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B. B. Clarke is the Editor of the Old American Thresherman

| March/April 1969

  • 22 HP Keck-Gonnerman
    Courtesy of John Hall, Route 1, Box 137A, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701. My 22 HP double cylinder Keck-Gonnerman. Bore and stroke 6'' x 12'' with 44'' flywheel and 36'' drivers, Serial No. 1358, made in 1913.
    John Hall
  • Allis Chalmers Corliss Engines
    Courtesy of P. R. McIntire, 188 ''F'' Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103. Permission given by The Colorado Milling and Elevator Co. of Denver, Colorado. One of the last large engines powering a flour mill in the United States, owned by the Colorado Millin
    P. R. McIntire
  • High Pressure Cylinder
    Courtesy of P. R. McIntire, 188 ''F'' Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103. Permission given by The Colorado Milling and Elevator Co. of Denver, Colorado this photo, high pressure cylinder side looking toward cylinder and governor. Lower right photo looking
    P. R. McIntire
  • Corliss Engines
    Courtesy of P. R. McIntire, 188 ''F'' Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103. Permission given by The Colorado Milling and Elevator Co. of Denver, Colorado. One of the last large engines powering a flour mill in the United States, owned by the Colorado Millin
    P. R. McIntire
  • 75 HP Case Tractor
    Courtesy of Roy F. Barnes, 720 North Custer, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903. My son, David, and myself with the 75 HP Case.
    Roy F. Barnes
  • 65 HP Case Tractor
    Courtesy of Roy F. Barnes, 720 North Custer, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903. Plowing at Bird City with 65 HP Case. Al Dirks, engineer pulling twelve plows.
    Roy F. Barnes
  • 2 HP Huber Engine
    Courtesy of Forrest Klose, Moose Lake, Minnesota 55767. These two pictures were taken about 1912 on the Fred Klose farm two miles west of St. James, Minnesota. The engine is a 12 HP right hand cylinder Huber, made around 1900. The threshing machine is als
    Forrest Klose
  • 2 HP Huber Engine
    Courtesy of Forrest Klose, Moose Lake, Minnesota 55767. These two pictures were taken about 1912 on the Fred Klose farm two miles west of St. James, Minnesota. The engine is a 12 HP right hand cylinder Huber, made around 1900. The threshing machine is als
    Forrest Klose
  • Canandaigua Reunion
    Courtesy of Mrs. E. W. Schaefer, 263 W. George St., Yoe, Pennsylvania 17313. Looks like everyone is enjoying themselves and I see Elmer is so busy eating he couldn't look at the camera man. This was taken by Arthur Crafts at New York when the folks were t
    Mrs. E. W. Schaefer
  • Case 60 HP Engine
    Courtesy of Walter C. Bieritz, Route 2, Box 168, Yorkville, Illinois 60560. The Eagle Threshing Company, south of Yorkville, Illinois. New machine in town just south of C. B. & Q depot in 1913. No. 1 is Herman Bieritz, Sr., first job. No. 2 is John Nevisi
    Walter C. Bieritz
  • 20 HP Keck Engine
    Courtesy of Chas. Huffer, Box 734, Assumption, Illinois 62510. A 20 HP Keck, No. 1447, owned by Chas. Route of St. Joseph, Illinois. This picture was taken at this farm in August 1963.
    Chas. Huffer
  • Corliss Engines
    Courtesy of P. R. McIntire, 188 ''F'' Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103 Permission given by The Colorado Milling and Elevator Co. of Denver, Colorado. One of the last large engines powering a flour mill in the United States, owned by the Colorado Milling
    P. R. McIntire

  • 22 HP Keck-Gonnerman
  • Allis Chalmers Corliss Engines
  • High Pressure Cylinder
  • Corliss Engines
  • 75 HP Case Tractor
  • 65 HP Case Tractor
  • 2 HP Huber Engine
  • 2 HP Huber Engine
  • Canandaigua Reunion
  • Case 60 HP Engine
  • 20 HP Keck Engine
  • Corliss Engines

Thresher was used until 1918 and the engine until 1928. This engine was used to plow with pulling six 14 inch plows. As the engine got older, they pulled 4 14 inch plows. My Dad, Paul Klose, told of threshing all day to get a few sacks of grain during the dry year of 1911. There were plenty of good years. Also, they threshed until the weather got too cold to thresh or the snow came.

The engine is a Case 60 HP and a 36 x 58 separator with also a water tank on four wheels right after it was unloaded at the Chicago Burlington and Quincy railroad depot. Here we see it ready to pull out of town to my father's farm, Herman Bieritz, Sr., five miles south of Yorkville, Illinois. We were the first job in the company that year. The company which grew to 24 farmers called themselves the Eagle Threshing Company.

This engine bought in 1907 was manufactured and installed and put in operation in August 1912 and was shut down April 15, 1968. It was one of the most beautiful sights to see running. It ran 24 hours a day, 144 hrs. per week, 52 weeks per year, a total of 7,488 hrs. per year. The total hrs. of operation for 56 years was 419,328 hrs. The engine has turned over 1,886,976,000 times and is still in good running condition. It produced approximately 90,000,000 c.w.t. of flour.

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