Russell wood machine

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Lawrence Porter
Courtesy of Lawrence Porter, Rushville, Ind. Threshing oats with the 21-75 Baker Uniflow engine.

Rushville, Ind.

I have been a subscriber to the Iron-Men since 1948 and saved
every copy. No magazine that I receive gives me more pleasure.

I have been a threshing machine enthusiast since I was a boy.
Both of my grandfathers, father, and uncle were all machine men, so
I was indoctrinated early. I, myself, ran a Huber tractor outfit
for 10 years, until the combine took over.

When I was a boy, I visited all of the threshing machines in the
neighborhood, sat on the engine ’til the engineer ran me

I bought my first steam engine in 1949, an old 1912 Baker, and
since then I have had a Case and a Russell, which I sold, but now I
have a 22 Keck, No. 1814, and a 21 H.P. Baker, No. 17318. I have
the Keck belted to a Garr Scott sawmill and do custom sawing, so
get a fire up once in awhile.

The enclosed pictures show my Baker belted to my 33-54 Russell
wood machine, which is one of the last made. It was bought new in
1929 by Cecil Simpson of Bargersville, Ind. and only cost him
$500.00 as the company was going out of business. Mr. Simpson owned
several Russell outfits, and is now over 80 years old.

I stacked 15 acres of oats in the year, 1963; and that is the
way to do it in this day and age. You can thresh anytime you get
ready, and you don’t have to have much help, just 4 boys to
pitch in the machine.

I have a buck rake with a push-off attachment which is an ideal
stacker, and made three nice stacks the first try. We could put up
about 4 or 5 shocks at a time, and could stack these easily before
the next load. I plan to thresh again next year in the same

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