Past and Present

TRACTION ENGINES AND THRESHERS

| September 2006

  • Allen Leis’ 1918 Waterloo 20-22 HP, engine no. 1776, built in Waterloo, Ontario
    Leis Photo #1 (above): Allen Leis’ 1918 Waterloo 20-22 HP, engine no. 1776, built in Waterloo, Ontario.
  • Allen Leis’ 1918 Waterloo in prep mode for storage
    Leis Photo #2 (below): Allen Leis’ 1918 Waterloo in prep mode for storage.
  • Joe Graziana (left) with Shawn Stewart at the Pawnee Steam School
    Stark Photo #1 (above): Joe Graziana (left) with Shawn Stewart at the Pawnee Steam School.
  • Allen Leis’ Waterloo engine wrapped with tarp for winter storage
    Leis Photo #3 (below): Allen Leis’ Waterloo engine wrapped with tarp for winter storage.
  • Pawnee Steam School instructors
    Stark Photo #2 (right): Pawnee Steam School instructors, from left, Ray Vaughn, Harold Stark, Joe Graziana, Chady Atteberry, Mace Archer and Bruce Babcock.
  • Chady Atteberry with Brian and Beverly Tracy during the exchange of vows
    Corson Photo #1 (above): Chady Atteberry with Brian and Beverly Tracy during the exchange of vows.
  • Gilbert Goff is searching for more information on this 1-1/2 foot tall upright steam engine
    Goff Photo #1 (above): Gilbert Goff is searching for more information on this 1-1/2 foot tall upright steam engine.
  • Two views of Larry Peaster’s upright steam engine that he is searching for more information about
    Peaster Photos #1 and #2 (right): Two views of Larry Peaster’s upright steam engine that he is searching for more information about.
  • This photo taken in 1956 is a 50 HP Case now owned by the Dollinger family, Minooka, Ill.
    Ross Photo #1 (left): This photo taken in 1956 is a 50 HP Case now owned by the Dollinger family, Minooka, Ill.
  • Brian and Beverly (Atteberry) Tracy
    Corson Photo #2 (right): Brian and Beverly (Atteberry) Tracy. Brian and Beverly exchanged their vows on May 6, 2006, at Pawnee Steam Park, Pawnee, Okla.
  • This photo taken in 1986 is of a Case 40 HP, pre-1915 engine
    Ross Photo #2 (below left): This photo taken in 1986 is of a Case 40 HP, pre-1915 engine.
  • Taken in 1984, this is a 24 HP Minneapolis owned by Terry Bodine
    Ross Photo #3 (below): Taken in 1984, this is a 24 HP Minneapolis owned by Terry Bodine, which is always at the Skinner Farm Museum in Perrysville, Ind.
  • An OilPull H, on a trailer, taken at the first OilPull get-together in La Porte, Ind., in 1988
    Ross Photo #5 (above): An OilPull H, on a trailer, taken at the first OilPull get-together in La Porte, Ind., in 1988. The original OilPull factory stood where the photo was taken.
  • A Nichols & Shepard, taken in 1980.
    Ross Photo #4 (below): A Nichols & Shepard, taken in 1980.
  • A 16 HP Nichols & Shepard, taken in 1980
    Ross Photo #7 (below): A 16 HP Nichols & Shepard, taken in 1980, was always at Dick Herms show in Washington, Ill.
  • Taken in 1984 at the first show at the Lake County Fairgrounds
    Ross Photo #8 (left): Taken in 1984 at the first show at the Lake County Fairgrounds. John Ross moved his American no. 1 sawmill in and belted it to a 20 HP Greyhound where he sawed 10-foot white oak.
  • Albert Grimkey’s of Michigan City, Ind., had this 20 HP Huber in his backyard in 1988
    Ross Photo #6 (right): Albert Grimkey’s of Michigan City, Ind., had this 20 HP Huber in his backyard in 1988.
  • A Russell portable at the Lake County show about 1998
    Ross Photo #9 (below left): A Russell portable at the Lake County show about 1998. The Kester family of Crete, Ill., still owns this Russell, coming from their father.
  • Huber engine working the belt
    Rhode Photo #1 (above): A Huber engine working the belt. Note the American flag on the straw stack in this photo.
  • (from top) A 30 HP Case, a 21-75 HP Baker and a 25-50 HP Huber
    Ross Photos #10, #11 and #12 (right): These three shots were taken about 1980 at the Cochran farm, on the east edge of Wabash, Ind. They are (from top) a 30 HP Case, a 21-75 HP Baker and a 25-50 HP Huber.
  • These two photos show Gaar-Scott engines.
    Rhode Photo #2 and #3 (center and right): These two photos show Gaar-Scott engines.

