Peter Thompson, the shop superintendent, has his hand on one of the gears to be replaced, while Edward Clark, the Railroad President, looks on.
This is the Frank and John Eubank outfit about way between Cunningham and Lind, Washington. It was about 1908. This is in the 'Big Bend' country of Central Washington. People might wonder what the Big Bend means, but if you look at a map of Washington and trace the Columbia River, you will see that it makes a Big C or Bend. In this bend, now lies the great Columbia basin that is irrigated by the Grand Coolee Dam.
Mr. Eubank's picture is 8' x 10'.
In 1966 and 1967, Ermin Morretl of Jordan and William Olander of Carver rebuilt the fire engine. They put in a different boiler and new flues. It is in very good shape and works real good.
The men numbered in the picture are 1. Earnest Evert; 2. Fred Hardecopf, the engineer; 3. William Leifheit; 4. Charly Neuisis. The group of farmers in this thresher company all were about 4 - 6 miles south of Yorkville, Illinois.
Pictured here is a comparison in size of a King size steam engine and a small size steam engine which are seen performing annually at the King Farm, Kings, III., during the second week-end in August when North Central Illinois Steam Power Show, Inc., puts on a 4-day event of old time agricultural farming. All of the field work is done with steam engines, old gas tractors, and with horses. About 150 pieces of ancient machinery and farm equipment will be seen at the show this year in use and on display. In operation daily will be steam and horse power threshing, evolution of plowing, the sawmill, shingle mill, baler, baker fans, and a gigantic parade. The big steam engine in the picture is owned by George W. Hedtke of Davis Junction, III. It weighs 22 ton and is believed to be the only steam engine of its kind and size in the state of Illinois. The smaller steam engine in the picture is a Port Huron and is it owned and operated by Doris Lindenmeier of Cherry, Illinois.