PA. VACATIONER HELPS RESTORE MONTANA ANTIQUE

20-40 Rumely

Courtesy of Leonard James, Napoleon, Michigan 49261

Leonard James

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Culbertson, Montana 59218

The 1921 Emerson-Brantingham tractor pictured above was brought to Culbertson, Mont. July 18 by Sterling McKinney, president of the Northeastern Montana Threshers and Antiques Association: E. A. 'Nute' Anklam, Association ; secretary-treasurer; and Monk Krall, continuous honorary member. The tractor is on loan to the Threshers Association from William Brost and Teresa Brost, brother and sister, of north of Nashua, Mont, and will be restored by the Threshers for display at their annual fall Threshing Bee.

Clarence A. Hull, former steam engine operator and mechanic, and Sherman Krall of East Berlin, Pa. were visiting Monk Krall who has extensive wheat farming interests near Culbertson, at the time the tractor was brought in. Hull threshed five seasons for 45 to 50 customers each year with a steam engine. He is now foreman of Washington Township, York County road department with 50 miles of road to supervise He is also secretary-treasurer of the Road Board. He assisted in restoring the 46-year-old Emerson-Brantingham tractor for the fourth annual old-time Threshing Bee and Antique Show in Culbertson, sponsored by the Northeastern Montana Threshers and

Antiques Association. Hull is a member of the York Co. Threshermen's Association of which his cousin, Ralph Hull is president. For the past six to eight years they have held their two weeks Williams Grove Threshermen's Show. It is getting stronger every year Hull said. The Threshing Bee in Culbertson was held Sept. 16-17. More than 50 restored antique units were featured in the parade which was headed by the venerable 1906 15-45 Case steamer owned and restored by Henry Peterson and Halrod Sather of Culbertson and on loan to the Threshers Association.

The Northeastern Montana Threshers and Antiques Association was organized in 1963 by men interested in preserving the early day tractors, threshing machines and other equipment used by their homesteader parents of grandparents who settled and developed the area. From the original 44 charter members the organization has grown to approximately 60 members from 17 northeast Montana communities. Many are father and son teams and all exhibit much enthusiasm in the valuable work they are doing. Some of them drive over 100 miles to attend the once-a-month meetings and seldom miss. When parts are needed to restore these long outdated machines are unavailable, as practically all of them are, the Threshers go ahead and make them.

Threshing oats at Frontier City, Michigan in August, 1967. International separator owned by Frontier City and 20-40 Rumely owned by Leonard James. The front end of a 2 cylinder Case tractor can be seen at the right.

Pictured is a 1920 Samson Model M tractor which I completely restored. I purchased it in Eau Claire, Wisconsin through a For Sale Ad in your GEM. I showed it at the Old Time Threshers Reunion at Wauseon, Ohio this year.

Practically all of the antique equipment bring with them bits of interesting history,The Threshers newest acquisitiontion, the 1921 Emerson-Brantingham gas tractor, was purchased new for one-half price in 1923 by the Brost family and although now long unused it still is in fair condition for its 46 years. It is complete even to the parts book and the wood portions of the steering wheel which William Brost removed, wrapped and stored in his shop.

Recently McKinney, Anklam and Mr. Henry Peterson went to the old Julson place north of Lambert, Montana and brought back an antique 1913-14 model Tital gas tractor which the Threshers will restore. They found the tractor overgrown with tall weeds and grass and even young trees were growing up through the long unused machine. The owners of the tractor, Orin A. Julson of Bay City, Mich, and his sister Cora Mangel have agreed to loan it to the Threshers on an indefinite basis for restoration and display.

C. A. Hull, East Berlin, Pennsylvania on truck in front of the 1921 Emerson-Brantingham tractor just brought to Culbertson, Montana for restoration and display. On the ground from left: Sterling McKinney, president of the Northeastern Montana Threshers and Antiques Association, Culbertson; Sherman Krall, mayor of East Berlin, Pennsylvania and John (Monk) Krall, Culbertson-East Berlin.

This display of apple peelers and corers is owned by Matthew Engels of East Palmyra, N. Y. and was on display at the 1967 Reunion of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, Inc. The large peeler and corer was used in the early 1900's in his home, which was originally a commercial dry house. People have told him a good operator could peel and core about 50 bushels of apples a day. After refinishing the large apple peeler and corer, he added the small peelers and corer which were used for home use.