Farm Collector


By Staff

Story in the last issue ‘Steam In The Blood’

In 1908, Milton made a model airplane of the monoplane type with
two propellers. Each propeller was driven by very flexible rubber
strands. In very still air it would fly better than 300 feet. In
1909-1910-1911 he was co-designer and builder of two pusher type
monoplanes. The second was successful.

In 1912 he helped to build one of the first successful Tractor
Type biplanes and the world’s second flying boat for the
BENOIST Aircraft Co. in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1913 he met with a
plane accident from which he died a few days later. He was a
pioneer of aviation.

These pictures were all taken at my farm in Harrison Township,
Elkhart County, R.R. 3, Goshen, Indiana. It was a beautiful summer
day on July 19, 1967. The threshing machine is a 1875 Ellis
Keystone, ‘The Champion’ No. 3. It was built in Pottstown,
Penna. I bought it from an Old Time Thresherman from Waterloo,
Indiana in 1960. I have threshed wheat and oats with the machine,
we are threshing wheat today. It sure threshes out the grain
excellent, also the straw and chaff so loose and nice.

The Steam Engine is a 15-18 Horse Power Russell Compound
Traction Engine. It was built in Massalin, Ohio on March 17, 1899
and sold to Arbuckle Ryan Company of Toledo, Ohio. The owner of the
engine is Robert D. Ehret of Goshen, Indiana.

I have always enjoyed the captions and explanations with
pictures, but I am badly in need of some information of this one
for what kind of power was used here? By no stretch of the mind can
we call it boy power cause girls helped and you can’t call it
girl power because boys helped. Man power won’t do because no
man helped. No horse was used. So what kind of power was it anyway?
(Well, Harry I’d say youth power, human power or to get more on
the teen age level talk – let’s call it, power a-go-go! – Anna

  • Published on Jul 1, 1968
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