POST CARDS


| March/April 1962


This picture also taken Oct. 27, 1961 at the Friends Bible College Homecoming and Sale. It is the Stillwater 10 hp No. 2723 made by Minnesota Thresher Co., Stillwater, Minn. Does anyone know of any other Stillwater engines besides this one and the one that Forrest Pense of Harvard, Nebraska has? I borrowed some parts from his engine to use as patterns to make some of mine. This engine is over 76 years old and I have a Kansas Boiler Certificate on it.

Grandfather Hoffman and his two brothers were the first to own a steam traction engine in that valley. It was a Huber separator and engine. After several years Grandfather sold his interest and bought this Peerless.

The Summer of 1918 they were threshing and had a breakdown at the straw carrier and had to stop. While the men were all in the back end of the barn floor, the front end of the boiler blew out. (The cause the stack had never been covered and the flue sheet and boiler were eaten by the acid formed by the water and soot.) One piece of casting hit the casting under the thresher cylinder and broke it in two pieces. Some of the pieces were sticking in the barn doors. No one was hurt. That was end of 'Dick', which is what Grandfather called this engine.

The men in the picture are from left to right: Samuel W. Hoffman; Abraham Enterline; Lester E. Enterline; Uriah Snyder and Peter W. Hoffman. The two later ones being my Grandfathers.

Apparently the charmin' character adornin' the face o' my post-card presentation comes from out around 'your neck 'o the woods'. Sometime ago however, she migrated to St. Louis, Missouri, and now rests proudly and peacefully at the National Museum of Transport, Barretts Station Road, (near M. P. R. R. tracks), St. Louis 22, Mo. and our gigantic emigrant - that grotesque hunk o' pure American science is one of Chesapeake & Ohio's efficient 2-8-4's; Berksline type, built by the American Loco Co. in Jan. '44. She once rambled o'er and 'round the Blue Ridge mountain slopes back in the forties. Now, she's just a monumental figure to an era when transportation meant railroads and railroads meant steam. Perhaps Blue ridge mountains are literally 'starved' to echo her stack music, the tone of her deep-throated whistle, the clangin' o' her rods, an' the chimin' o' her luxurious bell with its slightly different ting than that o' that cold hearted 'Behometh' that purrs the diesel that, so sleek and powerful, rides with poise and pride, the history-haunted rails made famous by our 'Blue Ridge' Miss, her 'Candid Colleagues' and their forefathers - this is rather fictional, yet is self-evident and perpetuates the fact of my great concern o'er the loss of so many of our familiar steam Friends. And to this paragraph, may I add - even as a 'Monument', our ole 2727 still remains in glory in the eyes of the Nostalgic Steam Admirers, despite the mighty stunnin' blow by that heffer that purrrrrs - - - that so called 'more efficient Diesel'.

A Plow Test at Purdue University, October 14, 1911 with 3 oil-pulls and a 50 bottom plow. This plow unit broke (he world's plowing record of the period by turning over a stubble field at (he rate of an acre every 75 seconds. The unit, biggest built at the time, turned over 7 acres every mile it traveled. The engines pulling the unit were operated on a kerosene distillate costing four cents a gallon. They consumed 22 gallons of fuel per hour which amounted to six and one-half cents per acre.






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