spalding Photo # 1
  • MINNEAPOLIS
    YAEGER PHOTO #7: MINNEAPOLIS STRAW-BURNER AND THRESHER.
  • GEISER
    BOS IMAGE #1: 1893 GEISER DRAWING FEATURED AT THE CHICAGO EXPOSITION.
  • Holt steam traction engine
    YAEGER PHOT0#6: POSTCARD SHOWING A 60 HP HOLT STEAM TRACTION ENGINE PULLING WITH SIX DISK PLOWS, LOCATION UNKNOWN.
  • FRICK
    HAMILTON PHOTO #1: ORIGINAL OWNERS OF FRICK NUMBER 28803.
  • # Picture 02
    SPALDING PHOTO #2
  • # Picture 03
    SPALDING PHOTO #3
  • # Picture 04
    SPALDING PHOTO #4
  • CASE
    YAEGER PHOTO #1: GARY YAEGER'S 15 HP 1909 CASE, ENGINE NUMBER 21743, AND HIS 1925 FORD MODEL TT AFTER ARRIVAL AT GARY'S ''NEW'' HOME NEAR KALISPELL, MONT.
  • Avery gas tractor
    YAEGER PHOTO #2: HOUSE MOVING IN LEWISTON, MONT., WITH AN AVERY GAS TRACTOR, A 30 HP UNDER-MOUNTED AVERY AND A 40-120 Z-3 GEISER-PEERLESS.
  • ADVANCE COMPOUND
    YAEGER PHOTO #3: ADVANCE COMPOUND AND THRESHER SOMEWHERE IN MONTANA.
  • Gaar-Scott threshing
    YAEGER PHOTO #5: SIDE-MOUNTED GAAR-SCOTT THRESHING NEAR NORTHWOOD, S.D.
  • Harvester
    YAEGER PHOTO #4: AN EARLY BEST (POSSIBLY A REMINGTON?) PULLING A HARVESTER.

  • # Picture 01
  • MINNEAPOLIS
  • GEISER
  • Holt steam traction engine
  • FRICK
  • # Picture 02
  • # Picture 03
  • # Picture 04
  • CASE
  • Avery gas tractor
  • ADVANCE COMPOUND
  • Gaar-Scott threshing
  • Harvester

New York Engines

Steve Davis, 654 Route 20, West Winfield, NY 13491 (e-mail: sdavis9953@aol.com), writes in this issue with a plea for anyone having information on companies that operated in New York making agricultural steam engines. Steve writes:

For many years I have tried to see how many New York state-based makers of farm-type steam engines I could identify. Many years ago Iron-Men Album published my findings up to that time. I have found a few more since, and would like to see an updated list published. But before this occurs I would like to ask for assistance from readers it is inevitable that others have pictures or information of which I am unaware.

The bulk of production in New York was by a small number of firms, such as Buffalo-Pitts, S.W. Wood and Westinghouse. But many engines were produced by very small concerns. When I first began my research I intended to include stationary engines, but I soon realized that made it a much larger subject than I was prepared to tackle. I would like to see someone tackle that and would be more than happy to assist.

If anyone has any information (ads, pictures) or leads I would welcome any type of assistance.



Steam-Powered Press

Don F. Gilbert, 21230 Shady Grove Road, Siloam Springs, AR 72761, (479) 524-9883 (e-mail: 74617, 2270@compuserve.com), is looking for help locating a period steam engine to run a printing press. Don writes:

We are developing a Historic Adventist Village in Battle Creek, Mich., and within this village we will locate a reconstruction of the first steam-powered press in the state of Michigan. We have secured a single-cylinder roller press that dates to that time. The original press was an Adams Press, but we have not been able to find an Adams of that vintage.