Post Card

1 / 8
2 / 8
Replica of John Froelich's first tractor as it was displayed at the Mt. Pleasant Reunion.
3 / 8
Diagram showing the manner of con veying power from the engines main shaft to the four drivers on the Wood, Tabor and Morse four wheel drive traction engine.
4 / 8
A good view of the Lansing 1898 Four Wheel Drive Traction Engine as displayed at the Rough and Tumble Engineers Reunion, 1952. The proud owner, Elmer L. Ritzman of Enola, Pa., at the controls. Mrs. Webster Mooney, Nortonville Kan., was the good photograph
5 / 8
Mr. B. J. Fehr, Box 385, Roanoke, III., sitting on the coal box of the nice engine he built. It took 2,000 man hours in building of which 50 hours were for welding. It was about a year in building. We like this size of an engine. You can have a lot of fu
6 / 8
Dan S. Zehr's Nichols and Shepard of 1881 vintage running strong at the 1952 reunion. Best of mechanical condition. Ernest Cox of 1200 Cincinnati, Lafayette, Indiana, is the happy operator. Mr. Cox is a locomotive engineer on the C.I.L. Railroad
7 / 8
Front end view of the Rubicon four wheel drive traction engine shows how the power is continuously transmitted by means of the counter shaft over the forward axle. One end of said counter shaft is maintained parallel with the engine's main shaft, while a
8 / 8
Lansing Engine in 1888. Note the peculiar boiler. Don't ask us what it looked like inside. We don't know. Neither does the catalog explain. This is the year the engine was patented so this was likely the first engine. Later they made a return flue boiler

Mr. Bill Bircher, 500 Ninth Street, Highland, III., seated on
his 18 hp. Gaar Scott engine which he has kept in perfect condition
for 40 years. Mr. Bircher is 82 years old and the picture was taken
on the Highland Fairgrounds in 1952. He gave several threshing
demonstrations there during the Fair. One spectator said, ‘runs
smooth as a clock.’ 

Mr. Bircher started out with threshing gangs and their rigs at
the age of 15, and for 55 years ran his own outfit. Threshing
throughout the Highland area and Northern Illinois. He remained
active with his steam engine until four years ago when the combine
took over. At the rear of his home is a barn housing his prized
engine and a wooden separator that is about 70 years old. Mr. Bert
Leutwiler, a machinist, of Highland, helps Bill keep the engine in
perfect shape. Bill and Bert fired the engine last Fall for the
editor to play with it a while. And that was another perfect
day.

Farm Collector Magazine
Farm Collector Magazine
Dedicated to the Preservation of Vintage Farm Equipment