| March/April 1978

Martin Martinson, present owner of this 1913 Rumely Oil Pull and new Racine thresher. Restored by Herbert Reese and Martinson after it being idle for over 45 years. This rig was purchased new in 1913 by the late John & Joe Reese at Korstad, Minnesota, who used it until 1917 when Reese bought it. He sold it to Martinson in 1930. Reese and Martinson started to restore it in May, 1976. After a lot of hard work, we got it completed and threshed with it at the county fair on July 29, 1976. Got first prize. Submitted by Billy M. Byrd, 369 South Harrig Street, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431.

A Milwaukee Bi-Polar locomotive leads the Olynpian west from Othello, Washington. Ahead lies the Columbia River, the Saddle Mountains, the Ellensburg Valley, the Cascade Mountains and the Puget Sound cities of Tacoma and Seattle. Five bi-polar gearless motors were built in 1919 for passenger service on the electrified sections of the Milwaukee Road. These 76' long, 265 ton locomotives were capable of pulling trains weighing over 1000 tons over any grade on the line. Quiet, efficient, powerful and fast, these locomotives operated into the 1960s for a life of some forty years. Today the Olympian is gone, only one Bi-Polar survives in a museum, the overhead electrification has been scrapped, and the railroad is freight only and powered by diesel-electric locomotives. Submitted by Dale Martin, Bellevue, Washington 98801.

This is a picture of a steam engine that was blown up. This happened November 29, 1913, south of my home. The rig belonged to my uncle, Orvil Trobaugh. The engineer was Tom Essary. No one was hurt in the accident. My dad and brother went to the scene after the explosion and they asked Tom if he had plenty of water in the boiler and he said that he had plenty of water, but it was old, muddy water. Dad said that Tom had just stepped up on the platform and had just turned on the injector when it happened. It was a Case engine. Don't know what make the sawmill was. Maybe some of the readers of the magazine might know. Courtesy of Herman Hutchison, R. R. 5, McLeansboro, Illinois 62859.

This picture was taken in Yorkvillc, Illinois in the year of 1910. The picture shows a 60 HP J.I. Case engine and a 36 x 58 threshing machine, brand new shipped from Racine, Wisconsin to Yorkville, Illinois. This shows right after unloading from Burlington Railroad flat car and ready to go to Herman Bieritz's farm, 5 miles south of town for the first job. Some of the men in the picture are standing on the ground by the thresher, from left to right: Herman Bieritz, the third man is John Neusiis, man by drive wheel of engine is Case Company set up man and the man on the engine nearest band wheel is Mr. Fred Hardicopf, engineer. The year previous to this, in 1909, a committee of three men, Herman Bieritz, William Leifbeit and Charlie Coleman, went to the J.I. Case Showroom in Chicago on Michigan Avenue to look at a machine and so this is what they bought for a price of $2,500.00. I recently saw a copy of the freight bill payment on this outfit from Racine, Wisconsin to Yorkville, Illinois it was under $38.00. Herman Bieritz was my father. Courtesy of Walter C. Bieritz, Route 2, Box 215, Yorkville, Illinois 60560.