POST CARD


| May/June 1963

  • Stella Gorden
    Here is a postal card picture of the last time I pulled in with the rig in Flaxton, North Dakota. This was in the fall of 1915, when I knocked out $30,000 worth of grain for Mr. Charlie Gad. Gad was a great farmer. He believed in plowing 8' deep.
  • 6 HP Westinghouse traction engine
    Here is a picture of my 6 HP Westinghouse traction engine made in 1897. I have just restored this engine and it runs like a sewing machine. The boiler is state inspected and passed by the State of New York.
  • Steam macadam roller
    Kelly Springfield 10 ton steam macadam roller. Shop No. 10880, built-7-1922. Restored and owned by Howard Shaw. Howard bought this Kelly Roller from a collector a few years ago. He uses it for shows and does a little rolling on drive-ways in the summer ti
  • The threshing train
    Here is a photo of the threshing train of which I was the fireman at Surey, North Dakota in the year of 1907.
  • 25 Horse Russell
    Here is a picture of the 25 Horse Russell on the William Bretthauer, Sr. farm 5 miles south of Yorkville, Ill. in August 1939. This engine was finally destroyed in a saw mill fire.
  • Gas engine
    This gas engine was taken from a double top washing machine. I made it over into a steam engine. It runs.
  • A one-horse gasoline Briggs Stratton motor
    Here is a picture of the horse and cart that I built during the winters of 1958 and 1959. The horse is made from ordinary boards. It is powered by a one-horse gasoline Briggs Stratton motor.
  • Free lance model
    Here is a picture of my 2' free lance model I pirchased from Rita Cornall of Sidney, New York. I do not know who the builder was. It has 2 cylinders, 6' flywheel, 12' drivers and carries 75 lbs. steam. It also performs beautifully.
  • Case 65
    Here I am loading a Case 65 on a truck to be shipped to Dubuke, Iowa, loaded about 3 miles from the farm I used to live on in Tazewell Co. Ill.
  • Model Advance Engine
    MODEL ADVANCE ENGINE. Length, 4 ft. Width, 25 in. Bore, 1; stroke, 3. Height to top of stack, 30 in. Flywheel diam. 8 in. 1 yr. old. Excellent. $850. Delbert Laughlin, 219 S. Pine St., Olathe, Kans. PO 4-1697 f63
  • 1915 Case Traction Engine

  • 1915 Case Traction Engine


  • Stella Gorden
  • 6 HP Westinghouse traction engine
  • Steam macadam roller
  • The threshing train
  • 25 Horse Russell
  • Gas engine
  • A one-horse gasoline Briggs Stratton motor
  • Free lance model
  • Case 65
  • Model Advance Engine
  • 1915 Case Traction Engine
  • 1915 Case Traction Engine

On top of the engine, Miss Stella Gorden-down on the ground, Engineer Emil A. Nelson, helper, Leo Dusteroff, Mrs. George Hinds, and owner of theseparator, Mr. Ole Swnnes. We pulled in with separator, cook car and 500 gal gas tank, and 3 or 4 wagons.

The cart frame is ' gas pipe. The wheels are from an old weed mower. The picture was taken at the 1959 Threshermens Reunion held at the Pontiac, Ill. 4-H Park (Livingston Co. 4-H Park). The little girl driver is the daughter of Mr. Ernie Cox of Lafayette, Indiana, a former steam engine thresherman. The horse and cart were also exhibited at the Steam Engine Threshing Show at the Springfield, Illinois State Fair.

Here is a picture of my No. 3 scale model of the 1915 Case Traction Engine which I now have under construction. It is just about finished. I made the pattern's myself and had the castings poured at the local foundry. I did all the machine work myself. It runs and drives good, has lots of power. Here are some of the specifications; Bore 2', Stroke 2 5/8' Boiler shell 7' inside diameter, 8 only l 1/8' seamless Steel flues, Rear wheels 18', Front wheels 12', Hydrostatic test of 220 lbs. Carries 100 lbs. steam pressure. It took me 4 winters to make the patterns and build the engine and it is a basement project.

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