Steamer


| July/August 1967



The coal bunker

Courtesy of Burton Leiter, R. 1, Six Lakes, Michigan 48886 This is our steamer all set for barn threshing. It is a 16-50 Port Huron Compound #7981. Our neighbor's grandson is on the coal bunker.

Burton Leiter

R. 1, Six Lakes, Michigan 48886

I am 75, partly retired and with my wife, Mildred, 70, own and live on our 160 acre farm located in Belvidere Twp., Montealm County, State of Michigan. We are nearly in the center of the lower peninsula and highways M46 and M66, which traverse the state from east to west and north to south respectively both cross our farm. One half of our farm has been in our family since 1889 (father to son) and the other half since 1903 (father to daughter). You see, we were the girl and the boy next door and have been married 47 years this coming April. We have one son and one daughter, both married, and one grandchild, Karen Marie, age 9 years, whose picture with myself and our steamer appear on page 34 of 1965 I.M.A.

We manage the farm and put in some of the crops. The other fields are rented out to neighbors on crop shares. Crops raised are oats, corn, wheat, beans and clover seed. All roughage is disked down and plowed under.

Our steamer is a very nice 16-50 Port Huron Compound # 7981 and we used it to thresh our oats with this year. It is housed in a storm and bird proof building during the winter seasons.

I enjoy reading the Album very much. I'm glad they took the gas tractors out. They just don't smell right.