713 Brookman Hall, Vermillion, S. Dak. 57069.
(A story of the Collection of My Father's Antiques. Owned by James W. Beukelman, Corsica, S. D.)
I believe that my father would be the first one to admit that antiques are like alcohol: They really get into your system.
My father, James W. Beukelman of Corsica, S. D., began his collection about four years ago. He was driving along a South Dakota highway when he spotted a 14 x 28 Rumely 'Oil Pull'. He knew the owner of the tractor, so he stopped at the farm and bought the tractor. Last winter, my father finished restoring the tractor. The 'Oil Pull' took parts from many states and most of them came from Kansas. The 14 x 28 was just the beginning.
That same year, my father acquired a ten horse power Otto engine. The engine has a round connecting rod, a side cam shaft, and no carburetor. The engine was hauled home from Lake Andes, and was restored to running order. The Otto has no real carburetion system; a valve controls the intake of gas into the engine.
Later, he picked up a ten horse power Mogul Engine along the Missouri River, straight south of Platte. The Mogul was complete except for the magneto. After a few weeks, the owner of the Mogul gas engine found the magneto and wrote my father telling him that the magneto was good and could be used.
The Mogul engine has a side cam shaft, the original trailer, and the original cast iron seat.
Next came a six horse power Economy engine near Delmont. My father also purchased a Galloway at the same place. The six horse power Galloway has been restored to a running condition.
A few small John Deere and International engines were added to the collection. They seem to be quite prevalent in the Corsica area. My father also picked up Fairbanks-Morse and Cushman Engines. The Cushman engines are probably rarer in our area than the Fairbanks-Morse engines.
On a trip to the Black Hills, my father purchased three Novo vertical engines. He sold two of these to friends. My father still has a six horse power Novo to be restored.
Two of the rarer engines are the Emerson engine of about one and a half horse power and a Knowlton engine manufactured at Canton. My father also bought an Associates engine of about two horse power. Associates engines are getting very rare in the area.
My father also owns a 1923 spoke flywheel D John Deere. The D John Deere was the first true John Deere out of the factory. He purchased this tractor near Stickney.
My father bought an early model Rumely 'Oil Pull 'at Lincoln, Nebraska. This tractor is not restored and is a newer model like the 25 x 50.
One unusual tractor is the 1924 Huber. The four cylinder standard model was purchased near Vermillion. The engine was not stuck. All that was needed to start the tractor was gasoline.
An early model Hart-Parr was purchased near Delmont and soon will be restored.
An old eight bottom plow of John Deere origin was recently purchased from a man near Delmont. The plow is the old wooden platform type.
In order to have a tractor to pull the plow, my lather purchased a 1911 Rumely 'Oil Pull' 30 x 60. Serial number of the tractor is two hundred seventy-live. This tractor had been purchased new at Corsica and was used there for years. The tractor sat idle in Corsica for quite a few years, but the owner would not sell it. The tractor was later sold to Warren Prescott of Lynch, Nebraska. The tractor was sold lo Mr. Holland V under Pol and my lather. The tractor was hauled home on an Army lank low boy The 'Oil Pull' runs just like a new tractor.
My father bought a 1928 Massey-Harris four wheel drive tractor at Albert Lea, Minnesota. This tractor is also in excellent condition.
8 H.P. United engine, about 1920 vintage. Owned by Mr. Payne.
1895 Otto 10 HP engine. This engine was formerly used on a well rig. The engine has no carburetion system--just a valve to control the intake of fuel.
10 HP Mogul gas engine, the grandfather of the Titan and International engines. The Mogul purrs like a torn cat in a creamery.
1927 Studebaker restored in 1970. The car runs like a 'new' Studebaker-which admittedly is pretty rare.
1911 Rumely 30 x 60 in background, with a 20 x 40 Huber tractor and 1917 32' separator of Buffalo-Pitts origin in the foreground.
View of 30 x 60 Rumely while it is running. The engine runs beautifully and is owned by Rolland Vander Pol and James W. Beukelman.
In August, 1970, my father bought a 1917 Buffalo-Pitts threshing machine1 near Mitchell. This machine is sturdy and the wood on the machine is in excellent condition. The thresher was hauled home on my father's stack mover.
My father also owns a lot of cars. He owns a 1935 Chevy, Ford, and Plymouth. He also owns a 1941 Dodge, 1958 Edsel, and a 1951 & 1927 Studebaker. I own a 1926 Dodge that is un restored.
At the present time, most of the antiques are housed in various buildings on my father's farm.