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| July/August 1960

  • 25 HP Nichols and Shepard Engine
    Picture was taken in 1938 of the 25 hp Nichols and Shepard engine. The engineer was George Squires who passed away in 1951. I think he was one of the best engineers that ever pulled a throttle. The one leaning against the tool box is myself and I was then
  • Steam Threshing Demonstration

  • Monon Converted to Diesel
    At the Pontlac Reunion, August 28, 1958, Engine No. 2721 built by A. W. Stevens Co., Marinette, Wisconsin. Owner, J. Roberts, McClean, Illinois. Engineer E. Cox, of Lafayette, Ind., who is a locomotive engineer on the MONON Railroad, tells me that he star
  • Buffalo Pitts Engine
    Buffalo Pitts engine, straw burner and Wood Pitts machine. A 1st Wood Feeder. Notice old time straw carrier and piles. 1890-1897, name of owner unknown. This is a fine old-time picture of the gay 90's.
  • Truck
    All loaded up to go home from the Reunion last June at Montpelier. That's J. P., himself, on the truck. June 30, 1959.
  • 21 x 29 Thresher
    Pennsylvania 21 x 29 thresher, built in 1880 by Heebner & Son of Landale, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County. This thresher can be seen at the Buckeye Threshers Show in September.
  • Minneapolis 22 HP
    This engine was built in 1890. My dad, A. W. Pace, bought it in 1896. It is a Minneapolis 22 hp. return flu, running a 3656 Red River Special Separator with Garden City wings. Stack threshing took place at the Oscar Swensen farm, 2 miles northwest of Hamm
  • Krueger Fan

  • 26 HP Advance Compound Engine

  • Case 50 HP Steam Engine
    My neighbor's Case 50 hp steam engine taken winter of 1958 when the thermometer was standing around zero or below. Mr. Laurence Apgar, owner of the engine is on the right and his neighbor, Mr. Paul King on the left. Laurence has been rebuilding it as you
  • 22 HP Keck Gonnerman Engine
    Russell plowing with his 22 hp Keck Gonnerman engine in summer of 1959.
  • Scene in Tulare County
    A wonderful old picture of a scene in Tulare County, California. It must have been taken in the early 90's. I am sure I count 25 mules. Knowing mules as I do, I believe I would rather drive a 110 case or a Reeves. -- Elmer.
  • 16 HP Lang Button
    Pictured above is the now deceased Adelbert Smith of Spring Lake, New York, who owned this 16 hp Lang Button made in Ithaca. This picture was taken in 1921 and the engine was ten years old. It was used to thresh with and on a saw-mill and did fine work.
  • 1915 Frick Tractor
    1915 Frick Tractor owned by the Millers. Frank and his grandson on that ancient machine.
  • 10-65 HP Port Huron
    10-65 hp Port Huron made in 1916. Mrs. Miller says, 'There are lots of people stop to see it who have never seen a steam engine. Mr. Miller has 85 tractors, 3 steam engines and about 20 stationary gas engines. Also a 1919 Dodge touring and a 1911 Maxwell
  • Titan Engine
    The Millers get a Titan. -- Gil mar Johnson's place, Frederick, Wisconsin.
  • Curator George Shepherd

  • Threshing in 1897
    Threshing in 1897. Victor is the engineer, he has his hand on the reverse. Your guess as to the make of engine is better than mine, I always guess wrong. -- Elmer.
  • 12 HP A. W. Stevens engine
    Here's Don with his 12 hp A. W. Stevens engine taken at the 1959 New York State Fair. There were 9 engines in all. One 6 hp Westinghouse, one 10 hp Lang and Button, one Buffalo-Pitts, one Waterloo made in Canada and 4 Case engines.

