The Heritage or Past History Of TITUS and ERMA BRUBAKER

| September/October 1987

  • Titus & Erma Brubaker
    Titus & Erma Brubaker in May 1986 on his 9'' x 10'' Frick.
  • 50 HP Peerless
    Titus Brubaker on his 50 HP Peerless in October 1986 at age 97.

  • Titus & Erma Brubaker
  • 50 HP Peerless

This history was presented at the August 13, 1986, dedication of the Steam Traction Engine Building at Rough and Tumble Museum in Kinzers, Pa., in honor of Titus and Erma.

Titus Brubaker, one of the last local old-time threshing operators, was born April 20, 1889, and is 98 years young. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall Academy in Lancaster, Pa., in 1904 and the next year attended Franklin and Marshall College for one year. He also took a correspondence course in electrical wiring. In later years he served on a school board for 12 years. He had one son, Titus, Jr.

Erma, his wife, was born in August 29, 1893. She graduated from Millersville College in 1913, then taught school for 5 years. She then went to Washington, D. C. during World War I and worked for the Federal Trade Commission in D. C. and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She married 1923 and lived in Florida and had a daughter. After the death of her husband she went back to D. C. and worked in Labor Statistics. After being a widow for 22 years, she married Titusa good venture and ever since it's been steam engines.

In 1904 at age 16, Titus got the itch to own a threshing rig of his ownan 'R' Peerless traction engine and Model 'C' 30' x 46'' Geiser thresher. At the time of his business start-up, a Jake Denlinger stated he was only a kid, as were his schoolmate helpers.

In 1905 he purchased a new Model 'S' Peerless and the boiler went bad in 5 years. The metal had failed around the firebox plate area of the stay bolts on both ends. Therefore, the 'S' Peerless was scrapped in 1910.

In 1908 he purchased his first automobile, a Cadillac with the one cylinder engine under the front floorboards.


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