| November/December 1955

Case Compound engine

20 hp. Case Compound engine and 30x60 N & S separator. Martin & Wager machine or rig of 1903 at Forest River, North Dakota.

1810 Avenue D, Ft. Madison, Iowa

Enclosed is an item clipped from the Threshermens Review in 1907. My father, E. C. Cook, of Brighton, Iowa, recently found this clipping which he cut from the magazine. The main reason he saved the clipping is that he was the engineer on this rig. The picture enclosed is an exact duplicate of the one that appeared in the Review with the article. Martin & Wager operated this rig. Martin, son-in-law of Wager, was the field boss and is seated in the buggy. It took some doing for them to get the rig. They bought the engine second hand with a note and then mortgaged the engine to buy the separator. Edd Krehbill of Donnelson, Iowa, was the separator man. He passed away several years ago. Albert Miller and William Young of Salem, Iowa, and my father are the only living old threshers that threshed in Lee and southern Henry County that I know of.

Also enclosed is a picture of a 12hp. Rumley purchased new in 1902 which my father operated. The picture was taken the same year. The following year father went to North Dakota to run engines. After proving his worth as an engineer he asked for and received practically double the pay of the average engineer.

The last picture is of father as he looks today. This fall he will celebrate his 84th birthday anniversary. For an old man he enjoys fairly good health. Ray Ernst of Wayland, Iowa, is a fairly close old thresher and they get to visit together once in a while.

If this is of interest and worth printing I might be able to get some more together. Father thinks I can be classed as an old thresher as I stayed out of school one fall for three weeks to run a 16 hp. Gaar Scott pulling a clover huller when I was just 12 years old.


Editor Review: Having noticed in your last issue a little joke at the expense of the Dakota thresher, I would like to submit a few facts, which I hope will prove that we are justified in trying to give our crew 'steady work.'