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Courtesy of Sam Osborne, R. D. 3, Dover, Pennsylvania 1893 ''Single T'' Peerless, 16 Hp. with original wooden spoked wheels. It was originally operated by a bootleg ''Moonshine'' ''still in hills of West Virginia, before found, bought and restored by Sam.
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Courtesy of Walter Lekies, Medford, Wisconsin 54451 My steam engine! It's a Minneapolis double, 26 horse, built in 1907, rebuilt at the factory in 1922. The old kettle has 39 2 inch flues, No. 5667. I think the drain of a boiler on the bottom and the clea
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Courtesy of D. E. Rutter, 35 Newlands Lane, Chichester, Sussex, England Burrell 5 Ton Motor Tractor No. 3458 - 1913 4 H. P. ''Defiance'' Owned by Shipman & Baker of Hurst, Berks. Present owners have made extensive repairs to boiler and firebox, now used o
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Courtesy of Herbert Huck, R.D.I, Lowell, Ohio 45744 That's me sitting on top of a rick of slab wood which I chopped, split and stacked up for reserve for firing the steam engine. I was firing the steam engine at the time this picture was taken.
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Courtesy of W. H. Knapp, Box 593, Monroe, Michigan 48161 34 ft. Cruiser, 10 hp. Compound and 12 hp. Vertical boiler. About 8 miles per hour.
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Courtesy of Lewis J. Meachem, Route 3, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 This is a Scheidler engine that was last used on a sawmill in 1938 at Buckeye Furnace, Ohio. I took this picture of it on January 15, 1967. I guess Mr. Raymond Laizure will like it.
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Courtesy of Lewis J. Meachem, Route 3, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 Here is a picture of my cousin, Rav Meache.m, and his steam engine that he rebuilt last winter. This is a Nagel boiler built in Erie, Pennsylvania. He used this engine to cut slab wood in fron
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Courtesy of Lewis J. Meachem, Route 3, Chillicothe. Ohio 45601 This is another view of the Scheidler engine. Picture taken on January 15, 1967.
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Courtesy of Lewis f. Meachem, Route 3, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 Here is a picture of Mr. Rov Ellis' Port Huron engine of Greenfield, Ohio. That is my son, Jeff, on the tank.

Courtesy of Mrs. Harry Zimmerlein, 10014th Ave., Mendota,
Illinois 61342 This is a 20 hp. Minneapolis pulling hedge, in about
1945. On the picture are three generations of Zimmerleins, Harry,
standing at the extreme left, and on the engine his father, Wm. F.,
and our son, Kenneth. Harry is the only survivor and now owner of
the engine. His father, his grandfather and his uncle were steam
engine men from way back, each having owned several steam engines.
Among them were 3 Gaar-Scotts, 1 Case and 1 Advance. With them, the
Zimmerleins threshed, shelled and shredded corn, drilled wells for
many miles around and also ran much machinery in the shop on the
farm near La Moille, Illinois.

This Minneapolis was bought new in 1919 and was used regularly
until about 1932. Thereafter, it was fired up only

Courtesy of William F. Barf knecht, 234 West 6th St., Superior,
Nebraska 68978 I am going to write you a little note about my early
threshing career. When I was a little boy, I went to see every
threshing rig in our neighborhood and I stayed close to the men,
sometimes too close.

It started in the year 1904. I was working out by the month.
That fall I got a job at Mt. Care. A couple of men leased a machine
from Mr. Brinkerhoff; in fact Brink had two machines, one was
return flue Minnesota Chief with a chain drive and a hand feed
machine with a weigher and wind stacker. The other was a new Huber
18 HP engine and complete separator. Anyway, I got a job with the
big machine, and with Bill Zimmerman. He was a local man, and Dr.
Griffith, he was a man who came up from Kansas City every year to
run one of Mr. Brinker-hoff’s machines. They were paying $3.00,
$2.50 a day for machine men. I received the whole sum of $.50 a day
for carrying the oil can around and help set the machine and
that’s $.50 a day, not $.50 an hour; and I hauled water and ran
the separator till 1909 when I bought the rig. It’s a Northwest
engine, 16 H.P. and a 32-56 separator and I ran this rig 6 falls.
The separator was shot. In 1915 I bought a new Case rig 36-58 and
50 H.P. engine. That was really a wet year to get a new

I did a lot of threshing but didn’t make much money. I
traded the steamer off 1931. Coal went up to $14.00 a ton and that
was lump coal. Then we got a 25-40 Allis Chalmers tractor to thresh
with. It was in 1949 when we did the last oats threshing.
That’s when the combine took over. It was in 1918 when the
first world war I cleaned up over $100.00 a day. The best day
threshing I ever did was 1900 bushels of wheat a day. I am now 80
years old.


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