Raleigh W. Creek writes. . . . . . . . .


| May/June 1963


Batavia, Iowa

Dear Friends

Being this is a real March day I am going to write a few lines of ray lifes history with machinery. I was born June 9, 1894 at Douds Iowa, and the next year my father bought a 12 H. P. Peerless Engine with wood front wheels and wood spokes in the rear wheels- and a Peerless Separator. But before I got old enough he traded and got a 32-52 Nichols Sheppard with hand feed, Satley Stacker, and Peoria Weigher.

When the year of 1907 rolled a round father says to mother I am going to put Raleigh on the engine this fall. And was that music to my ears. Father goes over to our neighbor, Ruban Johnson, and ask if his son Grant would haul water. Grant is a little older than I and he is the only one left.

Grant stayed on for three years. We got along that first year pretty good. As soon as father would get the holes dug to level the machine I would pull it in and he pulled the pin and I took the engine and Grant the belt. I must say that old Peerless was the easiest engine to put in the belt I ever handled. It had a wonderful brake. Just push it down with your left foot and the engine stayed right there. You had to slide the gear pinion in and out of gear. So I learned to handle an engine without a clutch.

On December 8, 1912 I lost my mother and that was a hard blow to all of us. I got one sister and three brothers. My youngest brother was only one year old. I am seven years the oldest.






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