Post Cards


| July/August 1958

  • 25hp. Gaar Scott engine
    A 25hp. Gaar Scott engine with 40 inch Advance separator near Watertown, SouthDakota,in1907. Further identity is lost. To have your picture taken in that day was an event.
  • Ground broken for Museum
    GROUND BROKEN FOR MUSEUM
  • Reeves Engine and a Huber  separator
    A picture of Mr. Tronson's fathers' outfit taken on the last threshing job of the 1912 season. It was on the Henry Quinn farm east of Amherst, Wisconsin. Mr. Tom Tronson is standing where the dog's tail is crossing his legs. T. J. Tronson is standing on t
  • Springfield outfit
    Picture of a Springfield outfit in operation taken from their 1885 catalog. (I am not much of a thresherman but that is a wonderful stream of straw pouring from that stacker. One man never built a stack that nice with a stream of straw like that. -Elmer)
  • 30hp. Avery Tractor
    A 30hp. Avery undermounted operating a Yellow Fellow 40 inch machine with Garden City feeder. They were threshing flax and burning straw in the engine. Taken about 1915 in the eastern part of Montana. Courtesy of Johnnie R. Anderson. (No address)
    Johnnie R. Anderson
  • 10 hp, Nichols and Shepard steam traction engine'

    W. M. Fry of Sedgwick and J. D. Fry
  • Westinghouse outfit
    Westinghouse outfit at the beginning of the century. Owned by E. Sanderson, Lacona, New York.
  • Reunion Gems
    Reunion Gems-
  • Huber double Engine
    The dead has come to life. We had our grave doubts if there was one in existence. Mr. Nelson Howard says, Mr. Mauzy, who lives about 15 miles northwest of me has one. I think it is a rare engine. I am sorry the picture is not better. It was taken about Ja

  • 25hp. Gaar Scott engine
  • Ground broken for Museum
  • Reeves Engine and a Huber  separator
  • Springfield outfit
  • 30hp. Avery Tractor
  • 10 hp, Nichols and Shepard steam traction engine'
  • Westinghouse outfit
  • Reunion Gems
  • Huber double Engine

Official groundbreaking ceremonies were held Saturday, April 19, 1958, by the Rough & Tumble Engineer for their new Museum at Kinzers, Pa. Pictured above left to right are, M. A. Trout, Kinzers, Pa., chairman of the Building Committee; C. Everett Young, Kinzers, Pa., president of the Association; Joseph H. Stoltzfus, Atglen, Pa., director; Mrs. Jane Young Brackbill, Kinzers, Pa., secretary of the Association; A. D. Mast of Lancaster, Pa., vice-president; and Ralph W. Green, Elizabeth, N. J. Erection of the pre-fabricated steel structure will begin as soon as shipments arrive, association president C. Everett Young said. 'The structure has been so designed that it will lend itself to additions' from time to time.' Young also announced that donations of exhibits and funds are still coming in. The association moved to hire a full-time curator for the Museum.

The enclosed picture is of a 10 hp, Nichols and Shepard steam traction engine which was purchased in Newton, Kansas in 1882. The picture was taken in McPherson, Kansas in 1884. The man sitting on the front of the engine was Jake Isgregg, the man standing by the front wheel was J. P. Fry, the man at the rear wheel was Joe Hawkins, the engineer was Charley Bunnell, and the man on the water wagon was Abe Irvin. J. P. Fry and Charley Bunnell were the co-owners of the engine. The mules steering the engine were a wedding present to J. P. Fry This engine was used to power a Nichols and Shepard hand feed raddle stacker. The outfit was used to thresh bundle grain in Sedgwick and Harvey Counties in Kansas and in the early fall and later was roaded to McPherson County, Kansas to thresh stacked grain. The senders of this story and picture are W. M. Fry of Sedgwick, Kansas, and J. D. Fry, of Garden City, Kansas, both are sons of J. P. Fry, now deceased, and who remained in the threshing business until combines took over the harvesting and threshing operations.

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