The old threshing machine in this picture was manufactured by Wands-cheer Bros., Sioux Center, Iowa. It is now owned by Peter Vander Weide, Sioux Center, Iowa, who is shown in the picture. It is motor driven, self propelled and the motor is on top.
Here is a picture of a 35 HP Double Simple Nichols & Shepard Engine pulling a fourteen bottom breaking plow, breaking the virgin sod of Dakota. This outfit was purchased 50 years ago and was the first engine and separator to be unloaded in Barnard, South Dakota. After the harvest this same engine was belted to the largest 'Red River Special' separator and threshed for as many as 73 days some falls. It threshed its last in 1920 after wearing out two separators. This was H. S. Flukes with his Breaking outfit near Westport, S. D.I wish that I would have had a camera way back when I was a small boy and preserved some of the beautiful pictures that were present at the time. My first recollection of a steam engine was' in 1911, a 22 HP Buffalo-Pitts. Now I have to be content to visit the reunions, which we do every fall.
A snapshot of my Baker Engine, 21-75 HP, No. 16389, taken a few years back. I sold this engine to a man in Ohio and since it has changed hands and I lost track of it. Some time ago I ran an ad in the Album to locate it. Mr. Otto Klutzke of Lafayette, Indiana answered the ad, informing me he was the owner. Shortly after the first of January, Charles Routh of St. Joseph, Illinois, Paul Alsip and Ike Lewis of Ogden, Illinois and I motored to Lafayette and had a nice visit with Mr. Klutzke and was glad to see the Baker once again. Much to my surprise Mr. Klutzke said he would sell the Baker and a Keck that he also owned. So, Charles Routh is a proud owner of the Keck and I am a happy boy reunited with the Baker. Mr. Klutzke did make some changes much to my regret. He took the lugs off and the the Boy Scouts got them in a scrap drive. Also cut the front wheels down and put it on rubber. He did a nice job but I wish I could find some one to trade wheels with. I am rebuilding the tanks and making a new cab. I will give it a good cleaning and paint job.