Past and Present

STEAM ENGINES and THRESHING MACHINES

| May 2005

  • From left are Adam Robinson, Leon Koob and Randy Schwerin with their Nichols & Shepard steam engines
    Schwerin Photo: From left are Adam Robinson, Leon Koob and Randy Schwerin with their Nichols & Shepard steam engines.
  • Dave Watcher’s 24 HP Minneapolis 8010, with Leonard Rynda.
    Watcher Photo #1 (left): Dave Watcher’s 24 HP Minneapolis 8010, with Leonard Rynda.
  • At Leonard Rynda’s auction, from left, Lyle Lugdone, Leonard Rynda, with his back to the camera is Bernie Woodmansee and Big Foot John Nagley
    Watcher Photo #2 (below): At Leonard Rynda’s auction, from left, Lyle Lugdone, Leonard Rynda, with his back to the camera is Bernie Woodmansee and Big Foot John Nagley.
  • Stevens engine located at Funk Grove, Ill., about 1998.
    Watcher Photo #3 (above): Stevens engine located at Funk Grove, Ill., about 1998.
  • Dave Watcher’s 20 HP Illinois, no. 135.
    Watcher Photo #4 (right): Dave Watcher’s 20 HP Illinois, no. 135.
  • 19 HP A.D. Baker on the separator
    Mix Photo #5 (left): A 19 HP A.D. Baker on the separator at the Michigan Steam Engine and Thresher’s Club Show at Mason, Mich., in 1972.
  • Ken and George Lewis’ 22 Advance-Rumely on the sawmill
    Mix Photos #2, #3 and #4 (below, center and bottom): Ken and George Lewis’ 22 Advance-Rumely on the sawmill at the Michigan Steam Engine and Thresher’s Show at Hastings, Mich., in the late 1960s.
  • Ralph and June Woodmansee on their 50th wedding anniversary.
    Mix Photo #1 (left): Ralph and June Woodmansee on their 50th wedding anniversary.
  • The first firing up of the Mix 19 HP Port Huron.
    Mix Photo #6 (below): The first firing up of the Mix 19 HP Port Huron.
  • From left, David Wortley, Larry Mix, Roy Ballentine and Lynn Mix on the 19 HP Port Huron.
    Mix Photo #7 (above): From left, David Wortley, Larry Mix, Roy Ballentine and Lynn Mix on the 19 HP Port Huron.
  • Leo Fitzpatrick and his Dog “Chum” with a Case steam engine in the background, 1930.
    Fitzpatrick Photo#1: Leo Fitzpatrick and his Dog “Chum” with a Case steam engine in the background, 1930.
  • Mix’s dad, Lynn Mix, running the 19 HP Port Huron, engine no. 7991.
    Mix Photo #8 (left): Mix’s dad, Lynn Mix, running the 19 HP Port Huron, engine no. 7991.
  • Jim Perry’s rig crashes through the Smithville Bridge on the Grand River near Eaton Rapids, Mich., in April 1918.
    Brunton Photo #1 (left): Jim Perry’s rig crashes through the Smithville Bridge on the Grand River near Eaton Rapids, Mich., in April 1918.
  • Taken on the Bernard Fitzpatrick farm in 1953, Clare County, Mich.
    Fitzpatrick Photo #2: Taken on the Bernard Fitzpatrick farm in 1953, Clare County, Mich. The engine is a 1913 Port Huron, engine no. 7594. Top row, from left: Leo Fitzpatrick, Bernard Fitzpatrick and Harry Kaul; bottom row, from left: Barney Gerow, Jim Gerow, Bill Fitzpatrick and Charley Anger.
  • The engine look to be an A.W. Stevens
    Brunton Photo #2 (below): A mobile photography studio owned by a Mr. Fowler on Main Street, Charlotte, Mich. The engine look to be an A.W. Stevens, complete with horizontal flyball governor. Note the large deer antlers mounted in front of the headlight.
  • Threshing scene, possibly in California.
    Brunton Photo #3: Threshing scene, possibly in California.
  • Steam supply for a corn cooker, the Reliance boiler features a three-pass system
    McLean Photo: Steam supply for a corn cooker, the Reliance boiler features a three-pass system. The hose running over the wheel goes to the corn barrel. Al Taylor is the engineer.
  • C.F. Mann’s traction-locomotive, patent no. 26,195, Nov. 22, 1859, carried its own railway.
    Davis Photo: C.F. Mann’s traction-locomotive, patent no. 26,195, Nov. 22, 1859, carried its own railway.
  • A Reeves engine that sold at auction in Pennsylvania a few years back. Who owns this engine now?
    Rohrer Photo #1 (left) and #2 (below): A Reeves engine that sold at auction in Pennsylvania a few years back. Who owns this engine now?

