Farm Collector


By Staff

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.


  • Published on Jul 1, 1962
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