| September/October 1967

  • Small steam engine
    Courtesy of Frank Treaster, 917 Elm St. , Clarkston, Washington 99403
    Frank Treaster

  • Small steam engine

917 Elm St., Clarkston, Washington 99403

I have taken the Album for about twelve years and enjoy the threshing stories, especially those from North Dakota. My folks moved there is the spring of 1905 and homesteaded in Battineau County, about five miles southwest of the town of Maxbass.

About two years later father bought a second-hand Nichols and Shepard 18 Horse Return flue engine and a 32x52 Red River special separator.

I was water monkey most of the first fall except about the last two weeks when I fired with straw.

The next summer we did some summer fallowing. That fall father tended the separator and I ran the engine.

We threshed by the bushel, 6 cents for oats, 10 for wheat, and 18 for flax. Things went very well that fall. I am not sure, but I think we had about a 40day run. We usually made four sets on a quarter section. We would hook the separator to the front of the engine and run backwards to the next set. Some engineers claimed they have moved in 12 minutes, but I never could do that well. Father was very particular. He had to have the separator level side ways and a little low at the rear end.