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| January/February 1959

  • The Horse Power
    A close up of part of the Horse Power (Sweep Power) machine scene at the L. K. Wood Threshing Bee. I wish someone would get a kind of an aerial view of the 10 horses working on this machine. It would be a rare sight and a rare picture. Won't some of you c
  • From a Frick catalog
    From a Frick catalog. A sectional view of a Frick Peanut Picker. Many of our readers are not acquainted with the Peanut Picker and we thought it would be interesting to reproduce it here. I never was around one so it was quite interesting to me. Elmer
  • Port Huron engine
    Port Huron engine and an A. W. Stevens separator. Mr. A. R. Mitchell at the throttle, was born in 1883 and started threshing with steam engines at 18 years of age. He threshed for over 30 years with steam rigs. His first engine was a Gaar Scott and he nex
  • Gasoline Engine
    The LAUSON gasoline engine known as the Frost King and made by the John Lauson Mfg. Company, New Holstein, Wisconsin. The picture was taken from their catalog No. 13.
  • 1896 Russell 10 hp and a 36x58 Case
    A 1905 threshing scene. 1896 Russell 10 hp. and a 36x58 Case Agitator thresher. Of course it was built of wood. It has an extra straw stacker which was run from the thresher. This stacker was called the Katy Did stacker. So called because it looked like o
  • A steam locomotive

  • Case steam engine
    This 65 Case steam engine has seen many a hard days work. It still runs and sounds like new. The man in the cab is Frank Freimouth, the owner. This engine is on display at the Freimouth Implement Company, Case Dealer, Torrington, Wyoming.
  • 8x10 F rick engine

    Mr. W. F. Hovertter
  • Titan tractor

  • The outfit of I.R. Arnold
    The outfit of I.R. Arnold, 21 So. 44th Street, Belleville, Illinois
  • Sled runners for the Lauson Frost King
    Sled runners for the Lauson Frost King They were made to fit the axle of the portable rigs.
  • Type of an engine
    Here is a wonderful old picture. Unfortunately there is no name on the picture so we are giving it to you to enjoy and ponder. Maybe the owner will write us. We are not familiar with that type of an engine. ELMER

  • The Horse Power
  • From a Frick catalog
  • Port Huron engine
  • Gasoline Engine
  • 1896 Russell 10 hp and a 36x58 Case
  • A steam locomotive
  • Case steam engine
  • 8x10 F rick engine
  • Titan tractor
  • The outfit of I.R. Arnold
  • Sled runners for the Lauson Frost King
  • Type of an engine

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)



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