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Snow Cruiser which was built for the Bird Antarctic Exposition. This was taken on U.S. 30 N just east of the little town of Gomer, Ohio. It was here that the cruiser scraped the side of a narrow bridge and took for the ditch. The highway was blocked for s
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Left to right - my son David, Bob Morrow, myself and Carl Morrow.
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One of the last series that was built at Lima Locomotive Works, Lima, Ohio. I took this picture on one of the tours I took through the plant. This is the 'Daylight' built for the Southern Pacific Lines, No. 4416 built in 1936.
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6 hp Robt. L. George made in 1880 - owned by Holland.
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15-25 Oil Pull owned by Holland.
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Going to the next place and everything with us.
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Back date Rumely Oil Pull near my home about 35 years ago. It is a 16-30 I think.
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1920 Indiana tractor owned by Rolland.
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Pictures taken in 1925, 30-60 Fairbanks-Morse tractor. 36-56 steel, Nichols & Shepard separator owned by J. L. Webster and sons, Estlin, Sask., Canada.
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My Peerless Outfit, built to exact scale (3' to the foot), makes a fine showpiece.
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Ted Bjerken's Flower City 30-50 hp Osakis, Minn. now housed in the 'Home of the Giants' at Dalton, Minnesota.
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50 hp Peerless owned by Merle Newkirk. Located in the Rough & Tumble Eng. Hist. Ass'n Museum, Kinzers, Pa., August 1960 Reunion. Herb Davis of Midland, Michigan, at throttle - other man's name not known.
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This is my engine. When I blow the whistle the kids come running - they all want to climb on for a ride. It is 58' to top of stack, 44' wide, 7 ft. overall in length. Flywheel is 16' and a 4' face fire box, 17' long, 12' boil
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Ralph Melby's 32 hp Reeves pushing Ken Bratvald's 80 Case into shed for Winter storage.
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My scale Case Traction Engine. All the parts are made up from welding and machine work, the only castings are the water pump, gears, flywheel. It is 5'4' high and 10'10' long. I had my engine at the Mechanicsburg Show this year.
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Lester standing by his 50 hp Case engine, No. 35408. It's a sweet running engine built in 1922. It was used to steam tobacco beds near White-house, Tennessee, before they got it and restored it. The colored boy that operated her called her Isabel, so
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My steam car - a Ford chassis with a Kelly Springfield Steam Roller engine. 2 cyl. 5x5, Steam pressure 125 pounds, 35 miles per hour in high gear. I am a member of the Michigan Live Steam Club, also a Locomotive fireman on the Grand Trunk Western Railroad
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My 16 hp Advance which I purchased in February 1960 in Southern Wis. Picture taken August 1960. The roof, tool box and water tank have been removed. My wife and dog didn't know they were in the picture. The two men by the tankwagon are Pete Kubaskie a
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My outfit - a model in 2' scale of my father's class S Peerless outfit -built in two years (1957 and 1958). It is a real steamer and hauls me anywhere when I am perched on water tank with my feet on axle extensions. It really performs in the fiel
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Santa Fe passenger engine in front of the Depot at Wellington.
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I recently purchased a Garr-Scott portable steam engine, number 3626. This engine is in good running condition and is all painted like new. I would like to know if anyone can give me any information as to its age. It must be an old timer. The flywheel is
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Here is a picture making the rounds of the Farm Magazines and others. We think it is good. We got it from the Weekly Reader, a school paper for 3rd graders, Aunt Lene brought it home. Subscriptions to the Album are paid in advance so we will not be in dan
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Two furrow Brush Braker about to go to work.
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This is a little engine. Engine was an upright laid down to fit on boiler. You can see it is a truck differential. Mr. Frank Swartz of Salem, Mo., is inspecting it - in background is a J. E. Case.
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Two furrow Brush Braker at work.
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My 75 Minneapolis steamer, vintage of 1914. Plow steamer in good shape yet. Full test 200 lbs. cold water test. Holds 550 gal. water, ton of coal after tender.
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Engine is from a discarded Buffalo Springfield Roller, double cylinder, 3' bore and 4' stroke, a Lookout boiler, the differential is from a Model T Ford. The rest is from various discarded farm machinery. 3 speeds are obtained by changing the ro
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Sawing in November 1941 south of Unionville, Michigan, with a 24 Fort Huron engine, No. 7405, made in June 1914. This engine had the smoke stack broken and another one put on from a 20 hp Baker made it sound a lot like a Baker engine.
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Picture of me with my Advance Rumely, 20 hp, which I reconditioned and re-fueled in the summer of 1959.

