Port Huron, Advance, Minneapolis Brands Among Steam Engines in Our Mail

Readers also share news of reunions and steam school


| Fall 2007



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A Minnepolis threshing machine sitting in a field in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dave Brown is seeking information on the machine.

MINNEAPOLIS THRESHING MACHINE CO.

Dave Brown, 50 Saddlemead Way N.E., Calgary, ALB Canada T3J 4J5; (403) 273-9081 (e-mail: owlspotter@shaw.ca), is seeking information on a threshing machine. Dave sent along the first two photos in the image gallery, and writes:

I am with the Saddle Ridge Community Assn. located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The photos I'm sharing are of a piece of equipment that sits in a field in our community. My research tells me the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co. went out of business in 1929. I was wondering if any of your readers might be able to enlighten us as to what exactly the equipment would have been used for. I am assuming the number on the plate represents a model number.

DAVE KEMLER'S THRESHING DAY

Larry G. Mix, 2075 Coburn Road, Hastings, MI 49058 (e-mail: crazyhorse13@hotmail.com), continues to keep us abreast on Dave Kemler’s Threshing Day held on his farm near Stanton, Mich. Larry shared the next five photos in the image gallery. He writes:

Here are some photos I took at Dave Kemler’s Threshing Day in November 2006.
The first shows Dave Kemler’s 21 HP Port Huron on the separator. We were threshing oats. The next photo is Dave’s 30 HP Advance on the separator, which had plenty of power. The third photo shows the gang that was present for the threshing day.
The next two photos are shots I took of Dave’s 16 HP Advance straw burner. Dave painted it himself and I think he did a fantastic job. Dave is quite the artist, as you can see. I’m lucky if I can print my name so you can read it!
We had seven engines fired up that day and each took its turn on the separator. I sure had fun and I am looking forward to this year’s threshing day.

STEAM ENGINE REGISTRATION

Alex Owen, 288 Allesley Old Road, Coventry, England CVS8GH, has a few questions to ask about steam engines in America. Alex writes:

Is there a register of traction engines preserved in the U.S. and/or Canada? Is there a site on the Internet where I can find out about preserved engines and museums in the U.S. and/or Canada?