  • 25 HP Nichols and Shepard Engine
  • Steam Threshing Demonstration
  • Monon Converted to Diesel
  • Buffalo Pitts Engine
  • Truck
  • 21 x 29 Thresher
  • Minneapolis 22 HP
  • Krueger Fan
  • 26 HP Advance Compound Engine
  • Case 50 HP Steam Engine
  • 22 HP Keck Gonnerman Engine
  • Scene in Tulare County
  • 16 HP Lang Button
  • 1915 Frick Tractor
  • 10-65 HP Port Huron
  • Titan Engine
  • Curator George Shepherd
  • Threshing in 1897
  • 12 HP A. W. Stevens engine

The Western Development Museum often claims, and so do others, that they pull in old relics that haven't turned a wheel for 25 or 35 years. This photograph bears out that statement. This old time portable was made by the R. Whitelaw Company at Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, quite possibly in the 1890's. It stood in a fence corner so long on a Saskatchewan farm at Creel man that a Manitoba Maple grew right through the wheel. Our truck driver, Bruce Phelps, had to chop away with an axe before he could free the engine. It was a case of nature losing out. She tried to anchor the tractor to the ground but the Museum won the final round. That's Curator George Shepherd examining the tree rings and, as everyone admits, it's a good picture of the tree. Indications are that the tree took close to thirty years to do the job you see in the picture. What we are after is to find out if any readers of the ALBUM could supply us with picture, cuts or any information on the Whitelaw engines. We are working the engine over now, leaving the tree trunk in, of course, and we would be most grateful if we could get a head-on shot or a sideways shot or any information on the Whitelaw engines. We appeal to all old-timers to help us out.

On September 26th and 27th, 1959, Al Hamilton, Jack Kadinger, and Nels Westergard presented their second annual Steam Threshing Demonstration on the Westergard farm located 11 miles South of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Three engines provided the steam to thresh four large stacks of grain. In addition, several older gasoline tractors and miniature steam engines were on display and operating. The Horseless Carriage Club of Sioux Falls were present with many antique automobiles, all in running condition. A parade was held both days and each former engineer was given a chance to show his skill at operating rigs. The rainy weather hurt our crowd considerable the first day but the total attendance was well into the thousands. Cars were seen from as far away as West Virginia and Oklahoma as well as the four state area surrounding South Dakota. Armed with the intention of keeping this part of the 'good old days' alive, these three gentlemen are planning for a bigger and better show next year.

The 'Krueger Fan' at Joy land Park, August 9, 1959, in Wichita, Kansas. At the time this picture was taken, the Fan was pulled by Harold Ottaway's 1906 7 hp FOOS portable gas engine, No. 23398. His FOOS engine has 40 in. flywheels, 28 in. belt pulley, 1 cyl., hit and miss governed at 310 rpm. The power and load balanced out at 760 rpm. for the Fan and 300 rpm. for the engine, which had to 'hit every lick'. Ted Krueger, originator of this type fan, says he has pulleys 8 in. to 14 in., in 1 in. steps, for the Fan, which rims are quick-changing by bolting the size desired to a master hub at one end of the Fan shaft. To hear those little 1/3 scale steamers 'talk' when pulling the Fan, will give you 'goose pimples'. Ted also states that the photo on page 32 of the January-February, 1960 IRON-MEN is of a 1912 Fairbanks-Morse 15-25 hp., 1 cylinder. Oil-Tractor. It belongs to William Tichenor of Charleston, Illinois.

Pictured is a 26 hp Advance Compound engine bought in 1909, by Millin Brothers. We then owned an 18 hp Compound Advance and 32 x 54 separator, 36 x 56 Advance separator and 12 roll Advance shredder, an 8 roll Deer shredder, Garr-Scott clover huller and a Frick saw mill. I am sitting on the only one left now. I sold to the other partners in 1915. Before I bought in with my brothers I threshed at Brownsdale, Minnesota, and Sisseton, South Dakota, and ran a steam plowing outfit at Hettinger, North Dakota, one season. I am retired now, and 77 years, but still enjoy the reunions.