SOOT IN THE FLUES

Past and Present:

| May/June 2002

  • Steam traction engine
    Yaeger Photo # 4: A steam traction engine digging sewer or water line ditches in Lewistown, Mont.
  • Soot in the Flues

  • Steam traction engine
    Yaeger Photos # 5: Another view of the steam traction engine digging sewer or water line ditches in Lewistown, Mont.
  • Clover huller
    Silsby Photo # 1: Birdsall alfalfa or clover huller.
  • Case steam engine
    Yaeger Photo # 6: J.I. Case steam traction engines with the horses harnessed and helping steer the engine.
  • Traction engine

  • Jay Moore at the wheel
    Pickard Photo # 1: Jay Moore at the wheel in 1997 at the Ole Gilliam Mill Crank-Up in 1997.
  • Port Huron and festive crew
    Spalding Photo #2: Port Huron and Festive Crew. Note the fellow to the far right - clearly having too much fun
  • Nichols & Shepard
    Yaeger Photo # 1: 30 HP double-cylinder Nichols & Shepard.
  • Keck-Gonnerman
    Pickard Photo # 2: A Keck-Gonnerman decorates Jay's cake on his 80th birthday.
  • # Picture 01

  • Garr Scott
    Yaeger Photo # 2: Brand new Gaar-Scott ''Big 40'' being unloaded.
  • Case
    Yaeger Photo # 3: Joe Bishop's 80 HP Case pulling a railroad flatcar, and Howard Richards' 25 HP Case pulling freight wagons down Main Street in Lewistown, Mont., near the mill ditch.

  • Steam traction engine
  • Soot in the Flues
  • Steam traction engine
  • Clover huller
  • Case steam engine
  • Traction engine
  • Jay Moore at the wheel
  • Port Huron and festive crew
  • Nichols & Shepard
  • Keck-Gonnerman
  • # Picture 01
  • Garr Scott
  • Case

Traction Engines and Threshing Machines

American Abell and Port Huron

John. F. Spalding,112 Carriage Place, Hendersonville, TM 37035, sends along two photos, including one of an American Abell taken in Winnepeg in 1912, possibly by a Joe Ritchie (his name is written in pencil on the back). John writes:

'The photo shows American Abell steam tractor s/n 2117 freshly unloaded at the Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada CP Railway yard. The engine is there for the plowing contest at the 1912 Royal Agricultural Fair in Winnepeg. The American Abell & Thresher Co. was purchased in 1912 (that same year) and became part of the Advance Thresher Co. (later Advance-Rumley). 'Cock of the North Line' was their motto and can be seen on the tractor. Winnepeg is hand-written on the bottom of the photo.

'This tractor is thought to have inspired several of the design changes later made by Advance-Rumley. This may be the first American Abell & Advance Thresher Co. engine built, but there is no data to support that theory. The 11 gentlemen probably represent the driving team, mechanic, operator and factory 'big wigs.' I thought it was kind of neat.

Spalding Photo # 1: American Abell traction engine, serial number 2117, freshly unloaded at the Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada CP Railway yard, 1912.



'I have also included a humorous old photo of a Port Huron tractor, threshing outfit and crew. The one unusual aspect of it is the fact that while no one ever seems to smile in 100-year-old photos, this group is cutting up - note the tray with drinks and the man in the back 'chugging' a bottle of something - very unusual and comical.'

Steam Birthday

Worth F. Pickard, 4820 Carbonton Road, Sanford, NC 27330, sends in some photos of his good friend Jay Wilbur Moore on the occasion of Jay's 80th birthday. Worth tells us Jay has been active in the steam community for some years now, especially in the Ole Gilliam Mill Crank-Up, and he was the driving force behind starting the Central Carolina Antique Power and Equipment Club, or C-CAPE as it's also called.