| November/December 1963

  • Minneapolis Outfit
    A Minneapolis Outfit on which Roy Virgin was on the smokey end in the year of 1916-southwest of Fargo, North Dakota. The engine was a 28 HP.
  • Straw Burner
    Nichols-Shepard Single Cylinder Straw Burner, equally adapted for wood and coal. 20 H, 25 H and 30 H Power.

  • Minneapolis Outfit
  • Straw Burner

210 N. Belleville Street, Freeburg, Illinois

I was 12 years old when I started running a steam engine on a sawmill which belonged to my Dad. He had two Belleville Outfits, the old style engines with two 36 x 52 inch separators. I stayed with that kind of livelihood until 1912 when I started to work on the ICRR as a freight agent and telegraph operator and stayed with them until 1954 when I took my pension.

I threshed in North Dakota four years. First year, 1911, I spike pitched bundles and drove bundle wagon. in 1914 I ran a Case, 25 HP, northwest of Devils Lake. In 1916 I ran a Minneapolis 28 HP southwest of Fargo. I also ran a 20 HP Sheppard in Illinois for three years west of New Athens, Illinois and in 1936 and 1937 I ran a 18 HP Keck four miles south of Freeburg, Illinois.


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