Past and Present

TRACTION ENGINES AND THRESHERS

| November 2005

  • Dean Unruh with his finished mailbox
    Unruh Photo #1 (left): Dean Unruh with his finished mailbox.
  • Larry Flora’s Farquhar sawmill gear set works
    Flora Photo #1 (above): Larry Flora’s Farquhar sawmill gear set works.
  • Dean Unruh welding parts of his mailbox together
    Unruh Photo #2 (left): Dean Unruh welding parts of his mailbox together.
  • The mailbox before painting
    Unruh Photo #3 (below): The mailbox before painting.
  • The first page of the Threshers’ Book found by Dwight Seman
    Seman Photo #1 (above): The first page of the Threshers’ Book found by Dwight Seman.
  • An advertisement for the 1918 Ohio State Fair found on the last page of the threshers notebook
    Seman Photo #2 (right): An advertisement for the 1918 Ohio State Fair found on the last page of the threshers notebook.
  • This sheet explains the purpose of the book, stating that it was “prepared for your convenience in keeping a record of your work for the season.”
    Seman Photo #3 (left): This sheet explains the purpose of the book, stating that it was “prepared for your convenience in keeping a record of your work for the season.”
  • Log

  • These pages indicate when the threshing season started and who had grain threshed during that time
    Seman Photo #4 (center) and #5 (below): These pages indicate when the threshing season started and who had grain threshed during that time.
  • Shows a table of weights and measures listing the bushel weight of a variety of crops and even coal.
    Seman Photo #6: Shows a table of weights and measures listing the bushel weight of a variety of crops and even coal.

  • Dean Unruh with his finished mailbox
  • Larry Flora’s Farquhar sawmill gear set works
  • Dean Unruh welding parts of his mailbox together
  • The mailbox before painting
  • The first page of the Threshers’ Book found by Dwight Seman
  • An advertisement for the 1918 Ohio State Fair found on the last page of the threshers notebook
  • This sheet explains the purpose of the book, stating that it was “prepared for your convenience in keeping a record of your work for the season.”
  • Log
  • These pages indicate when the threshing season started and who had grain threshed during that time
  • Shows a table of weights and measures listing the bushel weight of a variety of crops and even coal.

FARQUHAR SAWMILL OWNER

Larry Flora, 350 PPL Road, Danville, PA 17821; (570) 437-2519, is the proud owner of the Farquhar sawmill shown in the last issue (Steam Traction, September/October 2005). If you recall, we lost the name of the writer, but ran his photos in hopes he'd contact us. Larry's wife, Virginia, called to set the record straight. Thanks.

STEAM ENGINE CONFERENCE

Barry Bromley, R.R. 2, Box 33, Brandon, MAN Canada R7A 5Y2; (204) 728-7503; (http://flinflon.brandonu.ca/steam/MHSEC2005/default.htm) sends his thanks for helping make their recent steam engine conference in Canada a success. Look for more information on the conference in a future issue. Barry writes:

On behalf of the Manitoba Historical Steam Engine Conference 2005 Organizing Committee, I would like to extend our thanks for letting us use material from Steam Traction in the handout. Copies were given to the 82 delegates and presenters at the conference.

We particularly want to thank you for the copies of Steam Traction, which were distributed to delegates and presenters.



Thanks to the generosity of a lot of people, including the presenters, we were on budget.

MAILBOX STEAMER

Some time ago we received some photos from reader Dean Unruh, Route 3, Box 429, Enid, OK 73703, who put his skills to work designing and fabricating a mailbox we're sure steamers would love to have. Nice work, Dean!



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