  • Allen Leis’ 1918 Waterloo 20-22 HP, engine no. 1776, built in Waterloo, Ontario
  • Allen Leis’ 1918 Waterloo in prep mode for storage
  • Joe Graziana (left) with Shawn Stewart at the Pawnee Steam School
  • Allen Leis’ Waterloo engine wrapped with tarp for winter storage
  • Pawnee Steam School instructors
  • Chady Atteberry with Brian and Beverly Tracy during the exchange of vows
  • Gilbert Goff is searching for more information on this 1-1/2 foot tall upright steam engine
  • Two views of Larry Peaster’s upright steam engine that he is searching for more information about
  • This photo taken in 1956 is a 50 HP Case now owned by the Dollinger family, Minooka, Ill.
  • Brian and Beverly (Atteberry) Tracy
  • This photo taken in 1986 is of a Case 40 HP, pre-1915 engine
  • Taken in 1984, this is a 24 HP Minneapolis owned by Terry Bodine
  • An OilPull H, on a trailer, taken at the first OilPull get-together in La Porte, Ind., in 1988
  • A Nichols & Shepard, taken in 1980.
  • A 16 HP Nichols & Shepard, taken in 1980
  • Taken in 1984 at the first show at the Lake County Fairgrounds
  • Albert Grimkey’s of Michigan City, Ind., had this 20 HP Huber in his backyard in 1988
  • A Russell portable at the Lake County show about 1998
  • Huber engine working the belt
  • (from top) A 30 HP Case, a 21-75 HP Baker and a 25-50 HP Huber
  • These two photos show Gaar-Scott engines.

WATERLOO 20-22 HP

Allen R. Leis, 105 Clearwater Cres., Waterloo, ONT Canada N2V 1E7; (519) 884-6932, shows us a unique way of storing an engine for the winter months. Allen writes:

I am sending some photos of my Waterloo steam traction engine, no. 1776, 20-22 HP, built in Waterloo, Ontario in 1918. I have stored it a number of years this way and I find it a good way of storing it for the winter months. I store the engine on a cement pad, stud it with 2-by-6-inch lath and tarp all sides, leaving a bit of an opening on the floor at the front between the front wheels. I install a turbine ventilator on the smokestack; this leaves airflow on the outside of the boiler. I take out two handhole covers beside the damper and the handhole cover in the smokebox opening the damper approximately 1/2-inch. This leaves air flowing through the tubes through the water side of the engine. My boiler seems to be nice and dry during the winter months.

This Waterloo engine was shown on the cover of Iron-Men Album, November/December 1992. This engine is also shown on page 250 of Jack Norbeck's Encyclopedia of American Steam Traction Engines, third revised edition, owned by Ed Hura's family at the time of Waterloo, Ontario. The motto on this engine is "An old Waterloo toy for an old Waterloo boy."

RITZMAN'S LANSING

Harry Pearce, 115 Parke Towne Drive, Elkton, MD 21921-6111, recalls some memories of Elmer Ritzman's Lansing four-wheel drive engine (featured on the back cover of Steam Traction, July/August 2006). Harry writes:



I am writing in regards to the Lansing four-wheel drive engine. I run that engine for Mr. Ritzman at the Kinzer, Pa., steam show. It was something else to handle. Ritzman told me that he saw it in a junkyard. He inquired about the engine and the price went up. I don't remember what he gave for it, but it was plenty. The differential was stuck, but when he pulled it, it broke loose. The flywheel isn't the original. He thought the one on it would have more inertia but it didn't work any better. Arthur S. Young put it on for him.

Ritzman told me he bought a Huber engine and couldn't or didn't have the money to have it hauled, so he ran it the 80 miles. He said the only problem he had was water. I guess that would be a problem.



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