  • From left are Adam Robinson, Leon Koob and Randy Schwerin with their Nichols & Shepard steam engines
  • Dave Watcher’s 24 HP Minneapolis 8010, with Leonard Rynda.
  • At Leonard Rynda’s auction, from left, Lyle Lugdone, Leonard Rynda, with his back to the camera is Bernie Woodmansee and Big Foot John Nagley
  • Stevens engine located at Funk Grove, Ill., about 1998.
  • Dave Watcher’s 20 HP Illinois, no. 135.
  • 19 HP A.D. Baker on the separator
  • Ken and George Lewis’ 22 Advance-Rumely on the sawmill
  • Ralph and June Woodmansee on their 50th wedding anniversary.
  • The first firing up of the Mix 19 HP Port Huron.
  • From left, David Wortley, Larry Mix, Roy Ballentine and Lynn Mix on the 19 HP Port Huron.
  • Leo Fitzpatrick and his Dog “Chum” with a Case steam engine in the background, 1930.
  • Mix’s dad, Lynn Mix, running the 19 HP Port Huron, engine no. 7991.
  • Jim Perry’s rig crashes through the Smithville Bridge on the Grand River near Eaton Rapids, Mich., in April 1918.
  • Taken on the Bernard Fitzpatrick farm in 1953, Clare County, Mich.
  • The engine look to be an A.W. Stevens
  • Threshing scene, possibly in California.
  • Steam supply for a corn cooker, the Reliance boiler features a three-pass system
  • C.F. Mann’s traction-locomotive, patent no. 26,195, Nov. 22, 1859, carried its own railway.
  • A Reeves engine that sold at auction in Pennsylvania a few years back. Who owns this engine now?

NICHOLS & SHEPARD ENGINES

Randy E. Schwerin, 3040 160th, Sumner, IA 50674; (563) 578-5242, has been promising to send in some photos of Nichols & Shepard engines, which he has faithfully done. Randy writes:

Well, I am finally getting around to sending photos of the Nichols & Shepard engines. The photos were taken in August 2004, at the Antique Acres Old Time Power Show, Cedar Falls, Iowa. The engines in the photo below are as follows, from left: 1923 16-60 double-cylinder, rear-mount, serial no. 14007, owned by Randy E. Schwerin, Sumner, Iowa; 1916 2070 double-cylinder, rear-mount, serial no. 13373, owned by Adam Robinson, Mechanicsville, Iowa; 1910 25-85 single-cylinder, side-mount, serial no. 11212, owned by Adam Robinson; 1915 25-85 single-cylinder, side-mount, serial no. 13007, owned by Leon Koob, Janesville, Iowa; 1918 16-50 single-cylinder, side-mount, serial no. 13796, owned by Leon Koob; 1893 10 HP, single-cylinder, side-mount, serial no. 4632, owned by Randy E. Schwerin. Also pictured in the photo, from left are Adam, Leon and Randy.

The three of us had a most enjoyable time getting these fine old engines together. They got a workout at the show doing a variety of jobs ranging from plowing to sawing, threshing, clover hulling, corn shredding as well as steaming sweet corn, and pulling on the Dyno and Baker fans.

CORRECTION

A letter on page 17 of the January/February 2005 issue of Steam Traction refered to the "late George Hedke." Several readers contacted us to inform us that George was very much alive, and that his name is spelled "Hedtke."



Unfortunately, George has since passed along, as noted by Mark Corson on page 24. Our apologies and condolensces to the Hedtke family.

RYNDA'S AUCTION

Dave Wachter, 1787 S. Gunn, Holt, MI 48842, attended the Rynda auction held May 7-8, 2004, and he didn't walk away empty handed. Dave writes:



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