| March/April 1961

  • 24 hp Minneapolis Engine
    24 hp Minneapolis Engine and Glenn Beedy, owner, beside it.

  • 24 hp Minneapolis Engine

939 Eighth Street, Beloit, Wisconsin

I haven't been a subscriber for the ALBUM too long, but I get a lot of enjoyment reading it. When I get one issue, I read it from front to back the first evening and about three days later, I read it from back to front! I can appreciate the work that is involved in compiling the material for each issue. You are doing a good job. Now if you will allow me to blow off a little steam about myself and the photo of the 24 hp Minneapolis . . .

That is me with my long forehead standing by the engine. Being only 42 years old, I can't offer much experience as far as threshing is concerned, but I did get in some at the last of the 1930's. I ran a 24 hp Minneapolis quite a bit. The last that I pulled a throttle on a traction engine was 1939. I have been around steam power all of my life and I was chief engineer for a 10,000 K.W. steam turbine electric plant for eight years.

Last Labor Day week-end, the Pulton Congregational Church held their 3rd Rock River Thresheree at Edgerton, Wisconsin for three days. So, on Saturday afternoon, I drove up to Edgerton to see what went on. As I drove the car into the parking area, someone pulled a whistle cord and my enthusiasm began to rise as I could hear an engine working in a belt. When I got to the area where the engines were, about the first engine that took my eye was the 24 hp Minneapolis!

I wasn't around too long on Saturday, but I was back on Sunday by 8 a.m. and got acquainted with the owner of the Minneapolis engine -Mr. Walter Kienow of Randolph, Wis. He purchased this engine in the fall of 1959 and he did a wonderful job of restoring the engine. It ran fine. He had it all painted and trimmed up like a new one. He was very generous and let me run the engine quite a bit.

The first thing we did in the morning after steam was up, was to hook to a Red River Special Separator and spotted it alongside a stack of grain. As I was as 'rusty as a hinge on an old gate', that proved to be a chore and a sore arm resulted from cranking. Later in the day we belted up to the fan to work the engine.


Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $29.95.

Facebook Pinterest YouTube