Threshing at the home place, 3 mi. S.E. of Middletown, in Henry County, Ind., season of 1907. Gaar Scott outfit belonging to my father, R. B. Harter, deceased 1957. 18 hp Gaar double engine, 36-56 Gaar separator with Ruth Feeder and Farmers Friend wind stacker. Dad is shown standing next to the belt. He was 31 at the time. Walter Sharp, now nearing 75 and living at Honey Creek, Ind., was the engineer on this run. Brother Scott, the lad with the water keg is now past 65, at present proprietor of Elite Cafe Restaurant, Knightstown, Indiana.
Reeves 32 hp Cross Compound and a 40 x 62 Case steel separator. Owner, John Sampson of Ipswich, So. Dakota, formerly of Garden City, Iowa. The picture was taken on his farm, 14 miles north of Ipswich in the Fall of 1919. Drive wheels were 4 feet wide with the 2 feet spooked extension rims attached. A 14 inch 12 bottom steam lift Reeves plow, which was behind the plow engine tender, it was used in plowing a few hundred acres. This of course cut a swath 14 ft. wide.
Dave Sampson, formerly of McCallsburg, Iowa, but now of Bucoda, Wash., who was the engineer, said, this engine while plowing stalled only once and that was when he attempted to plow up a bunch of Buffalo
sod in the bottom of a buffalo wallow and on a very steep grade going out of the wallow. Having a good head of steam and water he of course tramped on the interception valve and slowly and easily pulled up the grade and leveled off, slipping considerable tough sod back wash in doing so.
Finding the water level quite low and also steam, he started the injectors and shoveling coal also. I wonder how many steam engineers are left that have had such experiences as this ?
A steam lift Reeves plow such as described above should not be scrapped as it would be worth considerable money to the owner.
Here is a picture of an exploded Minneapolis return flue. This is similar to the one in the ALBUM recently. This happened almost 60 years ago. The wagon with coal stood behind the engine. The force of the explosion raised the rear of the engine and it dropped on the wagon. No one was seriously hurt as no one was near the engine except a small boy sitting, on the wagon at the time. How he escaped injury no one will ever know.