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Courtesy of Frederick H. Semple, 11 Danfield Road, Saint Louis 17, Missouri.
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One of my Cretors steam engines complete with a boiler I built. The boiler and plumbing is all brass. The engine and boiler sets on a mahogany formica base. The boiler is fired by a Coleman gasoline stove unit.
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20 hp. Advance-Rumely engine owned by Ray Wenger of Sturgis, Michigan. This very fine engine was a newcomer to the Old Time Thresher Show and will be seen again at the 1970 Show. Photo by Ernest Hoffer.
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Mud wagon stagecoach made by Abbot and Downing Company in 1880. Also made the Concord stage. Both are the same except the Concord had two doors. These are the ones seen on TV.
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Courtesy of S. P. Stevens, 239 Windsor Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78228.
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Courtesy of Harold J. Gay, 633 Cleveland Street, Decatur, Indiana 46733
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Courtesy of Harold J. Gay, 633 Cleveland Street, Decatur, Indiana 46733.
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25-75 Russell engine owned by Percy Sherman of Palmyra, Michigan. Percy is waiting in line for the big parade held each year at the Old Time Thresher Show. Photo by Ernest Hoffer.

Paddlewheel Steamer – MINNE HA – HA Lake George, New York,
U.S.A. (Put into service – July 30, 1969)

Length: 102′, Beam: 28′, Draft: 3′, 285 Gr. Tons

HULL AND SUPERSTRUCTURE: Lake George Steamboat Co. Inc. Welded
steel construction, fireproof

STERN WHEEL ENGINE: Semple Engine Co. 8′ x 48′ 2
cylinders single expansion 1 50 Horsepower 26 r.p.m. 200
p.s.i. saturated steam atmosphere exhaust 2  slide valves each
cylinder Stephenson reverse adjustable cutoff

BOILER: International Boiler Works 200 p.s.i. operating pressure
oil fired 6000 lbs. saturated steam per hour

PADDLEWHEEL Semple Engine Co. 12′ diameter 11′ long –
5′ diam. shaft

AUXILIARIES: Generator 25 kva, 110/220 v., 3 phase driven by 40
horsepower Troy steam engine Capstan 15 horsepower Soule steam
engine 2 Worthington duplex steam pumps operate interchangeably for
feed water, bilge and fire. Simple feed water heater and oil

A Cretors sidewalk model steam-operated popcorn and peanut
wagon. It is completely restored and looks and runs like factory
new. There are only a very few of these old original popcorn wagons
still in existence.

I am 56 years of age and when I was a little boy in a small
northern Texas town, there was an old man who made his living
operating a popcorn wagon just like this one. I will never forget
the little clown cranking the peanut glass tumbler. The old man
told me that the little clown cranked the whole machine, steam
engine, peanut tumbler and popper.

‘100 years old and still in perfect working order.’ Case
engine No. 25 built by the J. I. Case Company of Racine, Wisconsin,
sometime around the year 1870. This engine was used originally to
pump water for the town, now city, of Angola, Indiana. Angola is
the county seat of Stueben County, located in the extreme northeast
corner of Indiana. Old Case No. 25 was furnished to the Old Time
Thresher Show by the Brindle Bros. well known Allis-Chalmers
dealers of La Otto, Indiana. This engine can be seen in action at
the 1970 Old Time Thresher Show. Photo by Ernest Hoffer.

100 year old Sycamore Log This section of a sycamore log, at
least one hundred years old, was given to the Old Time Thresher
Show by the Yaney sawmill near Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The size of it
can be compared to the wagon frame and to the nearby

The ‘Monster’ to the left of the log, symbolizes the
Beast of Busco, supposedly seen in one of the nearby lakes and
created a lot of publicity. This ‘Monster’ was furnished to
the Old Time Thresher Show by the American Legion 157 of
Churubus-co, Indiana. Photo by Ernest Hoffer.

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