Titus and His New Case

Money Maker baler

Amos Stauffer

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Titus Brubaker, Jr., Conestoga, Pa. with his father, Titus H. Brubaker of Roherstown, Pa. with Case 22 x 45 [cross motor] 28 x 48 Frick Separator and the 17 x 22 Money Maker baler.

Courtesy of Amos Stauffer, 312 W. Main Street, New Holland, Pa. 17557.

Titus, age 85 on the 22-45 Case which he bought new in 1925. Photo at Rough & Tumble 1974 Reunion by Amos Stauffer.

Courtesy of Amos Stauffer, 312 W. Main Street, New Holland, Pa. 17557.

The name Titus H. Brubaker, Rohrerstown, Pa. first appears on record dated Aug. 18, 1950 9 p.m. The Steam Threshermen and Machinery operators held a meeting at Arthur S. Young Company Kinzer, Pa. It was at this meeting, with Rev. Elmer Ritzman of Enola, Pa. acting as chairman, that Mr. Young was elected president and Mr. Titus Brubaker was elected one of five directors. (No relation to our president of 10 years Mr. C. Daniel Brubaker.)

President Young proposed a name for the new organization (The Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.) A motion was made by Titus that we adopt this name. The motion was seconded and passed by a unanimous vote.

Titus has been very active in the organization until in recent years when he was temporarily disabled by failing health. Although, at age 85 Titus was at the R & T Banquet (Oct. 26) accompanied by his son Titus Jr. In visiting with him he expressed his inabilities to attend the meetings. He was assured that R & T considers him as an honorary lifetime member and we wish to thank Titus Jr. for taking good care of his father and also for actively supporting R & T as a director since 1970.

At our 1974 reunion one would see both of them taking care of steam traction engine management or taking part in threshing.

In 1925 Mr. Brubaker bought a 22 x 45 (cross motor) Case tractor from LANDIS Bros, in Lancaster, Pa. This tractor is now owned by his son and is on exhibit at R & T Kinzer, Pa. This tractor is equipped with heavy cast iron rear wheels for extra traction and was used for threshing by Mr. Brubaker until 1952. In the spring it was used to pull a township grader to scrape out the ditches before threshing season came on. It was also used for custom hay baling in the fall silo filling, and fodder shredding kept him active. In later years it was used to power a pea viner for a canning factory where the farmers hauled the pea vines to have them hulled. This was a job (as I recall) that required a dependable power source. A breakdown would cause a tie up in the waiting loads of pea vines which would heat and spoil if not unloaded. I can just hear the sweet sound of that 45 Case as it chattered all night and day, as these hullers would operate 24 hours a day in hulling season. This sound will never be forgotten by one like myself who has spent many days with a threshing rig powered by a similar tractor.

Later Landis Bros, took on the John Deere line and when questioned why he would change from Case to another line Mr. Ben Landis said 'We could not sell enough parts for Case tractors as they were too well built'.

The Frick separator is the famous 28 x 48 which was the symbol of most local Lane, and surrounding county threshermen. Mr. Brubaker bought it from Mr. Arthur S. Young in 1927 and used it for his custom threshing rig until 1952. The date and the place of purchase certainly indicates that Titus was active in the organization of R & T before his appointment as a director. This Frick thresher was donated to R & T and is now being used at reunion time threshing.

The baler is a 17 x 22 'Money Maker' built by S. Wayne Robinson Mfg. Co. Richmond, Indiana, with a 'Ruth' feeder made at Gap, Pa. and was purchased from a Mr. Burkholder in 1928. A very interesting thing came to my attention. This baler was converted by Mr. Brubaker to a double gear and double flywheel for smoother operation and easy running in tough baling jobs. It was used at the last two R & T reunions and is now owned by his son Titus Jr., thanks again to the Brubakers from the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Assn. Kinzers, Pa.

Herschel Manes, on his McCormick Deering 22x38 separator.

Courtesy of Frank Manes, Blanchard, Idaho, 51630

Picture taken July 12, 1974 when we threshed some oats at my Dad's place. This shows my Dad, Herschel Manes, on his McCormick Deering 22x38 separator. This separator is one of the late models and is in 'like new' condition. He bought it in September of 1970. Dad has another McCormick Deering machine almost identical to this one but it is a little older model. We threshed eleven acres this year and will probably thresh a little next year just to keep in practice. I might add that Dad started threshing in 1927.

This machine was built from 1915-1925 and it threshes, separates, cleans, weighs, counts and delivers grain to the bag. With a complete operating blower, this blower stacker lengthens, shortens, raises, lowers, hood turns all from controls from the machine. This machine has all the working parts of a large grain thresher. The grain bagger will operate from either side of the machine.

Courtesy of Merle L. Polhemus, 6545 Beard St., Shaftsburg, Michigan 48882

I built this machine before I was out of high school. I now run this grain thresher with a little Handy Andy gas engine. It was at the Mason, Michigan Steam Meet this year.

Courtesy of Merle L. Polhemus, 6545 Beard St., Shaftsburg, Michigan 48882

Eight H.P. Economy, Serial No. 340697, 400 rpm.

Courtesy of Willmar H. Tiede, Le Center, Minnesota, 56057