PAST AND PRESENT

Steam Engines & Threshing Machines

| September/October 2004

  • 19 HP Keck-Gonnerman
    Ross Photos #3 : Joe Wensphal's 19 HP Keck-Gonnerman in 1951.
  • Under-mounted Avery
    Under-mounted Avery supposedly belonged to Louis David;
  • 25 HP engine
    Ross Photos #4: 25 HP(?) Illinois spotted at Pontiac, III., in 1953.
  • 20 HP A.W. Stevens
    Ross Photos #5: 20 HP A.W. Stevens at Pontiac, Ill., in 1953
  • 12 HP cross-compound Case
    Ross Photos #6: circa-1893 12 HP cross-compound Case, also in 1953.
  • Bill Rutdlege's Kitten
    Ross Photos #7: Bill Rutdlege's Kitten hooked up to the sawmill at Pontiac, Ill., in 1952
  • 80 HP Case
    Ross Photos #8: Wilbur Collins' 80 HP Case getting ready to pull a Canton Monitor portable in the Parade at Pontiac, Ill., in 1952
  • Steam engine designed
    Gladkowski Photos #1: Steam engine designed for use in small airplanes by brothers George and William Besler in 1933.
  • Portable steam engine
    Ross Photos #9: Portable steam engine of unknown make spotted at Pontiac, Ill., in 1953. Can anyone identify this engine
  • Small airplanes
    Gladkowski Photos #2: Steam engine designed for use in small airplanes by brothers George and William Besler in 1933.
  • A Port Huron
    Clare Davidson removing a rear driver from a Port Huron;
  • 20 HP 1910 Jumbo
    Hart Photo #1: A trio of unidentified men check out Charles Beul's 20 HP 1910 Jumbo after the Gasconade River flooded in 1915.
  • 20 HP Jumbo

  • Ford truck

  • A Port Huron
    LeRoy Blaker and unidentified steam friends with a Port Huron. Does anyone know who the three men with LeRoy are?
  • Port Huron engines
    Donaldson Photos #4: A pair of Port Huron engines once owned by Clare Donaldson.
  • A Reeves engine
    Donaldson Photos #5: A Reeves engine once owned by Clare Donaldson.
  • 40 HP under-mounted Avery
    Gaertner Photo #2: Louie David's 40 HP under-mounted Avery at the National Threshers Show, Montpelier, Ohio, in the 1950s.
  • Lucksinger sawmill
    Ross Photo #1: The Lucksinger sawmill at Pontiac, Ill., in 1952.
  • Under-mounted Avery
    Gaertner Photo #1: Louie David's 40 HP under-mounted Avery at the National Threshers Show, Montpelier, Ohio, in the 1950s.
  • Ralph Fisher's Peerless
    Ross Photo #2: Ralph Fisher's Peerless belted up to the Lucksinger sawmill in 1952.

  • 19 HP Keck-Gonnerman
  • Under-mounted Avery
  • 25 HP engine
  • 20 HP A.W. Stevens
  • 12 HP cross-compound Case
  • Bill Rutdlege's Kitten
  • 80 HP Case
  • Steam engine designed
  • Portable steam engine
  • Small airplanes
  • A Port Huron
  • 20 HP 1910 Jumbo
  • 20 HP Jumbo
  • Ford truck
  • A Port Huron
  • Port Huron engines
  • A Reeves engine
  • 40 HP under-mounted Avery
  • Lucksinger sawmill
  • Under-mounted Avery
  • Ralph Fisher's Peerless

JOY OF STEAMING

In the March/April 2004 issue, Chady Atteberry took readers for a trip down memory lane, looking at the early days of the hobby and specifically the early shows hosted by Harold Ottaway at Joyland Park in Wichita, Kan. Reader Dan Donaldson, 354129 Clinton Ave., Dade City, FL 33525 (damdonaldson @msn.com), read the article, and it reminded him of his family's connections to the early reunion days. Dan writes:

I thoroughly enjoyed the article 'The Joy of Steaming' in the March/April 2004 Steam Traction. My interest especially perked up when it was mentioned that Louis David had attended the 1953 show.

My grandfather Clare Donaldson lived in Plymouth, Mich., and knew Louis David. After reading the article, I sent a letter to Chady Atteberry and enclosed some photos that my grandfather had in his possession. I was told the Avery traction engine (Photo #1) belonged to Louis, and that one of the men pictured in front of the Port Huron (Photo #3), which belonged to Louis, is Louis David. Chaddy wrote back and said he didn't think Louis David was in the picture, but he thought the man with the hat and tie was LeRoy Blaker. I was hoping maybe you could show these pictures in the 'Past and Present' column to see if anyone can identify the engines or the men in these pictures.

Photo #2 shows my grandfather removing a wheel from a Port Huron engine. I was informed that the set of good wheels and bull gears from my grandfather's engine were traded to Louis David in exchange for his worn wheels and bull gears.



Photo #4 shows two engines that belonged to my grandfather. I believe they are both Port Huron engines, and he also owned a Reeves traction engine (Photo #5). All of these pictures and more can be seen online at http://members.tripod.com/dsmdonaldson/id5.htm

NOT THE WHOLE STORY

Writing in the July/August 2004 issue, Leo J. Fitzpatrick, 10845 E. Adams Road, Beaverton, MI 48612, treated readers to memories of threshing and steaming in rural Michigan. Some of our photo identifications were, it turns out, less than complete. Leo heard from a few readers, including Lee Whitmore in North Dakota, who wanted to help set the record straight. Our sincere thanks goes out to everyone who takes the time to help us ensure the material we present is as accurate as possible. Leo writes:



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