POST CARDS


| July/August 1971

  • Minneapolis 32 separator
    The picture is of a 1912 special Minneapolis 32'' separator and 16 hp. Minneapolis engine, owned by the late Frank Houfek of Prague, Nebraska. Frank is standing on the engine platform. This rig threshed for my dad in 1913 the year I was born and this pict
    B. Dvorak
  • Large over shot wheel
    Picture is a large over shot wheel at Bomar Gardens shed in background has a line shaft which operates many mills and grinders. Courtesy of Mrs. Elmer Ritzman, 808 Wertzville Rd., Enola, Penna. 17025.
    Mrs. Elmer Ritzman
  • Under shot water wheel
    It is the over shot and under shot water wheels at Bomar Gardens, Cheraw, South Carolina. Courtesy of Mrs. Elmer Ritzman, 808 Wertzville Rd., Enola, Penna. 17025.
    Mrs. Elmer Ritzman
  • Hydraulic ram
    It is a hydraulic ram and rare type vertical shaft wheel. Courtesy of Mrs. Elmer Ritzman, 808 Wertzville Rd., Enola, Penna. 17025.
    Mrs. Elmer Ritzman
  • Water wheel row
    It is a long sluce bringing water to this large wheel on water wheel row at the Gardens. Courtesy of Mrs. Elmer Ritzman, 808 Wertzville Rd., Enola, Penna. 17025.
    Mrs. Elmer Ritzman
  • Thomas
    Engineer Thomas entertains the small fry at Bomar Gardens, Cheraw, South Carolina. Courtesy of Mrs. Elmer Ritzman, 808 Wertzville Rd., Enola, Penna. 17025.
    Mrs. Elmer Ritzman
  • Wreck crane
    A wreck on the Wheeling & LWE R. R. at Piney Fork, Ohio, in 1910 or 1912. Note the locomotive visible at the end of the bridge and also the row of houses hooked together which they called The Palace, used to house the miners and families. The wreck crane
    William Flowers
  • Charlie Hunt threshing rig
    The Charlie Hunt threshing rig. This picture was taken in 1903 or 1904 on the Parkinson Farm at Little York, near Adena, Ohio. The engine has been identified as an early Leader. Charlie Hunt stands on the separator. Note The design of the casting being
    William Flowers
  • Case threshing engine
    This scale model Case threshing engine looked most realistic as it worked all day under steam at the Sarasota, Florida, March 1971 gathering. Courtesy of Denis McCormack, 404 W. Timonium Rd., Timonium, Maryland 21093.
    Denis McCormack
  • Peerless engine
    Peerless after getting some new flues during the Steam-up at Bomar Gardens, Cheraw, South Carolina. Courtesy of Mrs. Elmer Ritzman, 808 Wertzville Rd., Enola, Penna. 17025.
    Mrs. Elmer Ritzman

  • Minneapolis 32 separator
  • Large over shot wheel
  • Under shot water wheel
  • Hydraulic ram
  • Water wheel row
  • Thomas
  • Wreck crane
  • Charlie Hunt threshing rig
  • Case threshing engine
  • Peerless engine

(Mrs. Ritzman had been down to the Show at Antique Acres Bomar Gardens in Cheraw, South Carolina and was going to write about it. She asks me to tell you she is sorry that due to present circumstances she did not get this done but she wanted you to see a few of the pictures. Dave and Mary Egan were along with her on this trip and Dave took the snaps. Anna Mae.)

I bought this separator from Mrs. Houfek about 10 years ago, keep it shedded and am proud of it. Frank was a good engineer and took good care of his machinery. His name and the years he owned it will be put on a plaque and attached to the separator.

In 1963 I bought a 20 hp. Minneapolis engine from Roy Keller of Ashland, Nebraska. I told Roy that his name will be put on the engine and the time he owned it. It was a great day in my life when I received a letter from Roy stating that he decided to sell the engine. It took my son and I about 18 months of spare time to clean and paint it.

We threshed with it in 1967 for our state Centennial celebration in Malmo, Nebraska. In 1968 for our Fireman Celebration, 1969 at Blair, Nebraska Centennial Show and 1970 at Wahoo, Nebr. for their Celebration and parade.



I have a 32' Minneapolis steel Separator, a 22' Wooden, 1-Case, 2-A very Steel and 1-McDeering. The kind I most desire is the kind that used to thresh at our place, a 32' or 36' late model wooden Minneapolis. Whoever reads my article will soon detect I am a Minneapolis lover, I was infected with steam at an early age and have not been cured since.

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