Steam Engines & Threshing Machines

| July/August 2003

Log Hauling Update

Derek Rayner, 9 Beagle Ridge Drive, Acomb, York YO24 3JH (, alerts us to an error in the contact information at the end of his excellent article in the May/June 2003 issue, Log Hauling in California in the 1880s. We inadvertently dropped out a digit in his phone number, which should read: (00 44) 1904-781519.

DeLoach Mills

Regular contributor Thomas Downing, R.R. 3, Box 149A, Ellwood City, PA 16117, sent us a brief follow-up on his article on DeLoach Mills that appeared in the March/April 2003 issue of Steam Traction.

Tom says he was contacted shortly after the article appeared by Fred E. Wilder of St. Petersburg, Fla., who told him that a left hand DeLoach sawmill belted to a stationary steam engine is on display at the Georgia Agarama in Tifton, Ga. Fred says the sawmill is still functional and is used in demonstrations and for some custom sawing.

Traction Troubles

John Forney, 4131 E. Road, Bellwood, NE 68624, sends in pictures showing the aftermath of 1915 engine explosion and a Russell that fell through a bridge in 1925. John writes:

My father gave me these pictures some 50 years ago. The first three photos show a shelling outfit that blew up somewhere in western Nebraska. The crew was inside eating dinner, so nobody got hurt. I can't say for sure what kind of engine it was. If you look at the wheels, particularly the one that's resting on the cob pile, it does look a lot like a Case. Maybe someone can identify it.

The last picture is of a 1922 25 HP Russell; the thresher is a Minneapolis 36-64. Note the rope coming off the Russell's flywheel and the Hart-Parr tractor on the other end of the rope. When Mr. Shrader bought this thresher he ordered it with an extra-heavy tongue, and he told me years later, 'I'm sure glad I did, it saved my life.' They had to cut the drawbar pin out with a hacksaw. This all happened in 1925. I bought this thresher years later and pulled it with a 50 HP Case, and it gave that old 50 all it wanted.