Past and Present

STEAM ENGINES AND THRESHING MACHINES

| July 2005

  • A postcard of the Titusville Iron Works plant in Pennsylvania.
    Yaeger Photo #2 (below): A postcard of the Titusville Iron Works plant in Pennsylvania.
  • Former W.W. Danuser Reeves engine. It is a 25 HP Canadian Special cross-compound.
    Yaeger Photo #1: Former W.W. Danuser Reeves engine. It is a 25 HP Canadian Special cross-compound.
  • A postcard of “parade of power” on First Avenue in Billings, Mont., circa 1911.
    Yaeger Photo #3 (right): A postcard of “parade of power” on First Avenue in Billings, Mont., circa 1911.
  • Charlie and Myrtle Colwell, Moore, Mont., standing with a 1911 or 1912 Reeves cross-compound Canadian Special.
    Yaeger Photo #4: Charlie and Myrtle Colwell, Moore, Mont., standing with a 1911 or 1912 Reeves cross-compound Canadian Special.
  • Ben Hollenback’s Montana Plowing Co. with one of his four 32 HP Reeves cross-compound Canadian Special engines.
    Yaeger Photo #5: Ben Hollenback’s Montana Plowing Co. with one of his four 32 HP Reeves cross-compound Canadian Special engines. Ben is standing in the shadows on the engineer’s platform.
  • Herman Otten’s 32 HP Reeves cross-compound Canadian Special, no. 7181
    Yaeger Photo #6: Herman Otten’s 32 HP Reeves cross-compound Canadian Special, no. 7181, hitched to a new set of plows and with the dealership’s representative riding along inspecting the quality of work performed.
  • The threshing outfit photo taken in 1917 featured a 25-50 HP Aultman & Taylor traction engine (no. 912) and an Aultman & Taylor 36-56 New Century separator (no. 30933)
    Bauer Photo #1: The threshing outfit photo taken in 1917 featured a 25-50 HP Aultman & Taylor traction engine (no. 912) and an Aultman & Taylor 36-56 New Century separator (no. 30933). This photo was featured on the front of an Aultman & Taylor Machinery Co. advertising pamphlet, and the equipment was owned by Emerson Bauer of Holgate, Ohio.
  • A 32 HP Reeves cross-compound Canada Special, no. 6269
    Yaeger Photo #8 (below): A 32 HP Reeves cross-compound Canada Special, no. 6269, after Charlie Harrison moved it to Ohio in the mid-1960s.
  • A mid-1960s photo of the late Earl Tyler and an unidentified woman
    Yaeger Photo #7 (left): A mid-1960s photo of the late Earl Tyler and an unidentified woman. The engine on the left is the 32 HP Reeves cross-compound Canada Special, no. 6269. The Reeves on the right is no. 7888.
  • Max Tyler standing beside the left driver wheel of Reeves no. 7181.
    Yaeger Photo #9: Max Tyler standing beside the left driver wheel of Reeves no. 7181.
  • 1921 Minneapolis 20 HP engine and a 1917 Minneapolis 36-56 separator
    Bauer Photo #2: The current outfit owned by Butch and Becky Bauer – a 1921 Minneapolis 20 HP engine and a 1917 Minneapolis 36-56 separator.
  • Stevens engines owned and operated by Miller Bros., Milledgeville, Ill.
    Carlton Photo #1: Stevens engines owned and operated by Miller Bros., Milledgeville, Ill., who also owned Stevens separators and huskers, enough to complete the outfits.
  • A Case 14-by-14-inch cylinder road locomotive compared to a Case traction engine
    Carlton Photo #2 (center): A Case 14-by-14-inch cylinder road locomotive compared to a Case traction engine. The road locomotive was designed to supply the demands of mine owners, contractors, lumbermen and farmers for a large and powerful hauling engine.
  • Another view of the Case road locomotive engine
    Carlton Photo #3 (right): Another view of the Case road locomotive engine. Apparently, the engine was designed for heavy hauling purposes, capable of drawing 40 to 50 tons up grades of from 5 to 10 percent, yet constructed for stationary work. Note the size comparison with the men standing next to the engine.

