PAST AND PRESENT

Steam Engines & Threshing Machines

| November/December 2003

  • # Picture 01
    Gladkowski Photo #1: Steam-powered portable electric plant used for circus duty.
  • Lynn Mix and 19 HP Port Huron
    Mix Photo #1: Lynn Mix and 19 HP Port Huron at the 1965 Michigan Steam Engine and Thresher Club Show.
  • Lynn Mix running the 19 HP Baker
    Mix Photo #2: Lynn Mix running the 19 HP Baker, engine no. 1520, in the late 1970s.
  • Case engine
    Mix Photo #3: Case engine no. 1 at the 1955 Century of Progress exhibit held at Michigan State University, Lansing, Mich.
  • Advance engine
    Mix Photo #5: Advance engine featured on old post card. The post card has no information about the engine or place and time.
  • Avery undermount
    Mix Photo #4: Avery undermount at the 1955 Century of Progress exhibit held at Michigan State University, Lansing, Mich.
  • Aultman Star
    Stebritz Photo #2: Aultman Star 35 HP undermounted shown on the back cover of a 1907 C. Aultman catalog.
  • Unidentified engine
    Mix Photo #7: Yet another post card photo, with yet another Advance. The second engine is unidentified.
  • Advance engine
    Mix Photo #6: Another post card photo, showing yet another Advance engine, most likely a 16 HP. Time and place unknown.
  • Kitten engine
    Spalding Photo #1: Another view of the two-pass Kitten engine.

  • # Picture 01
  • Lynn Mix and 19 HP Port Huron
  • Lynn Mix running the 19 HP Baker
  • Case engine
  • Advance engine
  • Avery undermount
  • Aultman Star
  • Unidentified engine
  • Advance engine
  • Kitten engine

CENTURY OF PROGRESS

Regular contributor Larry Mix, 2075 Coburn Road, Hastings, MI 49058 (crazyhorsel3@hotmail.com) chimes in again this issue, sending along some great photos. Larry writes:

Several people have asked me to send in more pictures for Steam Traction, so here you go.

Photo #1 is a picture of my dad, Lynn Mix, who passed away in 1993. This was taken at the Michigan Steam Engine and Thresher Club Show in 1965. The engine is our 19 HP Port Huron, engine no. 7991, belted up to our Perkins shingle mill. I'm running the engine; I have no idea who the man at the left is. I still have the shingle mill, but I don't know who owns the Port Huron now.

Photo #2 is my dad on our 19 HP Baker, engine no. 1520. The photo was taken in the late 1970s, and the Baker is now owned by Bill Kennedy.



The next two photos were taken at the Century of Progress exhibit at Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., in 1955. I was there, but at four years of age I don't remember much about it. I asked several people to help me identify the engines and people in the pictures, but I haven't had much luck. However, Dick Watson has helped me with some information.

Photo #3 is Case engine no. 1 from the Smithsonian Institution's collection. Hard to believe that Case no. 1 was there, but my good friend Dick Watson was at the exhibit and he says it was indeed Case no. 1.