106 South Elm St., Newkirk, Oklahoma 74647
These old pictures were made in 1926. The larger, we were beginning a big straw pile in Bob Macklin's pasture. In those days farmers who had large wheat crops and also had cattle would often have a large crescent-shaped straw-pile made in the pasture so the cows would have a wind-break while they ate the straw. I have always liked this picture, a fine big plume of straw but no smoke. It was a steam engine. Rumely 20 HP and a 36-60 separator.
In the other picture we are just at the moment of uncoupling from the separator. It was a completely candid snapshot. None of us knew any pictures was being taken. One man is beginning to unroll the belt, one is unhooking the bundle carrier while another is reaching for the coupling pin. Yours truly is the man on the engine and you can tell that I have hold of the throttle with one hand, the reverse lever with the other to back up an inch or two to get slack so he can pull the pin.
The outfit belonged to George J. Chancel, a real professional. Everything around his threshing rig moved with precision.
At that time my brother and I had a threshing rig and two sawmills in Arkansas. During threshing seasons for several years one of us would go to Kansas to run George's engine while the other ran our rig at home. George's run was in the Ninnescah River Valley southwest of Wichita. Fine wheat country.