Reading from left to right: Orwin C. Burmeister, Sec., Kewaunee,
Wis.; Leo Durst, Pres.; Orval Becker, Director; and James Robas,
Treas.; all of Algona, Wisconsin
Here is a snapshot of my daughter Roberta, age 19, who is
preparing my 20 hp. Minneapolis for a trip around the parade
ground. Seeing her operate this engine and the thrill she gets from
it reminds me and carries me back in thoughts of my first
experiences of operating an engine. Roberta’s interest in
engines sure has been a big help to me in preparing engines and
equipment for scheduled showings and in building a family hobby.
She enjoys the way steam engines respond to her touch. This
Minneapolis was shipped new to Jasper Rice, about 1922 at Jasper,
Missouri, and was used for threshing in that community for about 15
years, being well cared for and fairly well preserved. I obtained
it in 1955, making her first showing in operation, July, 1956, with
only a few more repairs to be made she is in excellent condition
and has won the admiration of the entire family even though none of
us were Minneapolis admirers before she came into our collection.
In other words steam engines can win their home with any one who
will try to understand them.
BY W. LEROY GLESSNER Mechanicsburg, Pa.