Past and Present

Traction Engines and Threshers


| january-February



Threshing Memories in Indiana

Rev. G. Bright Hanna, 503 N. Hendricks Ave., Marion, IN 46952, says we asked for old time photos, so he sent us one. Bright writes:

This photo dates back into the early 1930s. I am the water boy behind the water jug in the center. I turned 89 years old the third of September. Only four persons in the photo are still living. The second from the left is my 91-year old brother, the person on the engine wearing the straw hat is 90 years old, and the girl standing on top of the separator is my cousin who is in her 80s. The photo was taken by Glenn Hanna, my father, in Ervin Township, Howard County, Ind. I wish I knew what became of the outfit, but back then machinery wasn’t prized as now.

Steam Birthday Party

Larry Mix, 2075 Coburn Road, Hastings, MI 49058, comes at us with his usual mix of photos. Larry writes:
Here are a few more photos for Steam Traction. Photo #1 was taken at Dale Lewis’ “Hippy” birthday party in May 2005. The engine in the background is a 12 HP Russell owned by Larry Barson. From left: Joe Mix, Larry Mix, Ken Lewis and Dale Lewis. I rode my 1941 Harley-Davidson motorcycle to his party.

Photo #2 is Ken Lewis running Larry Barson’s 12 HP Russell at Dale Lewis’ birthday party, May 2005.
Photo #3 is our 16 HP Aultman & Taylor on the separator at the Historic Charlton Park 34th Annual Antique Gas and Steam Engine Show, Hastings, Mich., July 8-9, 2005. Photo #4 is Joe Mix running our 16 HP Aultman & Taylor on the sawmill at the Charlton Park show.