POST CARDS

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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
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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.
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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.
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It is a hydraulic ram and rare type vertical shaft wheel. Courtesy of Mrs. Elmer Ritzman, 808 Wertzville Rd., Enola, Penna. 17025.
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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.
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Engineer Thomas entertains the small fry at Bomar Gardens, Cheraw, South Carolina. Courtesy of Mrs. Elmer Ritzman, 808 Wertzville Rd., Enola, Penna. 17025.
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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
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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
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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.
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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. 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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