| March/April 1968

  • Baker grain thresher
    About 1923, Floyd Kuhn who lives near my present home bought it for $100.00 to run his big Baker grain thresher, but did not have enough power in tough grain, Floyd Kuhn used that engine to pull a road rooter plow to tear up the gravel road bed on U.S. 12
  • Case 110 engine
    I was on this engine when she broke through. It's a Case 110.

  • Baker grain thresher
  • Case 110 engine

Alvordton, Ohm 43501

I was interested in the article by Hope D. Earl on page 25 of the Nov.-Dec. 1967 issue of IRON-MEN ALBUM entitled 'My Favorite Engine'. Hope is a very dear friend of mine and a very good sawmill, steam engine and auto mechanic.

Although he is a year younger than I am, he had 10 years head start of me in operating steam traction engines. I was pleased to note the fine compliments he gave the Port Huron engine. In regard to his article, he called that engine a 19 hp. and wrote he would like to know what became of it. Well, here is the rest of the story. I saw that engine in 1921 and it was owned by Cobb and Cole at Shadyside, Hillsdale County, Mich. They called it a 17 hp. simple. The 1912 Port Huron repair catalogue says it was changed from a 17 to 18 hp. on Jan. 1st., 1905, and the cylinder bore increased from 8 to 8 inches. The boiler was the same size as used on the 22 hp. compound with 46 tubes 7 feet long. In June 1912 the tubes were increased 24', and with the 8' diam. & 10' stroke simple cylinder, it was called a 20 hp., and it really was a 'Longfellow' then.

The next year-1926 Floyd Kuhn traded that 17 hp. Port Huron engine to Harry T. Dillon & Co. at Hudson, Mich. for a 20 hp. double side mount Nichols and Shepard steam traction engine. Mr. Dillion had taken this N. & S. 20 hp. engine in on a trade for a new 15-30 gear drive International tractor from Harry Monier -a fellow thresherman near me.

When I was plowing with my new 10-20 McCormick-Deering tractor in 1926, I saw that 17 hp. Port Huron engine being towed by a new 15-30 tractor to Mr. Dillon's implement yard. Mr. Dillon junked the cast iron parts from this engine, and towed the boiler on it's original wheels to the Hudson city dump. I remember seeing it there and some boys built a fire of waste paper in it, but it did not get hot enough to damage the dry boiler.

A few months later, Frank Walker of Walker's garage in Hudson decided to rescue it and use it for a heating boiler in his garage. He towed it to his garage, removed the wheels and used it to heat his large garage for a number of years.


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