| March/April 1961

  • 16 hp Atlas
    16 hp Atlas on sawmill at Harris Johnson's, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin
  • 16 hp Atlas and 15 hp Leffel Scotch type boiler
    16 hp Atlas and 15 hp Leffel Scotch type boiler. This engine has been on a sawmill for the last 50 years.

  • 16 hp Atlas
  • 16 hp Atlas and 15 hp Leffel Scotch type boiler

Centuria, Wisconsin

I was sitting around looking at some back issues of the Iron-Men Album and got to thinking it must be about time to renew and I wouldn't want to miss an issue.

Being 30 years old, I'm one of the younger steam fans. So when the old-timers start firing up from the good old days, I just sit around and listen, I'm learning though.

About six years ago 'I was bitten' when I started going with my Dad to some steam threshing reunions. My Dad, Harris Johnson, and his dad, threshed a good many bushels of oats around here in the 1920's and early 30's. They started out with a 24 hp Minneapolis. Later they bought a new 25 hp Nichols and Shepard. After Dad went to work on the road, they quit the threshing run and parked the engine behind the milk-house.

I remember how us kids used to climb around on it pretending we were big engineers. The big thrill was to get a big box, climb up and open the front end and look into the smoke box. Boy! All of them long tubes.

Well, along came World War II and you've heard the rest of the story a thousand times. 'Amen to a good engine.'