Post Card


| July/August 1966



Pemigewasset River this bridge

Courtesy of Mr. A. Thomas, 15 Oxford St., Winchester, Mass. The new covered bridge at Ed Clark's Trading Post in Lincoln, New Hampshire just after it was moved across the west branch of the Pemigewasset River. This bridge was bought from Mr. Pinsly's Mont

A. Thomas

Of all the dozen railroad covered bridges in New England, this one alone had the proper construction to facilate easy dismanteling and assembling. It is a Howe truss design with large timbers and steel rods which makes its dissembly and erection easier than the Town Lattise type.

This view shows the bridge moved across the river. Due to local drought conditions, the river is the lowest it has been in years. The bridge was assembled on land, each side laying on the ground. When the sides were completed, they were lifted erect by a rented crane and the remainder of the bridge completed. The bridge is about 100 feet long and was built about 1900. Many of the now existing covered railroad bridges were built during this period, as local labor and wood was cheap and plentiful. However, main line bridges were built of steel and many of the branch line wooden bridges were rebuilt as they burned down. At the present time there are 8 railroad covered bridges left in New England still in service. They are gradually giving way to fire and abandonment, at the rate of about one every five years. The oldest railroad covered bridge in this area was burned this spring at Bennington, New Hampshire by the diesel of the local freight, which got itself marooned at Hillsboro for a week for this deed. Needless to say, strict fire, control measures will be used on the railroad here.

The bridge was moved to the piers on rollers and pulled by an old Lynn tractor and a big block and tackle. Ed's crew, David Clark and Peter Thompson, had previously layed a double track railroad across the river from abutment to abutment and rolled 4 log cars into the river. On these log cars blocking was assembled to hold the east end of the bridge up while the pull across the river was being made. The final move across the river was made on one day by the boys while father Clark was busy with the business at the trading post. The bridge lined up exactly to center when the move was completed, which speaks well for these junior bridge builders, none of whom is over 18 years old. Just as in the old years, when these men who designed and built bridges seldom were beyond their twenties, these youngsters proved that young people can still produce when inspired. And a covered bridge is properly inspiring.

This threshing scene was photographed in 1946 near Osseo, Minnesota. The engine is a 1914, 25 HP, Minneapolis and the separator is a 36 x 58 Russell built about 1924. When George purchased this separator it was about 35% dismantled and in the process of being sold for scrap during the second world war. George retrieved all the parts and the machine was restored to A-l condition. The man in the picture on the engine is George Bednar, owner of the rig, threshing on his land at Osseo, Minnesota.

This picture of my threshing outfit was taken in 1954 near Osseo, Minnesota. The engine is a 22 HP Advance straw butner built about 1908. I restored this engine to factory original in 1951. The engine was previously owned by Thompson Threshing Company of Buffalo, Minnesota. In the picture I am on the engine. The separator is a 36 x 58 Minneapolis, steel machine. I now have a 36 x 56 Red River Special with 14 ft. Garden City feeder and weigher. In the picture the men pitching in to the machine are George Bednar on the left and George Lorsen on the right.

This picture was taken in 1908 following the first threshing job done by this outfit. This is a Leader Separator, 28 cylinder, 50' separator and a 12 HP Engine. This outfit was built in Marion, Ohio by the Leader Threshing Company. The machine was owned and operated by my brother, E. H. Huston, now deceased, and I for a period of 10 years. It had been stored and in fine shape. Two years ago I sold it to Harry Rodgers, who lives south of Lisbon, Ohio. It is in fine running order today. Mr. Rodgers had it to the Old Threshing Conventions last fall.