At the turn of the 20th Century Williams Grove, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, was the 'Wichita' of the East as far as the exhibition of Steam Engines and Threshers, as well as other farming equipment, was concerned.
Making shingles at the Buckeye Steam Show, September 24, 1960. Jack Egbert at the machine.
1908 Advance Compound, 9 x 12 x 10, No. 8191. The Separator is an Advance 36 x 60 and was new in 1904. It was run in Kansas and Oklahoma by Hollis Cortelyou (man with shovel) His father, A. W. Cortelyou, is sitting on the engine. His brother, W. H., is si
9x10 Frick 'Eclipse' Engine, No. 15564, the third and last engine owned by Hollis Cortelyou. 1904-1940 threshing stacks near Caldwell, Kansas, about 1931. Jack Elliott and Hollis at front wheel. Hollis sold this engine in 1940.
In the picture, left to right: Harry Trego, Halstead, Kan.; Edward Hubertus, Utica, Nebr.; A. J. Goodban, York, Nebr.; Wm. Schlecte, Waco, Nebr.; Marcus Leonard, Salina, Kan.; Carrol M. Leonard, Stillwater, Okla; Ray H. Ernst, Wayland, Iowa; John Offutt,
I believe this to be an O. S. Kelly engine made about 1886 as patent dates on side of engine are 1884, 1885, 1886.Photo was taken between 1890 and1895.The man on far side of engine was John Koerner, my wife's foster father and I believe the engineer was a
This is a Waterloo, 30 hp, Made in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and is owned by Less Lowe, R.R. 1, Campbellville, Ontario, and he mostly uses it in his saw-mill but also for threshing and cutting corn.
These Minneapolis Steamers are owned by Bill Albert of Harris, Iowa. Bill has been collecting for about 5 or 6 years. The return Flue is a Mpls. 16 hp and has a 9 x 10 cyl. about 1903 vintage, serial no. 3790. The straight flue Mpls. is a 28 hp with an 11
25 hp Waterloo steam engine and 36 x 56 Waterloo thresher. Picture taken 1908. Dell Willson, engineer at throttle, and my father, Wm. Willson standing on top of thresher. Takenmile west of Boissevain, Manitoba, Can.
Case had her 'Hill Climbing' stunt and Huber had a stunt
peculiar to Huber and Williams Grove. The Yellow Breeches Creek,
quite sizeable, ran through the grounds. Huber would wade in the
creek, water to the rear axle and then dare any other engine to
follow. Huber was the only return flue boiler represented in the
East - it worked!
At the Williams Grove Reunion in 1960, Mr. William King, R.D. 1,
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, repeated the stunt and it was a huge
success. We are glad to present this picture of Mr. King and the
Huber Engine No. 11527 which left the factory October 7th,
Marcus Leonard of Salina, Kansas, fifth from left, a man who
dedicated his productive years to threshing machine operating, then
in the early 1900's, to selling machinery, was tendered
profound esteem on his 89th birthday anniversary, April 23rd, by
many of his long time friends.
A delegation of eleven men, representing five states, converged
on the birthday celebrant's Salina home, to personally extend
felicitations to Mr. Leonard.
Jokes were swapped - fantastic tales were spun - past history of
threshing was retraced before the group at the noon hour adjourned
to a Salina Restaurant to break bread together.
Back t the Leonard home, the afternoon was spent reminiscing and
paying tribute to a man who had endeared himself to these eleven
Leonard, before the turn of the century, operated threshing
machinery. Early in the 1900's he became a sales representative
for threshing machinery, a position he held until the advent of
combines which marked the demise to the threshing machines.
Mr. Leonard has since been retired, but his heart is still with
the steam traction engine.
Mrs. Carroll Leonard and daughter, and Mrs. John Offutt were
there also and served birthday cake and coffee in the afternoon.
All had a very pleasant time.
- A. J. Goodban, York, Nebraska