  • A postcard of the Titusville Iron Works plant in Pennsylvania.
  • Former W.W. Danuser Reeves engine. It is a 25 HP Canadian Special cross-compound.
  • A postcard of “parade of power” on First Avenue in Billings, Mont., circa 1911.
  • Charlie and Myrtle Colwell, Moore, Mont., standing with a 1911 or 1912 Reeves cross-compound Canadian Special.
  • Ben Hollenback’s Montana Plowing Co. with one of his four 32 HP Reeves cross-compound Canadian Special engines.
  • Herman Otten’s 32 HP Reeves cross-compound Canadian Special, no. 7181
  • The threshing outfit photo taken in 1917 featured a 25-50 HP Aultman & Taylor traction engine (no. 912) and an Aultman & Taylor 36-56 New Century separator (no. 30933)
  • A 32 HP Reeves cross-compound Canada Special, no. 6269
  • A mid-1960s photo of the late Earl Tyler and an unidentified woman
  • Max Tyler standing beside the left driver wheel of Reeves no. 7181.
  • 1921 Minneapolis 20 HP engine and a 1917 Minneapolis 36-56 separator
  • Stevens engines owned and operated by Miller Bros., Milledgeville, Ill.
  • A Case 14-by-14-inch cylinder road locomotive compared to a Case traction engine
  • Another view of the Case road locomotive engine

REEVES CANADIAN SPECIAL

Regular contributor Gary Yaeger, 1120 Leisha Lane, Kalispell, MT 59901 (yaegerg@wfps.k12.mt.us), supplies us with some more steaming photos and some interesting information about Reeves Canadian Specials. Gary writes:

Mike, the photos you sent in of Montana Reeves (Steam Traction, May/June 2005), are great ones. This engine was restored by the late W.W. Danuser in Tulsa, Okla., years ago. As I remember, he sold this engine to someone, then went and bought it back a few years later. He eventually sold it to the late Norman Pross near Luverne, N.D. Norm's nephew Mark Pedersen inherited the engine when Norm passed away, and it remains in the Luverne area.

I don't have my copy of Historical Stories of Reeves Engines, by Haston L. St. Clair, so I can't give you the serial number of this engine. It seems it was something like 6667. The photo of the engine on the lowboy trailer is shown in the book. This engine has been confused as a Canadian Special engine, due to the late styling, the long appearance of the 32 HP double-simple boiler and especially the steel, built-up driver wheels installed on all Canadian Special engines except Highwheeler models.

I am sending another photo of a restored former W.W. Danuser Reeves engine. It is a 25 HP Canadian Special cross-compound. Alan Derting of Kentucky bought it out of Oklahoma about three or four years ago. Alan operates this engine at 200 psi and it is his "plowing tractor," as much of his farm work is done with steam, including his hardwood sawmill. Photo #1 was taken in 2004 on a plowing day. I have a video of this engine working. It is awesome. Thanks for submitting these photos to Steam Traction magazine.



I felt honored that Kevin Small dedicated the photos of the Reeves no. 7181 to me in the May/June 2005 issue. Photo #2 shows the Titusville Iron Works plant in Pennsylvania. Remember, Titusville was the location of America's first oil well.

I am also including another postcard (Photo #3) of a "parade of power" on First Avenue in Billings, Mont., circa 1911, which I think is kind of unique. I can't make out the canopy of the gas tractor pulling a threshing machine, just turning onto First Avenue, but the next tractor pulling a 4-bottom plow is an IHC, and following that is an under-mounted Avery pulling an 8-bottom lever lift plow. Then there is a 40 HP Reeves, a 32 HP Reeves Canadian Special and a 32 HP U.S. Reeves. I can't make out the next four engines, but the fifth, under the "Ton" (surely not Tonka?) sign, appears to be the back tanks and drivers wheels of a 110 HP Case. Notice the 1907-10 era IHC high-wheel Motor Wagon parked under the "Ton" sign.