Past and Present

TRACTION ENGINES AND THRESHERS

| June 2007

  • Bill Roberts, Somerset, Va., firing a 50 HP Case
    Mittelman Photo #1: Bill Roberts, Somerset, Va., firing a 50 HP Case at the 2006 Somerset 31st Annual Steam and Gas Pasture Party held Aug. 24-26.
  • A 1909 postcard scene of a steam-powered sawmill
    Schutt Photo #1 (top): A 1909 postcard scene of a steam-powered sawmill, possibly in the Jackson County, Iowa, area.
  • Ray Lightfoot would like to identify the steam engine in this photo.
    Lightfoot Photo #1: Ray Lightfoot would like to identify the steam engine in this photo.
  • This 1914 postcard shows a New Huber engine and a Case water wagon
    Schutt Photo #2 (above): This 1914 postcard shows a New Huber engine and a Case water wagon.
  • A Geiser Peerless engine and a lumber wagon
    Schutt Photo #3 (right): A Geiser Peerless engine and a lumber wagon. The center piece of equipment was not identified on the postcard.
  • 1/4-scale Case 65 HP steam engine
    Waldie Photos #1, #2 and #3 (clockwise from below): A 1/4-scale Case 65 HP steam engine; a water wagon from half a barrel and hand truck wheels; and a 1/4-scale Port Huron thresher built by the late Wayne “Gus” G. Waldie.
  • Pictured (from left) are Patrick W. Traubert, Plano, Texas; Jim Templine, Blue Ridge, Texas; and Mike McKnight, Mason, Tenn., posing in front of Mike’s 18 HP Gaar-Scott steam engine
    Templin Photo #1 (right): Pictured (from left) are Patrick W. Traubert, Plano, Texas; Jim Templine, Blue Ridge, Texas; and Mike McKnight, Mason, Tenn., posing in front of Mike’s 18 HP Gaar-Scott steam engine.
    Photo courtesy Ron Blurton
  • Now what happened? Plenty of advice.
    Young Photo #1: Now what happened? Plenty of advice.
  • Craig Clark’s Baker engine and the Mast family separator, parked by the Speltz field.
    Young Photo #3 (above left): Craig Clark’s Baker engine and the Mast family separator, parked by the Speltz field.
  • A view of the grounds and engines in operation.
    Young Photo #4 (left): A view of the grounds and engines in operation.
  • Todd Young operating the McGlenigahan family Russell.
    Young Photo #2: Todd Young operating the McGlenigahan family Russell.
  • Steam Queen Vicky Bloemers (seated on the left) and student Gretchen Dillon on Jeff Bloemers’ 1/2-scale 65 HP Case
    Bloemers Photo #2 (above right): Steam Queen Vicky Bloemers (seated on the left) and student Gretchen Dillon on Jeff Bloemers’ 1/2-scale 65 HP Case. (Bloemers’ photos courtesy Paul Anderson, Milton, Wis.)
  • Instructor Jim Nowell, Winnipeg, Canada, lectures students during his pre-fire-up class
    Bloemers Photo #3 (below left): Instructor Jim Nowell, Winnipeg, Canada, lectures students during his pre-fire-up class.
  • The Wade brothers’ 25-85 Nichols & Shepard (left) and Charlie Hendrickson’s 20 HP Minneapolis climbing the hills at Rock River Thresheree show grounds
    Bloemers Photo #1 (above): The Wade brothers’ 25-85 Nichols & Shepard (left) and Charlie Hendrickson’s 20 HP Minneapolis climbing the hills at Rock River Thresheree show grounds, Edgerton, Wis.
  • Head Instructor John Geib of Hamburg, Pa., reviews the workings of a demonstration cut-away boiler to the 2006 Rough & Tumble Steam School
    Johnson Photo #2 (above right): Head Instructor John Geib of Hamburg, Pa., reviews the workings of a demonstration cut-away boiler to the 2006 Rough & Tumble Steam School class before students break into groups to operate engines.
  • Student Jim Burkholder (foreground) from Witmer, Pa., is cleaning the tubes on a 1928 Frick
    Johnson Photo #1 (above): Student Jim Burkholder (foreground) from Witmer, Pa., is cleaning the tubes on a 1928 Frick. Students learn to clean tubes, perform maintenance and fire engines before operating.
  • Student DeWayne Melichar, Fredonia, Mich., operating John Malsch’s 18 HP Advance-Rumely
    Bloemers Photo #4 (below): Student DeWayne Melichar, Fredonia, Mich., operating John Malsch’s 18 HP Advance-Rumely.
  • John Geib points out all items discussed during the steam school
    Johnson Photo #3 (below): John Geib points out all items discussed during the steam school. Operation and safety are stressed – the mantra, water, water, water is repeated many times.
  • Rough & Tumble treasurer and student Steve Flick (left) from Sinking Springs, Pa., learns to operate A.J. Hamilton’s twin-cylinder 60 HP 1926 Frick
    Johnson Photo #4 (right): Rough & Tumble treasurer and student Steve Flick (left) from Sinking Springs, Pa., learns to operate A.J. Hamilton’s twin-cylinder 60 HP 1926 Frick.

