Farm Collector


By Staff

Threshing scene of my 25 hp. Buffalo-Pitts steam engine and
Buffalo-Pitts 38×62 steel frame separator with wing feeders. We had
a 15 day run schocking threshing and about 40 day run threshing
stacks. I ran the engine. I am standing next to the steering wheel.
This scene was taken in 1916 north of Olivia, Minnesota. I have
threshed since 1907 and quit in 1933. I ran a rig two years in
South Dakota, a Minneapolis plow engine, 35 hp. steam and 44×64
Minneapolis separator.

This is an Aultman-Taylor 20 hp. engine, heavy geared. This
engine was the last Aultman-Taylor engine sold out of Decatur in
1920. I bought this engine new, used it for contract work threshing
and shredding corn and sawmilling. That is me standing on coal
bunker, and Virgil Musser at the guide and we were pulling a 10 ft.
Adams Grader widening a road from two rods to sixty feet wide from
Beecher City north two miles. The fellow on the Grader is Rudolph
Bondlow of Beecher City, owner of the Maxwell 1917 car. This engine
was junked just last year by Frank Dowell, who owned it since 1930.
I have owned and operated threshing outfits and steam engines since
1910 and this was the best and most powerful engine I ever
operated. Lem F.Wood,702 N.1st Street, Shelbyville Illinois.


  • Published on Jan 1, 1960
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