Past and Present

TRACTION ENGINES AND THRESHERS

| March 2007

  • A 1914 photo taken north of Ashgrove, Iowa
    Shepherd Photo #1: A 1914 photo taken north of Ashgrove, Iowa. The engine is a Stevens 16 HP and the sawmill is an Ottumwa Iron Works, built in 1885.
  • A Stevens 16 HP engine with a Case separator on Harve Roberts’ farm near Ashgrove, Iowa in 1907
    Shepherd Photo #2: A Stevens 16 HP engine with a Case separator on Harve Roberts’ farm near Ashgrove, Iowa in 1907. Pictured, from left, are W.C. Shepherd, Burt Albright and Ray Shepherd.
  • A circa 1918 22 HP Wood Bros. engine, no. 426
    Shepherd Photo #3 (far right): A circa 1918 22 HP Wood Bros. engine, no. 426, once owned by John Shepherd, but now owned by Tom Nichols, Eldon, Iowa.
  • John operating his 5/8-scale Wood Bros. engine.
    Shepherd Photo #4 (right): John operating his 5/8-scale Wood Bros. engine.
  • Views of the traveling exhibit in the Roanoke County Library, Roanoke, Va.
    Norbeck Photos #1 and #2: Views of the traveling exhibit in the Roanoke County Library, Roanoke, Va., May 2006. Jack Norbeck compiles information on the history of steam to display in his exhibits.
  • 20 HP Waterloo owned by Louis Holt
    Cole Photo #1 (left): A photo submitted by Bill Johnson and printed in the 1952 November/December issue of Iron-Men Album. On the engine are Bill and Wally Wilkins. The engine is a 20 HP Waterloo owned by Louis Holt. This photo was accidentally placed within the article by W.F. Steuck, “A Day in my Days,” on the Steam Traction archives at www.SteamTraction.com All aside, look at those rubber tires on the front of this engine!
  • From left: Chris Jowett, Tom Nichols and Mike Parker. Tom is making adjustments to the scale Wood Bros. engine
    Shepherd photo #6 (above): From left: Chris Jowett, Tom Nichols and Mike Parker. Tom is making adjustments to the scale Wood Bros. engine.
  • John running his Woods Bros. engine on steam for the first time in 2005
    Shepherd Photo #5 (top): John running his Woods Bros. engine on steam for the first time in 2005.
  • An 1880 illustration of a Deering reaper, Deering Harvester Co., Chicago, Ill.
    Schutt Photo #1 (right): An 1880 illustration of a Deering reaper, Deering Harvester Co., Chicago, Ill., Encyclopedia of American Farm Implements and Antiques, by C.H. Wendel, page 239.
  • Lynn Mix, Harry Woodmansee, an unidentified man (now identified as Ken Crawley) and John Southard in Milton, Ontario, Canada in 1971
    Babcock Photo #1 (left): From left: Lynn Mix, Harry Woodmansee, an unidentified man (now identified as Ken Crawley) and John Southard in Milton, Ontario, Canada in 1971.
  • Thomas Hart Benton’s Threshing Wheat, circa 1938-39, egg tempera and oil paint
    Benton Photo #1 : Thomas Hart Benton’s Threshing Wheat, circa 1938-39, egg tempera and oil paint. It is on display at the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terra Haute, Ind.
  • Ron Harris is looking to identify these engines
    Harris Photos #1 and #2: Ron Harris is looking to identify these engines. He’s particularly interested in the mechanism on the front of the engine in the top photo, which he says appears to be a circular saw. (Editor’s note: The engine in the bottom photo is a Port Huron, but we don’t know what size.)

  • A 1914 photo taken north of Ashgrove, Iowa
  • A Stevens 16 HP engine with a Case separator on Harve Roberts’ farm near Ashgrove, Iowa in 1907
  • A circa 1918 22 HP Wood Bros. engine, no. 426
  • John operating his 5/8-scale Wood Bros. engine.
  • Views of the traveling exhibit in the Roanoke County Library, Roanoke, Va.
  • 20 HP Waterloo owned by Louis Holt
  • From left: Chris Jowett, Tom Nichols and Mike Parker. Tom is making adjustments to the scale Wood Bros. engine
  • John running his Woods Bros. engine on steam for the first time in 2005
  • An 1880 illustration of a Deering reaper, Deering Harvester Co., Chicago, Ill.
  • Lynn Mix, Harry Woodmansee, an unidentified man (now identified as Ken Crawley) and John Southard in Milton, Ontario, Canada in 1971
  • Thomas Hart Benton’s Threshing Wheat, circa 1938-39, egg tempera and oil paint
  • Ron Harris is looking to identify these engines

Case Steam Road Roller Information

Regular contributor Robert T. Rhode (e-mail: case65@earthlink.net) and Raymond L. Drake (e-mail: raymond88@earthlink.net) write in this issue to share what they've learned about production data on Case steam rollers. Bob and Ray write:

We would like to compliment Bill Vossler on his fine article "A Tale of Two Steam Road Rollers" in the Winter 2007 issue of Steam Traction. 

When we were doing our research for our book, Classic American Steamrollers 1871-1935 Photo Archive, we viewed as many extant rollers as possible and discovered major discrepancies between the known lists of production figures of Case steam rollers. All too often, we would find a Case roller, and, when we compared the serial number of this machine to several of the published production lists available, there was no correlation between the two.

For instance, we took the serial number of a known 40 HP Case roller, and, at the time we found it on one of the lists, we discovered that it was erroneously cataloged as a 40 HP traction engine. We are happy to inform fellow steam preservationists that at least one list has no inaccuracies that we were able to find, and it was first published by David Erb, former editor of Old Abe's News. We recommend to steam aficionados trying to identify Case steam rollers that this is the list they should consider to be the final authority. See the production statistics (sidebar, page 5), which is a general overview of Case roller production figures from our book.



According to the figures, Case built 678 10-ton steam rollers and 29 12-ton rollers, for a combined total of 707 steam rollers.

We always enjoy hearing from other road roller enthusiasts, and we would like to encourage our fellow preservationists to contact us with any information they have and to ask any questions that may arise.



SUBSCRIBE TO FARM COLLECTOR TODAY!

Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $29.95.




Facebook Pinterest YouTube

Classifieds