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Traction Engines and Threshing Machines

Reeves Engines

Moving on to old steam traction engines, I behaved well and never sent a single Reeves picture last issue. This time, I am sending a bunch. Three are copies of pictures of 25 HP

Reeves cross-compound Canadian Specials (although separate engines) from the Daniel (Jrs files at Denton, Mont.

Photo #1 shows the Swager Brothers pulling disk plows with their Reeves, while Photo #2 shows a Mr. Dietrich from Moore, Mont., pulling the Eppers' Store from north of Denton to Denton. Denton was a new town in 1913, created by the Milwaukee Railroad extending their line from Lewistown to Great Falls. Mr. Eppers must have wanted to be where the action was. The Schrader Reeves in Photo #3 is threshing in that same area.

I have a question for Lyle Hoffmaster and Melvin Pierce. Photo #4 of a Reeves and steam lift plow located at Bozeman, Mont., has me nearly stumped. It has every appearance of a 25 HP cross-compound, except that it has an exhaust pipe on the right side. It appears to have 76-inch tall driver wheels and 16-inch wide front wheels, which I didn't think were available on the 20 HP double-simple, which is the only thing it could possibly be. Lyle, Melvin - what do you think? This is from a circa 1909 Reeves plowing catalog.

Photo #5 shows an early 32 HP cross-compound owned by Banks & Featherly of Dillon, Mont., pulling a 12-bot-tom Reeves steam lift plow.