3775 Herman Avenue, San Diego 4, California
I notice my subscription has run out so am sending a renewal, as I, like all the other readers don't want to miss an issue. I do get a great deal of pleasure out of reading the interesting letters from the many readers as well as the pictures of the old rigs, so many makes I have never seen and some I have never heard of. The old time machines are especially interesting. I can remember back to the days of the old straight straw stacker but the hand feed machines I never saw. The self feeder was in existence as far back as I can remember.
I began threshing back in 1912, firing a 70hp. N & S double cylinder pulling an N & S 36x56 separator with Garden City wing feeder. At that early date most of the grain in our part of the country was wheat and was put up in round stacks and could be threshed at such time as the thresher could get around to it. We often worked up to late November before we got to the last of our run. In the year 1915 I got my engineers license and took over the duties of engineer and manager of the rig I had fired for my father the three years before, while he took charge of the second machine he had bought that year.
I threshed down through the year 1925 when by that time the runs had dwindled down from 90 days to 10 days as all the farmers had bought the small two man rigs and were doing their own work and then again the hard surfaced roads had made moving impossible except the side roads and fields. So I sold out and took to other work. I left Minnesota where I was born and did all my engine work, and came to sunny California in the year 1940 and am now working for the State operating automotive equipment of any and all kinds such as trucks, tractors, diggers, dozers or whatever piece of equipment is needed for the job at hand. It's all good machinery and I enjoy my work, but it is not steam and only an old steamer knows what it's like to pull a throttle and feel the throb of steam surging through those iron lungs as the old steamer obeys the hand of the engineer.
I have often wondered why the letters in the magazine are most all from engineers. What about the boys from the other or as my old separator man used to say (the business end) of the outfit. Surely there are still some of the men left who spent their threshing days behind the blower or wind stacker who have some interesting stories to tell, as well as the boys from the power end. Come on fellows let's hear from you and see some of your pictures (close ups) as we have of the old engines. I have many pictures of the rig both at work and on the move. I write to and get many letters from old threshers whoso letters appear from issue to issue of the magazine. I have also written to p. brother thresher from England whose letter appeared in the last issue. I will gladly answer any and all letters from the fellows whoever or wherever you are. Keep up the good work and let us all get better acquainted as we are the last of that great line of Iron Men. I will add that I am now 59 years old and have spent 15 years at a throttle.