2-1/2 HP Motorgo Engine, 12 HP threshing engine and 50 HP Fairbanks Morse Diesel

| September/October 1974

Front to left is a 2-1/2 HP Motorgo Engine -- at its right is a 1-1/2 HP McCormick engine with Serial Number E-W724 and at upper center is a 1906 Fairbanks Morse. Lawrence Schmidt got these together for the 1974 Cedar Valley Engine Show, Labor Day Weekend at Charles City, Iowa.

International Famous 12 HP threshing engine cutting firewood. My father ran a threshing machine many years with this engine.

I would like to share with the engine enthusiasts an engine I found at an abandoned gold mine mill operation. It is a 50 HP Fairbanks Morse Diesel. It powered an ore crusher -- 5 stamp mill -- electric generator -- a water pump. This operation was located in California. Mother lode way down a steep canyon without any road. There is a switch back pack animal trail leading to it. They must have had a time getting this equipment down there.

At left is yours truly with the engine. Center photo shows the stamp mill battery and shaker table. At right, the clutch and electric generator.

Hay is harvested from more than 20% of all cultivated land in the U. S.

Beef consumption in America rose about 50% per person in the last 20 years.