POST CARDS


| November/December 1971

  • Threshing oats
    Threshing oats on the J. A. Majors farm, VA miles Northwest of Harrison, Arkansas. Dewey Erwin on the separator. J. A. Majors in the foreground (facing camera) 1940. 28'' x 50'' Case separator. Erwin Bros. Thresher.
  • Threshing oats
    A threshing photo taken at my cousin's farm recently. They are threshing oats at the Don Svoboda Farm, Bruno, Nebraska. Joe Samek, owner and operator of the Case machine. Galen Svoboda is pitching bundles. Oats are threshed every year with this rig.
  • Threshing rig
    Threshing rig owned by Perry Baker, North Fairfield, Ohio in 1880. Mr. Baker is standing on extreme right. Picture submitted by Wm. J. Fullager, Shelby, Ohio-grandson of Mr. Baker.
  • Pion-Era
    A lady drives this splendid team. On the tread-power, a man helps hold the outside horse. Pion-Era 1969. The man on readers left controls a brake lever which stops the tread if belt should get off drive wheel. The belt appears to be quite loose. The man i
  • Case engine
    ErwinBros, sawmill powered by Case 50HP engine, 1936 near Parthenon, Arkansas
  • Miller Traction engine
    Miller Traction or 20th Century Manufacturing Co. Inc., Boynton, Somerset Co., Pennsylvania.
  • Miller Traction engine
    Miller Traction or 20th Century, Mfg. Co. Inc., Boynton, Somerset Co., Pennsylvania.
  • Case engine
    Threshing oats on the J. A. Majors farm. Dwight Sima is the engineer. 1940, Case 50 HP engine, 28'' x 50'' Case separator. The engineer has a better job now. He is working for Eastern Air Lines, stationed in Washington, D. C.
  • Chevy frame steam engine
    This one I assembled last summer. It has World War One truck wheels. Chevy frame, double steam engine off a sawmill that ran the carriage. The boiler is from Little Rock and I do not know for what purpose it was used. The transmission, sprocket, drive cha
  • Port Huron Engine
    A picture of Sam MacDonald and owner, Ross Johnson, displaying the trophy for best restoration won by the Port Huron Engine No. 8528 at ''Steam Era'' at Milton, Ontario.
  • Case steam engines
    Two Case steam engines that I have restored. The engine where my grandson, Jimmie Craig and I are standing beside, was sold in Stuttgart 1906the first Case ever sold in Stuttgart. The other engine was the last steam Case engine sold in 1919 in Stuttgart.
  • Old Bull Tractor
    At left is Old Bull Tractor at the S. W. Kansas Thresher Show at Haviland, Kansas in 1970. Middle picture is sawing cotton-wood logs at the 1970 S. W. Antique Engine and Thresher Show and at right they are threshing with the yellow Kid and 30 HP. Case.
  • Nichols & Shepard engine
    A Nichols & Shepard 30 horse double cylinder engine and a 40'' x 60'' Red River Special separator. The engineer is my Uncle Ben Thompson of McGregor, North Dakota and the fireman is another 06 my uncles. The separator man is my father. This outfit was use
  • William H. Clem
    Never heard of this being done before but steam engine hobbyist, William H. Clem near Manassas, Virginia has his big Case 75, Canadian Special all fired up and is making ice-cream with steam power. Left to right, Mr. Clem at the flywheel holding the freez
  • John Goins
    IN TRIBUTE
  • Case engine
    At left is the 1912, 40 HP Case either running thresher, husker or sawmill. Whenever she gets steamed up, she gets belted up-fall of 1969 we used her to saw wood for the house. At center is the Steam-up at Johnsons in July 1970. Left to right is John Hemm

  • Threshing oats
  • Threshing oats
  • Threshing rig
  • Pion-Era
  • Case engine
  • Miller Traction engine
  • Miller Traction engine
  • Case engine
  • Chevy frame steam engine
  • Port Huron Engine
  • Case steam engines
  • Old Bull Tractor
  • Nichols & Shepard engine
  • William H. Clem
  • John Goins
  • Case engine

I have restored seven steam engines the last five years. The last engine was a Garr-Scott 25 that had been in a reservoir covered with water for 25 years. It runs like new now. I've also restored several old gas tractors, a threshing machine and binder. We have just cut some oats and will thresh later.

I have been threshing oats for the last four years at my farm. This year there will be a tractor pull at Stuttgart and I've been asked to thresh there.

I've operated steam engines since 1911. I attended the steam meeting at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in 1965 and that is where I got the idea of restoring these old engines.

The enclosed picture was taken October 5, 1969, as John Goins was threshing with his 16 HP Baker, at the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta at Fort Scott, Kansas. This was the last show John was able to attend. He died last September 8, 1970, at Fort Scott, and will be greatly missed by those who knew him and who shared with him a great interest in steam engines. Those who attend the 'Steam Show' at Fort Scott this October will miss the familiar sight of John on his Baker. He was always willing to lend a hand with repairing and restoring the steam tractors of others, even though the last year brought increasing illness. John was born December 18, 1895 in Lamoni, Iowa, and is buried in U. S. National Cemetery No. 1, Fort Scott, Kansas.



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