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| January/February 2002

Traction Engines and Threshing Machines

Curtis Cook, 3500 Martin Johnson Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23323-1210, (757) 485-1711 (e-mail: writes:

'Please find enclosed a picture of a steam engine and thrasher that was taken a long time ago. The picture is believed to be my great grandfather, Adelbert Rowley (1854-1928).

'Adelbert lived in the vicinity of Clayton, Hudson Township, Lenawee County, Mich., his entire life. In the Rowley family history it states, 'Adelbert at one time owned a thrashing machine and steam engine with which he thrashed wheat for other area farmers in return for a share of the crop. The thrashing venture was not a financial success and was eventually discontinued.

'The date and location of the picture is unknown to me. I believe the steam engine to be a Gaar Scott, but I am not sure. I have no idea on the thrasher. If anyone out there in steam land can shed any light on this picture, I would like to know.'

Lyle Hoffmaster, 1845 Marion Rd., Bucyrus, OH 44820, writes:

'Richard Backus: Thank you for keeping the format the same. That means something to we 50-plus year subscribers. You have a job that is not as easy as any of the former publishers had; you do not have the 'old timers' to turn to. These were the men who had been there, and could really write the good articles. Sadly, they are all gone.