I have often heard the remark that it not only looks and acts
like a Peerless but it sounds exactly like one.

My Father was in the threshing business for 33 years and owned 4
Peerless traction engines and one Peerless threshing machine, also
one C. Aultman & Co. threshing machine 36′ cylinder. I
don’t recall the width of the machine but it was about a foot
wider in tread than the common standard road tread.

He also owned an 8 hp Taylor Dry steam engine (portable) and a
12 hp (rubicon) Wood Taber & Morse portable and an Ajax
Farquhar 16 hp portable and several other makes which I do not
recall the names of. Along with 5 saw mills such makes as American,
Hench & Dromgold, Geiser, Frick, etc.

I have always been intrigued with the Taylor Dry Steam Engine as
I have never seen another like it. The Cylinder formed the steam
dome (hence the name Dry Steam Engine). It was never necessary to
open the cylinder cocks, even when steaming it up from cold as the
cylinder was always dry and very efficient.

I am at present working on a 1′ scale model of a Cumberland
& Pennsylvania R. R. (consolidation) engine.

My engine that I put together in 1954. It is a Nichols &
Shepard boiler and has a double cylinder. I do not know the make of
the engines. They are 6′ stroke 8′ bore and an old Chevie
Truck chassis. It has 5 speeds ahead, 1 reverse and will travel 15
miles an hour easy in high gear – and it works just wonderful. I
have sawed wood, planed lumber and even sawed lumber with it and
have had it in a lot of parades and it takes first prize.

This picture was taken at Nasser, Michigan, at the Saginaw
Valley Steam convention. I am sitting on the coal bunker and my
brother’s boy is standing behind. It has a full head of steam
but does not show it. It went twice around the track which is mile
in 3 minutes and 10 seconds. I think it will develop about 12 hp
and most everyone thinks it is a nice outfit. Tanks hold 100 gal.
of water, coal bunker 200 lbs. of coal.

This is my father’s threshing rig. 16 hp Stevens Engine and
a 26 x 56 N.& S. Thresher which he bought new in 1910. I was
around 13 years old then. I started running it in the sawmill
weekends. When threshing time came I started helping my oldest
brother on the water wagon and before the season was over I was in
charge of running the engine. For eleven years I ran it. We
threshed around Greenville, Illinois, and Beaver Creek. My
father’s name was Agustus Cheatham, an old time Thresher and
sawmill man. I never owned an engine but was always fond of them.
When I came back from World War 1, I still stayed with him as long
as he threshed. The last engine he owned was a double 20 hp
Birdsall and a 40 x 60 N. & S. separator with a Garden City
wing feeder. It took a good engine to pull this separator.

Steam Traction engine and thresher owned by Floyd Coats of Port
Huron, Michigan. It’s a Baker engine and a Port Huron separator
with ‘merry-go-round’ bagger. I happened to see this
instance last summer as the rig was on its way to thresh for a
neighbor a mile away.

I bought one of your Steam Engine Guides several years ago and
being an amateur at steam, it has enabled me to take care of my
‘pet’ even to changing all flues and cold test.

Threshing was a social occasion as well as hot and dusty work
back in 1903 when this photograph was taken. The old steam engines
were operating on the Isaac Condra farm in Wayne County a half-mile
east of Seymour, and women of the condra family are in the buggy.
Man on engine at right was the late F. M. Wooden. Driver of the
water wagon team was Tom E. Wooden. Others in photograph include
Elmer Butler, Jim, George, John and Sherman Handler and Luther
Hibbs. (From album of Mrs. W. E. Wooden and sent in by J. C.
Mattix, Oskaloosa, Iowa.)

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