This is Hand Feed Threshing the starting of the horses on the power. Only three teams are used at a time.1963 North Nebraska Thresher Reunion.
The sewing machine is controlled by a press pulley on a short belt. A quarter inch shaft about five inches long with ball bearings is anchored directly under the balance wheel of the sewing machine; the belt from the engine is connected to it. The linkage from the pedal to the press pulley is an enclosed cable.
The engine and counter shaft are mounted on inch ply wood with legs made from inch pipe. This and the sewing machine table is made so they can be demounted and put in the back of a car.
Bud Davis at the left in the picture has helped me very much with putting the engine in good condition. My wife and I are holding a piece of cloth showing what has been written with the machine. She is very skilled at this type of work.
I have attended some of the steam shows and think most of us like fo bring some new hobby each year. This is what makes the shows more interesting.
I hope that I will be able to present this at some show this year.
Here is a picture of our Rumely Gas Pull, 15-30, about 1912. This tractor was bought new by a company of five small farmers of Tuttle, North Dakota in 1912. A collector friend told me about it a year ago, so he and I, along with Dale Hauk of Wolford, North Dakota, drove down to Tuttle and he showed me where it was located. It had stood still in the shed since 1928. After talking to one of the owners, Grace Lewis, a daughter of one of the company's outfit and James Whitmore, also of Tuttle, N. D., and getting the names of the other three owners along with their addresses, I wrote to them. After about 3 more trips to Tuttle and a lot of letter writing I was able to buy this Rumely Gas Pull, complete with an Advance Rumely, 32 x 52, Ideal Thresher which is wood and also in good condition. This tractor has never done any field work, only threshing. After having it home 2 hours I had it running very good.