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