PAST AND PRESENT

Steam Engines & Threshing Machines

| July/August 2004

  • Steam traction engine
    Small Photo #1 : Lance Barnes' ''Mighty Little Nichols'' ''pulling'' the 20-bottom John Deere plow at Belgrade, Mont, in 1996.
  • Rice & Sargent heavy-duty Corliss steam engine
    Hale Photo #1: A Rice & Sargent heavy-duty Corliss steam engine.
  • Craig Clark and his 19-65 HP Baker
    Smith Photo #1: Craig Clark and his 19-65 HP Baker give a spark show at the 2003 Doughty Valley Show.
  • Threshing spelts with Ray Miller's 23-90 HP Baker
    Smith Photo #2: Threshing spelts with Ray Miller's 23-90 HP Baker at the 2003 Doughty Valley Show.
  • Leader engine

  • Buffalo-Pitts road locomotive hauling granite
    Yaeger Photo #2 : Postcard showing a Buffalo-Pitts road locomotive hauling granite in Fitzwilliam, N.H., in 1906.
  • Buffalo-Pitts road locomotive hauling silver ore in Armstead
    Yaeger Photo #1: Buffalo-Pitts road locomotive hauling silver ore in Armstead, Mont, circa 1915.
  • Stationary steam engine

  • 50 HP engine

  • Stationary steam engine

    John Ross
  • Double-cylinder engine
    Small Photo #3: Daniel Anderson's 35 HP 1905 Buffalo-Pitts.
  • Double-cylinder Nichols & Shepard
    Small Photo #4: Bill Kennedy's 25-85 HP 1915 double-cylinder Nichols & Shepard.
  • Engine
    Small Photo #2 : Chady Atteberry's 20 HP 1913 under-mounted Avery Alberta-Saskatchewan Special.
  • Engine
    Small Photo #5: Cliff Foster's 40-120 HP 1907 double-cylinder Geiser Z3.
  • Engine
    Small Photo #8 : Plowing at the 2002 James Valley Threshing Show, viewed from the back of the pack.
  • 110 HP 1911 Case plowing with 14-bottom John Deere plow
    Small Photo #6: Kevin Anderson and David Fie's 110 HP 1911 Case plowing with 14-bottom John Deere plow.
  • # Picture 01
    Small Photo #7 : Plowing at the 2002 James Valley Threshing Show, Andover, S.D. What a lineup!
  • Keck-Gonnerman steam traction engine
    Eastes Photo #1: 18 HP 1913 Keck-Gonnerman.

  • Steam traction engine
  • Rice & Sargent heavy-duty Corliss steam engine
  • Craig Clark and his 19-65 HP Baker
  • Threshing spelts with Ray Miller's 23-90 HP Baker
  • Leader engine
  • Buffalo-Pitts road locomotive hauling granite
  • Buffalo-Pitts road locomotive hauling silver ore in Armstead
  • Stationary steam engine
  • 50 HP engine
  • Stationary steam engine
  • Double-cylinder engine
  • Double-cylinder Nichols & Shepard
  • Engine
  • Engine
  • Engine
  • 110 HP 1911 Case plowing with 14-bottom John Deere plow
  • # Picture 01
  • Keck-Gonnerman steam traction engine

SMALL AT LARGE

Regular contributor Kevin Small, P.O. Box 92, 1279 Perry Highway, Portersville, PA 16051, writes in again this issue, wondering about a Watertown engine and sending in some fine engine photos. Kevin writes:

I'd like to comment on the Watertown steam traction engine featured in Spalding's Corner in the March/April 2004 issue. On page 23 of the July/August 1956 Iron-Men Album, there is a photo of an 1889 Watertown engine owned by Edward Rabas of Oconto Falls, Wis.

I do not know if Rabas still owns this engine or not, but I'm sure this engine still exists. If any readers have a current photo of this engine, please send it to Steam Traction.

Here are several more steam traction engine photos. I'd like to dedicate Photo #1 to my good friend Randy Schwerin of Sumner, Iowa, who owns a fine little 1893 10 HP Nichols & Shepard. This engine is either a 13 HP or a 16 HP Nichols & Shepard built around 1900 'pulling' the 20-bottom John Deere plow at Belgrade, Mont., in 1996. Dave Vanek of Lewistown, Mont., is the engineer. Lance Barnes of Belgrade owns the 'Mighty Little Nichols.' What do you think Randy? Now that's horsepower!



Photo #2 is a 1913 20 HP Avery Alberta-Saskatchewan Special owned by Chady Atteberry of Blackwell, Okla. This engine spent its working life in the Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, area. In the early 1950s, it was purchased from a Mr. Ross by the late Louis David of Northville, Mich., and moved to Leroy Blaker's farm in Ohio. The engine came to Oklahoma in the 1970s, and at that time it belonged to the late Ivan Burns. This engine is in excellent condition Chady is very proud of it, and rightly so.

Photo #3 shows a 1905 35 HP Buffalo-Pitts owned by Daniel Anderson of Christine, N.D. This is a big 8-l/2-by-12-inch double-cylinder engine. The late Jacob Johnson of Christine, N.D., originally bought it new in 1905, using the engine for custom threshing for some 28 years with a 41-by-66-inch Buffalo-Pitts threshing machine. Carl and Joseph Anderson bought the engine in 1938 it is still in the family today, owned by Carl's son, Daniel. This photo was taken in 1996 at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion at Rollag, Minn.