SOOT IN THE FLUES


| September/October 1994

  • Advance

  • Rare C. Aultman undermount

  • HP Heilman

  • Port Huron
    Port Huron 16 HP compound, owned by Fred Nolan. Photo taken at the Douglas County steam festival.
  • Advance engine

  • Keck Gonnerman double cylinder

  • Minneapolis

  • Russell engine
    Russell engine southeast of Bedford, Illinois. Has since been sold at auction.
  • Advance Rumely
    Advance Rumely, Neoga, Illinois, used for cooking sorghum. Sold at auction.
  • Frick
    Frick 16 or 20 HP, near Pendleton, Indiana.
  • 25 HP simple engine
    Baker 23-90 with 25 HP simple engine, factory installed, taken at Terre Haute, Indiana. Being restored.
  • Peerless
    Peerless with wooden spoke wheels, sold at public auction. Photo taken southeast of Rockville, Indiana.

  • Advance
  • Rare C. Aultman undermount
  • HP Heilman
  • Port Huron
  • Advance engine
  • Keck Gonnerman double cylinder
  • Minneapolis
  • Russell engine
  • Advance Rumely
  • Frick
  • 25 HP simple engine
  • Peerless

Henry Brovont's Advance outfit a 32 x 48 thresher, and I believe a 12 HP engine, my uncle Aaron Brovont on board. Photo taken about 1909 or 1910.

They hooked cables onto them, shook them a couple of times, then pulled them over. Mr. Wood made the patterns for the large castings, built up and riveted the frame. The lugs or spuds were all turned on a slight taper, out of steel shafting.

'The first engine was equipped with 25 HP Geiser boiler and engine mounted on the frame. The second engine for some reason was equipped with a commercial boiler, but they still used a 25 HP Geiser steam motor.

'It would have been quite a thrill to watch these large cable drum engines at work. I am thinking surely some relative or maybe the town's library must have something saved, information about these large engines and their place and Mr. L.C. Wood in Iowa's past history.'



I'm sure you fellows of Steam Land will be interested in this letter from HOWARD BROVONT, 64954 C.R. 15, Goshen, Indiana 46526-9736.

'Here it is '94 already. It has been many years since I have been through your fair city. I spent a while 60 miles south near Port Deposit, Maryland.