| January/February 1959

This is a September, 1909 picture of Mr. W. F. Hovertter's outfit. 8x10 F rick engine and a C 1-30x46 Peerless thresher. We present this picture for two main reasons First, this is a very good picture of a very good outfit. Second, because of Mr. W. F. Hoveretter, Walnut Bottom, Pennsylvania. He has been an outstanding man in the Thresher World all his life. He is standing next to the front wheel of the engine. He has fattened up a little since. Listen to his record He went with the Frick Company, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, December 10th, 1910 as salesman and Branch Manager. While working for Frick Company, he threshed in seven different States and also threshed in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. In 1941 he resigned from Frick Company, to accept President and Manager of The Pennsylvania Threshermen and Farmers Mutual Casualty Insurance Company of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He retired January 1, 1957 and is now living at his home in Walnut Bottom. One of his neighbors reported to me that he is one grand, good man. We wish and pray for him many happy years of retired life. Elmer

A steam locomotive began operation last month in Western New York, and East Aurorans have been journeying to Boulder Park to ride behind it. The train runs on new track only 14 inches wide, and is supposedly intended for the children, but nostalgic parents have been passengers as well. Engine 49 is the only steam amusement park engine in miles, and adults who remember when every park had its little steamer agree that diesel or gasoline power just can't compete for interest.

The locomotive, almost new, was built in 1949. It was used a single season before outgrown and a larger locomotive substituted. The inspector who checked the engine found it in excellent condition. The 2,200 feet of track parallels a shady creek, and a 700-foot extension is contemplated. The open cars from Crystal Beach are mounted on roller bearing trucks. The whistle echoes all over the park, attracting riders from more conventional rides. Boulder Park is about 45 minutes from East Aurora, over uncrowned highways. Route 20-A east to north on Route 77 is the most convenient. The miniature train operates afternoon and evening except Mondays. Two some-time railroaders, John M. Prophet III, and Samuel E. Herrington, are the owners. Other railroaders take a busman's holiday to help. The men agree that diesels may be easier in the work-a-day world, but for their days off and for vacations they want to run steam.

This picture was taken October 1912. My father, Ben Harsch, is standing in front of the filled grain wagon. My uncle, August, is standing in the empty bundle wagon, and a lifelong friend, Stan Wiycoushi, separator man. Both my father and uncle have now passed on. This outfit is a 29 Aultman Taylor thresher and a one cylinder 25 hp. Titan tractor, must have been new that fall. This make of tractor interests me very much, as it was a three generation tractor. My grandfather bought one new at about the same time that my father did. I bought one of them, used, in 1934. I had no use for it, just bought it because I liked it. However, soon after we left that part of the country and both these old Titans were junked in the last war. I would sure like to have one of these tractors, but I do not know of any left in our part of the country. I would travel a long way to see one now. I sure would be glad to hear from any one who has one of these tractors. (There is one of these at the Arthur S. Young Company, Kinzers, Pa. At least that would be a long way to travel to see it. Elmer)