  • Bill Roberts, Somerset, Va., firing a 50 HP Case
  • A 1909 postcard scene of a steam-powered sawmill
  • Ray Lightfoot would like to identify the steam engine in this photo.
  • This 1914 postcard shows a New Huber engine and a Case water wagon
  • A Geiser Peerless engine and a lumber wagon
  • 1/4-scale Case 65 HP steam engine
  • Pictured (from left) are Patrick W. Traubert, Plano, Texas; Jim Templine, Blue Ridge, Texas; and Mike McKnight, Mason, Tenn., posing in front of Mike’s 18 HP Gaar-Scott steam engine
  • Now what happened? Plenty of advice.
  • Craig Clark’s Baker engine and the Mast family separator, parked by the Speltz field.
  • A view of the grounds and engines in operation.
  • Todd Young operating the McGlenigahan family Russell.
  • Steam Queen Vicky Bloemers (seated on the left) and student Gretchen Dillon on Jeff Bloemers’ 1/2-scale 65 HP Case
  • Instructor Jim Nowell, Winnipeg, Canada, lectures students during his pre-fire-up class
  • The Wade brothers’ 25-85 Nichols & Shepard (left) and Charlie Hendrickson’s 20 HP Minneapolis climbing the hills at Rock River Thresheree show grounds
  • Head Instructor John Geib of Hamburg, Pa., reviews the workings of a demonstration cut-away boiler to the 2006 Rough & Tumble Steam School
  • Student Jim Burkholder (foreground) from Witmer, Pa., is cleaning the tubes on a 1928 Frick
  • Student DeWayne Melichar, Fredonia, Mich., operating John Malsch’s 18 HP Advance-Rumely
  • John Geib points out all items discussed during the steam school
  • Rough & Tumble treasurer and student Steve Flick (left) from Sinking Springs, Pa., learns to operate A.J. Hamilton’s twin-cylinder 60 HP 1926 Frick

FIRING A CASE

Louis Mittelman, Gordonsville, Va. (e-mail: lmittelman@verizon.net), shares a photo. Louis writes:

Please accept for publication a photo of old-time Gaar-Scott man Bill Roberts, Somerset, Va., firing a 50 HP Case at the Somerset 31st Annual Steam and Gas Pasture Party, Aug. 24-26, 2006. The Pasture Party is held annually on Bill's farm.

STAR ENGINE UPDATE

Paul Weber, Winchester, Ky. (e-mail: psweb921@aol.com), fills us in with some useful information on the 1885 5 HP Star vertical steam engine from the article "Steam Engines, Mules and a Canal Boat" in the Steam Traction Spring issue. Paul writes:

This is a very nice article with outstanding photography. The reason for this note is to address the information about the 5-by-5 Star engine. I acquired this engine from the late Charles "Icky" Barker of Lexington, Ky., in about 1980. The best recall by those who have information from this era is that the engine came from Indiana.



Around 1990 John Neagley, who had a position at the Ludwig Mill, expressed interest in the engine for mill use. John came to Winchester driving a Metro Parks pickup truck. I agreed to donate the engine and was assured by John that a placard naming the donor would be displayed.

For a quick reference: While Icky still owned the Star engine he wanted to mount the 30-inch belt pulley. Having no way to bore the pulley hub, he had a friend with a small lathe turn the pulley end of the crankshaft to fit this small bore, which can be seen easily. By the way, the shaft was not bent when it left here.