Past and Present

TRACTION ENGINES AND THRESHERS

| December 2007

  • A road roller found in New York.
    Golt Photo #1: A road roller found in New York.
  • A 65 HP Case, owned by John Haley.
    Hough Photo #3 (above): A 65 HP Case, owned by John Haley.
  • A Case center crank on the Prony brake.
    Hough Photo #2 (far left): A Case center crank on the Prony brake.
  • A Nichols & Shepard 30-98 HP.
    Hough Photo #4 (above): A Nichols & Shepard 30-98 HP.
  • Justin Click’s center-crank Case shown at the Sycamore, Ill., show.
    Hough Photo #1 (left): Justin Click’s center-crank Case shown at the Sycamore, Ill., show.
  • A 1912 King Hamilton corn sheller.
    Girard Photo #1 (far left): A 1912 King Hamilton corn sheller.
  • A Nichols & Shepard engine.
    Bixler Photo #1 (right): A Nichols & Shepard engine.
  • Rush hour at the Sycamore, III., show.
    Hough Photo #5 (top): Rush hour at the Sycamore, III., show.
  • An 1879 Daisy grain reaper.
    Girard Photo #6 (below): An 1879 Daisy grain reaper.
  • A McCormick-Deering hay press.
    Girard Photo #4 (below left): A McCormick-Deering hay press.
  • A 1912 Birdsell clover huller.
    Girard Photos #2 and #3 (left and below left): A 1912 Birdsell clover huller.
  • The Girard Family Threshing Crew.
    Girard Photo #5 (right): The Girard Family Threshing Crew.
  • Ralph Woodmansee on Melvin Lugten’s 18 HP Keck-Gonnerman in 1964.
    Mix Photo #3 (right): Ralph Woodmansee on Melvin Lugten’s 18 HP Keck-Gonnerman in 1964.
  • Lynn Mix, Harry Woodmansee, an unidentified man and John Southard in Milton, Ontario, Canada in 1971.
    Mix Photo #1 (above): (from left) Lynn Mix, Harry Woodmansee, an unidentified man and John Southard in Milton, Ontario, Canada in 1971.
  • A Port Huron “high wheeler.”
    Mix Photo #2 (above right): A Port Huron “high wheeler.”
  • Melvin at the top of the ramp. Ralph Woodmansee is at bottom telling Melvin how to come down the ramp.
    Mix Photo #5 (below left): Melvin at the top of the ramp. Ralph Woodmansee is at bottom telling Melvin how to come down the ramp.
  • Melvin on his way down the ramp.
    Mix Photo #6 (below): Melvin on his way down the ramp.
  • The 1913 Minneapolis 20-65.
    Russell Photo #1 (right): The 1913 Minneapolis 20-65.
  • Melvin Lugten going up the wooden high ramp with his 18 HP Keck-Gonnerman Charlton Park, Mich., in 1964.
    Mix Photo #4 (left): Melvin Lugten going up the wooden high ramp with his 18 HP Keck-Gonnerman Charlton Park, Mich., in 1964.
  • Gerald and Clifford Russell saying goodbye to the engine (headed to Disneyland Paris) in 1987.
    Russell Photo #3 (below): Gerald and Clifford Russell saying goodbye to the engine (headed to Disneyland Paris) in 1987.
  • The Minneapolis before restoration.
    Russell Photo #2 (left): The Minneapolis before restoration.

  • A road roller found in New York.
  • A 65 HP Case, owned by John Haley.
  • A Case center crank on the Prony brake.
  • A Nichols & Shepard 30-98 HP.
  • Justin Click’s center-crank Case shown at the Sycamore, Ill., show.
  • A 1912 King Hamilton corn sheller.
  • A Nichols & Shepard engine.
  • Rush hour at the Sycamore, III., show.
  • An 1879 Daisy grain reaper.
  • A McCormick-Deering hay press.
  • A 1912 Birdsell clover huller.
  • The Girard Family Threshing Crew.
  • Ralph Woodmansee on Melvin Lugten’s 18 HP Keck-Gonnerman in 1964.
  • Lynn Mix, Harry Woodmansee, an unidentified man and John Southard in Milton, Ontario, Canada in 1971.
  • A Port Huron “high wheeler.”
  • Melvin at the top of the ramp. Ralph Woodmansee is at bottom telling Melvin how to come down the ramp.
  • Melvin on his way down the ramp.
  • The 1913 Minneapolis 20-65.
  • Melvin Lugten going up the wooden high ramp with his 18 HP Keck-Gonnerman Charlton Park, Mich., in 1964.
  • Gerald and Clifford Russell saying goodbye to the engine (headed to Disneyland Paris) in 1987.
  • The Minneapolis before restoration.

Road Roller

Andrew Golt, Plattsburgh, N.Y. (e-mail: andrewcouchst@netzero.com), found this road roller while traveling. He shares his find with us, writing:

I saw this road roller near a semi-abandoned warehouse between Saratoga Springs and Albany, N.Y. It's on a main road, Route 9, between the horse town and the state capital. When I stumbled by, the caretaker was cutting the grass. All he would tell me was that the two owners, in their 20s, had a blueberry business in Maine. He shook his head in disbelief when I asked to take some photos. Just up the road I spoke to a retired dairy farmer and he confirmed the story. There is an operating roller-skating rink adjacent (same owner) on this very busy road, so someone is collecting the rent! Additional weathered equipment was a few yards away in the weeds.

Sycamore, Ill., Show

Ken Hough, (219) 462-0281; (e-mail: k4sb@niia.net), snapped a few photos of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club Annual Sycamore Steam Show this past Aug. 10-13, 2006. Ken explains:

Photo #1: This engine belongs to Justin Click of Lake Station, Ind. It's an 1893 Case center-crank 13 HP. It's one of the first engines to be at the Sycamore show 50 years ago, owned then by Rupert Jordon, a founder and president of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club.



Photo #2 shows a Case center-crank on the Prony brake, where it pulled 56 HP.

Photo #3 is a 65 HP Case that belongs to John Haley. It is from the Rynda auction. I like this shot - it's very pastoral.