Farm Collector


By Staff


Mr. Clarence Round’s Advance Rumely at the Farm-Home Show,
Lock-port, N. Y., 1954. Clarence is handling the throttle and his
father, George Round, 80 years old, is doing the steering. There
was a thrilling incident at this show. They had a ‘load’
for the tractors to try to pull. No one was able to move the
‘load’ and Mr. Round made the statement that when all
tractors were through his steamer would pull the ‘load’
around the lot. That is what is happening here. Not only did he
pull the ‘load’ but invited all to get on who could. He
did. ‘Gib’ Enders would say if the ‘load’ was loose
at both ends that engine would pull it.

Mr. Ira Nelson of Niagara Falls, N. Y., sends us this picture
with this comment: ‘I have never seen a Canadian made engine or
thresher in your Magazine so I am sending you one. This was my
father’s outfit and was taken about 1917. The engine is a 17
hp. Sawyer-Massey and the separator is a 28×44, same make and made
in Hamilton, Ontario. My father, Richard Nelson, is standing with
his back to the camera. He never took his eyes off the feeder. The
man on the engine is my brother, Leland. Takenin Smithville,

(Evidently Mr. Nelson has not been a reader of the ALBUM very
long as most of you know we have had a history of every Canadian
make well written and illustrated by Mr. Turner of Goderich.)

Threshing on the old Anderson farm, 1952, near Christine, North
Dakota, where grain has been stacked and threshed every year with
steam power since the former owner of this farm came to this
country from Sweden in 1879. It is now owned by his three sons. The
lower is a close up of that Buffalo Pitts double engine new in 1905
and it is fired with straw. The separator is a Northwest 40×64.

J. Howard Smith of Dilworth, Minn., threshing with his 20 hp.
Nichols & Shepard engine and a 30×46 Aultman & Taylor
thresher. Mr. Smith says, ‘This is the heart of the great Red
River Valley and I am only a few miles from Fargo, North Dakota,
which is one of the great machinery centers of our country.

‘I can well remember when most of the town was composed of
one threshing machine company after another and hundreds of steam
engines were seen everywhere. Not only for threshing but plowing,
road building, house moving and heavy hauling.

‘There are still a few good steam engines throughout the
country & most of them steamed up a couple days a, year to
thresh or saw mill. They still draw a crowd of people to see good
old steam power used.’

N. B. Nelson presents his three Model Tractions- Case 65 hp.,
Advance 22 hp., and Huber 20 hp. Each weigh about one thousand
pounds. Nelson says they speak the same language except the Advance
is a little louder. He keeps all three in the show room of his
Implement building. They certainly attract as much attention as the
new machinery. Nice Work. Mr. Nelson lives at Rollag, (post office
at Hawley), Minnesota.

Raymond Laizure of Cadiz, Ohio, and his 16 hp. Russell No.
19918. Notice Rover! Back of front wheel. A dog that is really
thrilled whenever steam is up. He runs a bout and has a great

In the Sept.-Oct., issue Gordon Lee wrote about the Gaar-Scott
and Port Huron of that class saying that these two companies were
the only ones to build such engines. J. F. Percival of Spokane,
Washington, wrote of J. M. Andersons of Fullerton, North Dakota,
owning a Minneapolis 45 hp Double Tandem Compound. These are 1911
models. Mr. Trego thought that some of you would like to know what
the three tandem double compounds looked like.

Mr. Trego would like to hear from the man he met at Mt. Pleasant
and showed him the picture of his fathers 1902 18hp. Peerless
threshing in Iowa.

Mr. Harvey Davis, ‘Lullaby Pines’, Hubbard Lake, Mich.,
sends us this picture and says, ‘This shows the Port Huron soon
after it came off the lowboy trailer following 225 mile trip from a
spot near Port Huron, Mich., where it was built. I was removing the
old cab when my life-partner of more than 40 years came out to
study the ‘Monster’ as she calls it. I call it ‘Old
Smokey’ and my T.T.T. (Ten Ton Toy). My 27-year-old boy calls
it a ‘Displaced Locomotive!’ (We are sorry the picture is
so dark. Mr. Davis sent us a picture of his home but it was so dark
that we could not use it. Ed.)

Frick Traction Drive Saw Mill of about 1910. We thought you
would be interested in this type of Mill Feed.

A sample Frick. engine at Columbus, Ohio in 1901. Frick hit on a
very practical design from the beginning and it lasted with very
few changes as long as traction engines were built.

  • Published on Jan 1, 1955
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