| September/October 1958

  • 25-50 Avery Tractor
    The 25-50 Avery tractor owned by Bill Dittemore, Box G, Plains, Texas. See Bill's letter
  • 25-50 Avery tractor
    The 25-50 Avery tractor of Bill Dittemore and Eather Gleason at Lancaster, Texas, in 1951. See Bill Dittemore's letter

  • 25-50 Avery Tractor
  • 25-50 Avery tractor

P. O. Box 6 Plains, Texas

I am a subscriber to the IRON-MEN ALBUM. I have been for just one year, I wish that I had known about the ALBUM long before. I enjoy every copy and look forward to the next issue long before it is due. I wish that the ALBUM came out once a month.

Through the ALBUM and as a result of it I have made some new friends, one of which is Bill Bant of Liberty, Missouri, and another Mr. M. H. Sylvester of Friona, Texas, who has a 16-50 Nichols & Shepard engine that looks like it is in perfect condition. He sent me some color shots of his engine. As soon as possible I want to visit with Mr. Sylvester. I am 30 years old and am originally from Missouri, St. Joseph to be exact. I can just barely remember steam. However, my Dad and Granddad threshed with a 25-50 Avery tractor and a 32 inch New Russell threshing machine.

Steam is interesting to me and is something I want to learn a lot more about.

I can remember very well leaving home before sun up and coming back after dark during harvest. Also getting up in the middle of the night to the field to cover the separator with a sheet to keep it from getting rained on.

I bought a 25-50 Avery tractor in 1951 at Mesquite, Texas and drove it home to Dallas, a distance of 28 miles on Labor Day, 1951. I also exhibited this engine at the Lions Club Fair at Lancaster, Texas in 1951. The engine was constantly being cranked and ran during the 3-day fair by farmers who liked to remember way back when. My project is to get an engine. I like the Case and Nichols & Shepard best.