Readers’ Letters Touch on Engines From 18 HP Gaar-Scott to 50 HP Case

Past & Present: Postcards, news of steam events and schools reach our mailroom

| Summer 2007

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    Bill Roberts, Somerset, Va., firing a 50HP Case at the 2006 Somerset 31st Annual Steam and Gas Pasture Party held Aug 24-26.
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    This 1914 postcard shows a New Huber engine and a Case water wagon.
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    A 1909 postcard scene of a steam-powered sawmill, possibly in the Jackson County, Iowa, area.
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    Ray Lightfoot would like to identify the steam engine in this photo. Some folks have suggested it may be an Avery, a Huber, or a Minneapolis Machine Threshing Co. traction engine.
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    Pictured (from left) are Patrick W. Traubert, Plano, Texas; Jim Templine, Blue Ridge, Texas; and Mike McKnight, Mason, Tenn., posing in front of Mike's 18 HP Gaar-Scott steam engine.
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    A Geiser Peerless engine and a lumber wagon. The center piece of equipment was not identified on the postcard.
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    Now what happened? Plenty of advice was available at the 6th Annual Doughty Valley Power Show west of Charm, Ohio. Some of the grain for the event was supplied by neighboring Amish farmers. The event attracted 10-plus, full-size engines: Advance-Rumely, Baker, Case, Keck-Gonnerman, Peerless and Russell, with several Baker and Case engines along to add to the fun.
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    A 1/4-scale Port Huron thresher built by the late Wayne "Gus" G. Waldie.
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    A water wagon from half a barrel and hand truck wheels built by the late Wayne "Gus" G. Waldie.
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    A 1/4-scale Case 65 HP steam engine built by the late Wayne "Gus" G. Waldie. Ken Waldie would like to find another project of his grandfather's: a Rumely OilPull.
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    Craig Clark's Baker engine and the Mast family separator, parked by the Speltz field, during the Doughty Valley Power Show.
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    Todd Young operating the McGlenigahan family Russell at the Doughty Valley Show.
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    A view of the grounds and engines in operation at the Doughty Valley Show.
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    Student DeWayne Melichar, Fredonia, Mich., operating John Malsch's 18 HP Advance-Rumely at the Wischonsin Historical Steam Engine Assn.'s 3rd Annual Steam Show in Edgerton, Wis.
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    Instructor Jim Nowell, Winnipeg, Canada, lectures students during his pre-fire-up class at the WHSEA Steam School in Edgerton, Wis.
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    Steam Queen Vicky Bloemers (seated on the left) and student Gretchen Dillon on Jeff Bloemers' 1/2-scale 65 HP Case during the WHSEA Steam School.
    Courtesy Paul Anderson, Milton, Wis.
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    The Wade brothers' 25-85 Nichols & Shepard (left) and Charlie Hendrickson's 20 HP Minneapolis climbing the hills at Rock River Thesheree show grounds, Edgerton, Wis., during the Wisconsin Historical Steam Engine Assn.'s 2006 Steam School.
    Courtesy Paul Anderson, Milton, Wis.
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    Head Instructor John Geib of Hamburg, Pa., reviews the workings of a demonstration cut-away boiler to the 2006 Rough & Tumble Steam School class before students break into groups to operate engines.
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    Student Jim Burkholder (foreground) from Witmer, Pa., is cleaning the tubes on a 1928 Frick at the Rough & Tumble Steam School. Students learn to clean tubes, perform maintenance and fire engines before operating.
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    John Geib points out all items discussed during the Rought & Tumble Steam School. Operation and safety are stressed – the mantra, "Water, water, water" is repeated many times.
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    Rough & Tumble treasurer and student Steve Flick (left) from Sinking Springs, Pa., learns to operate A.J. Hamilton's twin-cylinder 60 HP 1926 Frick at the Rought & Tumble Steam School in Lancaster, Pa.

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Firing a Case
Louis Mittelman, Gordonsville, Va. (e-mail: lmittelman@verizon.net), shares a photo. Louis writes:
Please accept for publication a photo of old-time Gaar-Scott man Bill Roberts, Somerset, Va., firing a 50 HP Case at the Somerset 31st Annual Steam and Gas Pasture Party, Aug. 24-26, 2006. The Pasture Party is held annually on Bill’s farm.

Star Engine Update

Paul Weber, Winchester, Ky. (e-mail: psweb921@aol.com), fills us in with some useful information on the 1885 5 HP Star vertical steam engine from the article “Steam Engines, Mules and a Canal Boat” in the Steam Traction Spring issue. Paul writes:

This is a very nice article with outstanding photography. The reason for this note is to address the information about the 5-by-5 Star engine. I acquired this engine from the late Charles “Icky” Barker of Lexington, Ky., in about 1980. The best recall by those who have information from this era is that the engine came from Indiana.



Around 1990 John Neagley, who had a position at the Ludwig Mill, expressed interest in the engine for mill use. John came to Winchester driving a Metro Parks pickup truck. I agreed to donate the engine and was assured by John that a placard naming the donor would be displayed.

For a quick reference: While Icky still owned the Star engine he wanted to mount the 30-inch belt pulley. Having no way to bore the pulley hub, he had a friend with a small lathe turn the pulley end of the crankshaft to fit this small bore, which can be seen easily. By the way, the shaft was not bent when it left here.



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