Courtesy of Wilfred Koskela, Box 76, Devils Lake, North Dakota 58301. Wilfred on the Case 65.
Box 76, Devils Lake, N. Dak. 58301
On November 4th there was a cold wind from the north-west when we finished threshing on the Sigmund Jacobson farm at Brocket, N.D. The engine pictured was brought from Canada. We restored it several years ago from what looked like a wreck. It is a Case '65' with a butt strap boiler and a Gould balanced valve. That is me running the engine.
I have attended ten different threshing shows from Saskatoon to Dubuque and the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers reunion is the best yet. They have large steam engines and large gas tractors doing threshing with several separators. The groan of the Maple Bay blower on the 1908 Buffalo Pitts Niagara Second separator is a familiar sound to me from my boyhood days as my uncle had the same kind of separator as this one owned and operated by Mr. William Hektner of Wahpeton, N.D. I had the honor of operating the Avery 40-80 tractor running this separator at threshing at Rollag. Mr. Hektner is an expert separator man.
They have several organizations serving meals and lunches in different buildings and there are dozens of long benches on the grounds for people to rest on. There are fresh water fountains and numerous private rest rooms. They put out a yearly book, 'Memories of Bygone
Years', better than anywhere else. The 12th edition with 160 pages of write-ups and pictures on good gloss paper is the best yet and can be bought for $1.25 postpaid from the secretary Mr. Norman Nelson, Hawley, Minn. 56549. It is well worth the price and good reading from cover to cover. There were 18 steam engines and over 50 gas tractors operating and the miniature land is a wonderland with dozens of exhibits in operation. There is a museum of antiques. Many stationary gasoline engines big and small are running just beautifully. More show pieces are added each year. There are plans of having a Corliss engine generating electric power next fall.