Farm Collector


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An 0-6-0; and No. 14, another 0-6-0 and No. 1286, a 4-6-2. These
engine belong to George Hart and are used on trips from York to
Delta, Pennsylvania. George has another one a No. 1238 that he was
getting ready for inspection. He runs them over what is called the
Ma and Pa Railroad. No. 1286 was used all 1965 trips to Hagerstown.
Photo taken in 1965 of George’s engines on a siding.

R.R.3, Boonville, Missouri, Walter Shippert, R.R.1, Rochport,
Missouri, Waldo Kirschman, R.R.1, Prairie Home, Missouri. I believe
Stoecklein was the builder of the scale model saw mill and Shippert
and Kirschman were ‘Just helpers’. They had been pulling
the mill with one of the scale model traction steam rigs on
display. They could really make the saw dust fly. Note the gas
engines on display in the background. Most all of these engines
were in running condition and several were running at the time of
our visit to the 5th Annual Steam Engine Show at Boonville,
Missouri on August 10,1968. Also notice the scale model Rumely to
the right. I failed to get the name of the builder and owner.

Both are owned by Waldo Kirschman, R.R.1, Prairie Home,
Missouri. He bought the steam rig new in 1917 and the pulveriser
and crusher in 1922. Kirschman did custom work throughout his
community until about 1940 with these rigs and for about 20 years
he pulled his brothers 36-61 Bellville separator with the Jumbo.
These fellows had some rainy weather for their 3 day show, August
9, 10, and 11, but are looking forward to a bigger and better show
in 1969. Gus Schrader is President and Ed Schlotzhauer is Secretary
of the Boonville show. They had a real nice display of steam rigs,
tractors and cars. Better luck next years fellows.

One of the collection to be seen at the Machine and Steam Museum
in Henderson, Nebraska.This is a fine engine. I saw it twice.
Near  Henderson, Nebraska, I was born and my father operated a
blacksmith shop there 1888-1894. This Museum is a fine one and
there are two good Avery Undermounted engines there.

The logs are out of the Chippewa National Forest which is just
east of Bemidji, Minnesota. It is standing on frozen Lake Bemidji
and the horses moved it. Every year at Bemidji, Minnesota in
February, they have a celebration of Paul Bunyon’s Day on
frozen Lake Bemidji. There were several shacks on the lake and dog
races. Also airplanes took off from the lake and lots of people
literally walked on water. The load of lumber I saw on the lake was
like this picture. It was started by two horses. Some pulling!

There is a reference to an engine with wheels made to operate
over wood tracks or peeled poles. I am enclosing a picture of such
an engine. We have no information about this engine except that it
was used in the state of Ohio. A friend of ours loaned us a very
old picture and our nephew enlarged or blew it up to make it

In the fall, we have a sawing bee here. One of our friends
brings his 8 hp. Peerless to which we hook a buzz saw, at back left
of picture. A drag saw is run by our Nichols and Shepard. I am by
the saw. Another drag saw was hooked to a gas engine. There were
about 200 present. We steam sweet corn with out Nichols and Shepard
every Sunday for our family and friends during corn season. We also
saw patio block from logs.

Florida double-heading a train of 52 cars of newly-cut yellow
pine lumber. A whole shipload being delivered in one lot to the
Seabord Air Line Railroad at Tamiami City, six miles North of Fort
Myers in 1940. Today, the Dowling-Camp Mill is gone, its railroad
and engines gone, as is the Fort Myers Branch of the Seaboard Air
Line. Engineer Rich at throttle of 103 and the late Roy J. collins
running No. 10.


  • Published on Jan 1, 1969
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