Smoke rings

6 Hp. John Deere engine

Courtesy of Robert Vohland, R. R. I, Washington, Illinois 61571

Robert Vohland

Content Tools

I just can hardly believe that this is the last issue of the second year of GEM already. Time really flies or I guess I should say it really goes up in smoke rings.

And no one knows better than a parent how swiftly the years go by for it seems they're hardly out of diapers and there you are - finding yourself at the church watching your young one take their mate which means the beginning of a new life and a new family, and even though you are so happy for them and so eager to welcome a new one into the clan, there is a sweet sadness with it and you wonder how did they become an adult so fast? Yes, our second child, Daughter Dana married Robert Fortenbaugh on August 26. It was a lovely wedding - not without many an upheaval until we heard the wedding march and then all the events of the past and the little troubles that appear through the preparation - as I'm sure they do in all important events - were nothing but a memory and all was worthwhile as you watched a beaming beautiful bride escorted down the aisle by her father to meet her future husband who stood with adoring eyes, as all grooms do when they watch the 'light of their life' approaching the altar In a few minutes they were man and wife, the church reception was over, the newlyweds had dressed and gone - off on a honeymoon to the sea-shore, and the friends that always stand by you slowly make their way home and the rest of the children are in bed and it's very quiet - and you have a good feeling that the young couple are going to have a very wonderful life together - not all happiness, but facing together whatever is their lot, God Bless them. But isn't it odd that little empty space in your heart when they aren't at home. Every time one of them is gone, even for over night, it's like a little empty space appears in my heart and awaits their homecoming whenever it may be - well, I've been called a sentimentalist and I guess I am, but don't you think most parents have these pangs even if they don't admit them--I think so! I'm glad as our children grow up that they find a mate to share their lives with, I wouldn't want it any other way, but that doesn't mean I don't have a right to miss them.

I'm very proud of this 3 H.P. Stickney gas engine. I secured it from its original owner who bought it in 1914 here at Minneapolis, Kansas, new from the dealer. It was in a bad state of rust after being discarded and left to the mercy of the elements for nearly a half century in a shelterbelt on the owner's farm. It now runs as good as new and has full compression and power. The trucks are not original. A fine runner and a fine looker.

Z type Fairbanks on shallow well with grasshopper pump at Devil's Den, California. Engine owned by Jim Everest of Weaverville, California.

Have a letter from Gerald F. Hoffman, 313 E. Peru St., Princeton, Illinois 61356 who writes: In the Sept-Oct. issue of GEM, I see a picture on the cover page of a Geiser Tractor and page two you say that you don't know the age of this Geiser Tractor. Well, I have a book called The Development of The Agricultural Tractor in the United States, and in this book there is a picture of this same Geiser Tractor and the book states that this tractor was made in 1909 and had 4 cylinders engine and was 25-50 hp. and had two forward speeds, 2? and 3? mph. I trust this bit of information will interest your readers. Thank you Gerald for your informative letter.

From Lewis H. Cline, 1102 West River Road, Battle Creek, Michigan, one of our steady contributors of articles to both magazines, Lewis writes/ 'In answer to my inquiry about the Port Huron tractor I received a nice letter and hand I drawing from Douglas A. McConnell,, Box 575, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. They had two of them at one time.

I received in yesterday's mail, the Tractor Operating Book and Directory and note it contains picture and description of the Port Huron also. At this time I want to make another inquiry. On page 124 there are two pictures of G.M.C.

Samson tractors, made in Pontiac, Michigan. I do know that G.M.C bought the Janesville Plow Co., Janesville, Wisconsin and made tractors, trucks, plows and disc harrows there. We at one time had one of the tractors, a Samson Model M which was not at all like that pictured on page 124. Did they move the factory to Janesville, Wisconsin after buying the plow works? Does anyone know the story on this and have any of you ever owned one of the three wheel tractors built at Pontiac? I have never seen one of them.

Thought you might like a receipe again and this one is for a frankfurter casserole. 4 cups thinly sliced potatoes, 1 cup thinly sliced onions, 2 tsp. salt, 1 lb. frankfurters, 2 tbsp. flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tbsp. butter or margarine, 2-8 oz. cans tomato sauce, ? lb. cheddar cheese, cut into chunks and 2 tbsp. chopped parsley. Cook potatoes and onions with two tsp. salt in boiling water for five minutes. Drain. Slice franks diagonally. Mix potatoes, onions, franks, flour, salt, butter, one can of tomato sauce, cheese and parsley. Spoon into casserole. Pour remaining can of tomato sauce over. Bake 35 minutes at 375 degrees. You might like this casserole as 1 don't care for frankfurters but I do like this meal, but I add more cheese than it says here.

Well, that will be it for this time so until next writing, remember: All the world lives in two tents, content or discontent.**He who builds a fence always fences out more than he fences in. -- There is no sunshine without some shadow. ******It's not a question as to who is right, but what is right.

1 hp. IHC Tom Thumb. We used a cooper tank float for the gas tank and redwood plank for the wood base.

4 hp. Ottawa Log Saw outfit. Filling station attendant, Chet Pratt of College Spring, Iowa seems happy to be in picture. This engine has push rods for both intake and exhaust valves. This, along with a lot of compression and only one flywheel, makes the engine hard to spin with a crank.

Myself with 1? Hp. Montgomery Wards Sattley.

A line up of tractors on the CX ranch.

Washington, Illinois 61571 The salesman's sample of the John Deere engine pictured sitting on flywheel of big engine.

Washington, Illinois 61571 This photo is a salesman's sample of the 10 Hp type Z Fairbanks Morse engine. It is sitting on the wheel of the big engine.

As fits the holy Christmas birth, Be this, good friends, our carol still--Be peace on earth, To men of gentle will.

William Makepeace Thackeray

That's me on the seat of a 3 Hp. Associate Gas Engine, on elevator and 4 hole Joliet spring corn sheller in about 1920. The 3 hp. engine I found three years ago in a grove and found out it was Dad's. He bought it in 1918 to save the horsesĀ  from unloading ear corn as he got a picker that year and thought horses had walked enough. It's all painted up now and running.

6 Hp. John Deere engine.

A Fordson Tractor and 15 shoe Dowagiac strain drill and along the building is a grain treating machine with water and formaldehyde that was used on grain before it was seeded. This was hand cranked. There is no name on it so I don't know by whom it was made.

Some old machinery I have for one and two walking plows--old potato planters and potato cultivators. Also a hand pulled fire wagon.

A 1922,16-30 Rumely Oil Pull taken at the Milton Steam Era show. Restored and owned by Hillview Farms, Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. Runs perfectly, had the pleasure of driving this tractor around the grounds.

I bought this machine 2? years ago from the original owner. His son thought they bought it about 1913. The shed it was in was built just for it. Machine is 8 feet wide and overall length is about 24 feet.

I pulled it three miles home with our 1929 L Case Tractor. It took me ? day to take off the lugs and dig away the chicken manure. It tilled many farms around here until the paved roads appeared.

The last time it was used was ten years ago. This picture shows how long it is.

Good view of the back of the engine.