Log hauling engine used in Northern Canada. It is now owned by
Smalick Brothers, Osage, Iowa. It weighs 23 tons and was shown at
the Mississippi Valley Reunion, 1957. Courtesy of Ray Ernst,
Wayland, Iowa, and Harold W. Plummer of 214 East Melbourne Avenue,
Peoria, Illinois. AN ADDITION The La Crosse line drive tractor on
the cover of the July-August, 1958 issue is owned by the
Shellabarger Implement company of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. The driver is
Dwight Shellabarger. We are sorry we missed this information when
the picture was published.
Mr. Nerius P. Brewer, Oscar's father, feeding his 36'
Reeves separator. Threshing his last crop. The feeder was worn out
so the threshing was done by hand feeding. This photo was taken
July 1917. 'Too many Coffee Mill Outfits threshing at it',
as he put it or he was 'Getting' tired crawling in between
other people's clean sheets in his greasy unmentionables,'
as his reason for quitting. Nerius was strictly a Reeves man and
had a rather one track mind about it.
A Steam Mobile built by Mr. Feese. He says he uses it around
town on Sundays and also for parades. The engine is what is Called
a 'Donkey' engine. These engines were used on construction
work hoisting material up and down on buildings under construction.
Steam engines were used before gas engines became popular. It is a
reversible 5 hp. engine. He used a Model 'A' truck chassis
and coupled the engine with sprockets and chains to the front end
of the drive shaft. He uses coal for fuel as he wants plenty of
smoke. The front end is from a Farmall F 12 tractor. Young and old
get a big kick riding on it and seeing it run
This is my Minneapolis Engine Manufactured in 1923 used on farm
for threshing and purchased by the City of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
used by them for many years. I purchased same from the city a year
ago and purchased a Case separator and used same for a little old
fashioned threshing Bee Aug. 17, 1957 on a farm in town of Byron,
Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. These machines are some of many that
will be shown at Fond du Lac at the Wisconsin Steam Antique Engine
Show June 13, 14 and 15, 1958. Bernard Klein Schmidt, Fond du Lac,
Mr. Otto Baker, R. D. 4, Sidney, Ohio, sends us this picture of an engine he has finished. It took him over three years to build it and made it mostly out of scrap iron. He bought the cylinder and reverse gear castings from Chas. Cole, Ventura, California
Mr. Otto Baker
Orville says, Being a steam boat fan I am sending a picture of my boat. She is 16 ft. long with 5 ft. beam. The boiler and engine are home made, pulling a 12x13 wheel to get about 8 miles an hour. Orville is a member of the Saginaw Valley Live Steam Assoc
Seen here are engines representing some grand old companies, such as Haggart Bros.; George White; Waterous; Robert Bell; Case and Dodge Bros. Not seen are, Sawyer & Massey; John Goodison, and Rumely
We thought you might be interested in some old cars. Many of our Reunions feature them. At least it will help the younger generation appreciate how far we have come in making things better. A Case, an International and a 1903 Ford. Courtesy of Mr. A. Krus
Here are three beautiful pictures Unfortunately they got lost from the letter and there was no markings on the back. Our fault. On the Road In the Field an Aerial view of the whole. You will have to agree, They were the days.
An old threshing scene from North Dakota. A 22 hp. Buffalo Pitts engine built in 1895, center crank. The man on the engine is Bob Gray. The separator is a Niagara, handfed and drag stacker. The picture was taken at Sheldon, North Dakota
The Buffalo-Springfield Roller built in Springfield, Ohio, and now owned and being reconditioned by Howard Shaw, 6152 Center Road, Grand Blanc, Michigan. See Mr. Bullock's article, May-June issue.
Rodney Pitts, R. D. 3, Box 47, Canby, Oregon and some of his admirers. Rodney is the man who met with a terrible accident at his farm during the Western Steam Fiends Reunion, 1957
Miss Lyda Fuchaman has four years experience in operating an engine and is a good runner and does her own repair work. This is a 1906 model 16 hp. Rumely.
20 hp. Minneapolis of 1923, No. 8475 owned by Shelly Billinger, Laporte City, Iowa. We call that a beauty.
A Garatt 7 hp. and weighs 7 tons. Owned and operated by A. Clarke, White House Meadow, Felsted, Essex, England. See Mr. Clarke's letter.
An 8-16 Avery at the Mt. Pleasant Reunion. Owned by Mr. Bronelby Bluesaher, Prairie City, Iowa.
Here is a picture that was given to us at Montpelier and there was no na me on it. We talked to the man who gave it to us and thought the information was on it. Well, here it is and we hope the gentleman will write us and we will give credit next issue.
'COMING OUT'. Mr. Gilbert Trairs, B. D. 4, Corning,
Iowa, and his two sons have a very nice Reeves, double simple. I
think that is the two sons in the picture. The engine was
'dolled up' for the 100th anniversary parade in Corning
last summer. That is the reason they were not at the Mt. Pleasant
Reunion. I think they will be there this year as that 100th stuff
only comes every 100 years. The Reunions go on forever.