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The 1960 Central States Thresher man's Reunion

| November/December 1963

  • Elyria gas engine
    Elyria gas engine, called Little Big Engine. The U. S. Automatic Co., Amherst, Ohio had 4 of these engines, size 75 hp, speed 275, bore 10 in. stroke 15 in. Water cooled pistons and rod and exhaust valve. The rod had metallic packing in. We had no muffler
  • Steam portable engine
    This is my model steam portable, which is coal or wood fired, 10 in. shell 14-5/8 flues, 4 in. center flue with 40 ft. of copper coil which makes a very nice steamer. l5/8 bore, 2 stroke, built entirely of steel cross head and hand pump, but am going to g
  • 13 HP Russell
    In this picture is a 13 HP Russell. This engine did not look like this when I bought it It has been restored by many hours of hard work. This is the engine the ladies fall in love with. It has been photographed a thousand times.
  • Steam car
    Here is a picture of my steam car.
  • Machine powered by oxen
    Here is an old-fashioned machine powered by oxen. Information as follows: 'This ox-driven outfit is the only one of its kind in the world. The thresher was built in 1890. I broke the cattle to the yoke. I made, along with the bows, the forgins and
  • Mogul
    Here is a picture of me standing beside my Mogul in 1917 at Truro, Iowa.
  • Advance engine
    1916 season in southwest Missouri. Advance engine. Case separator with feeder taken off and hand feed on.
  • 2040 case tractor

  • Aultman-Taylor Engine
    An Aultman-Taylor Engine, No. 1839, in front of Wild Woody's Bargain Barn, 4200 South Noland Rd., Independence, Missouri. The picture was taken in Dec, 1961. This old machine is painted colors that it probably didn't have originally. Condition now known,
  • Engine
    This engine was built in 1936. The cylinder is 3/16' x1', the boiler is 5', the tubes are 7' x 5/8' and the overall length is 32'.
  • Typical Russian windmill
    Here is a picture of a typical Russian windmill.
  • Reunion Gems
    Reunion Gems
  • Ed Olson
    Here is a good picture of one of those old time 'Iron Men' who did the work before there were machines. This was near Newark, Illinois. Pictured above-way back in 1938 is-Ed Olson, who husked this load the hard way on the farm of Tom Fletcher.
  • Stanley Steamer
    Here is a picture of my Stanley Steamer which I have restored. I built a water tube boiler for it and it is fired with propane gas. I use 500 to 600 pounds steam pressure on the boiler and it has power and pickup to spare.
  • Engine and Case Separator
    This picture of a Case 20-40 Engine and Case Separator was taken way back in 1915.
  • Steam traction engine

  • Car
    Here is a picture of the first car built by the International Harvester Co. in 1908.
  • Port Huron
    This picture was taken in 1915 about mile north of Ypsilanti, Michigan at the home of Harvey James. The separator is a Port Huron 33 x 50, new in 1900. It was the first self feeder and wind stacker in that neighborhood. The men, left to right, are: Andrew
  • Hart-Parr Tractor
    Hold Combine, 22 x 45 Hart-Parr Tractor at Welby, Sask., about 1909.
  • Avery Gas Tractor
    This is a picture of my recently built Avery Gas Tractor. I love this little fellow. It runs very good and pulls me on a cart over the yard. I have built a 4 wheel chariot to pull behind it for small children. Tractor is on rubber and anti or ball bearing
  • Steam outfit
    This is the first steam outfit I ran in 1911, a Case 25-75HP pulling 8-14' John Deere plows on prairie. My two brothers are on the outfit with me.

  • Elyria gas engine
  • Steam portable engine
  • 13 HP Russell
  • Steam car
  • Machine powered by oxen
  • Mogul
  • Advance engine
  • 2040 case tractor
  • Aultman-Taylor Engine
  • Engine
  • Typical Russian windmill
  • Reunion Gems
  • Ed Olson
  • Stanley Steamer
  • Engine and Case Separator
  • Steam traction engine
  • Car
  • Port Huron
  • Hart-Parr Tractor
  • Avery Gas Tractor
  • Steam outfit

Here is a picture of the half-size steam traction that I built. I purchased the cylinder assembly which has a 4' bore and 4' stroke. The flywheel crank disc. reverse gear and brackets have been cast from wood patterns which were made to dimensions to fit with the size of the cylinder assembly, The flywheel is 17' dia. and 5' wide, crank disc is 8' dia. x 1' with a 13/8' shaft 26' long. The base for this engine is made to resemble a 15' dia. boiler to which the engine frame mounting brackets fit perfectly with the hope that I find someone that can furnish or sell me a 14' or 15' dia. horizontal boiler.

I am quite proud of this engine, possibly because I have designed and built a lot of it, looking at the picture it is difficult to determine the size. I should have put a yardstick in the picture with the engine for a comparison. I call this THE ROGGE ENGINE. Suppose you can guess where I got that name.

This picture was taken in front of our house at the Annual Pioneer Automobile Assoc. Meeting held at our home. It is held every year on the third Sunday in October. We also have a Port Huron 19 HP which was used that day hauling a trailer with children as passengers.

This picture was taken in Russia in 1913. The tractor is a Case 2040, two cylinder with 9' bore by 10' stroke operated at 450 rpm. The plow is a 5 bottom John Deere Engine Gang. In our opinion, it was the best plow available to us at that time. The photograph also gives you some of the appearance of the Russian Steppes as well as the people who live there. This photo graph was taken at what was the Western Asiatic frontier in the prairie lying between the Volga and Ural Rivers north of the Caspian Sea. The tractor was operated on what was known as 'White Naptha' which came from the Sorokahn Oil Fields in the Baku area and was burned just as it came from the ground. Its distillate characteristics were comparable to No. 1 fuel oil but must have had an excellent octane rating as it could be used in this tractor without any auxiliary water injector through the carburetor.



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