Letters & Miscellanies

“Wonder engine,” race tractor, sawing wood, In Memoriam

| December 2006

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    Ross Thiemann around 2 years old on a 1-cylinder engine.
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    Bob Morris and Wendell Felch sawing wood with the 6 HP Sandwich engine.
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    Bob Felch and his father-in-law running the 1878 shingle machine.

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"Wonder engine"

This photo is of me sitting on a 1-cylinder engine that was used to pump water.

After the washing machine in the background was replaced by a double tub washer, it was used as the power source to do the weekly wash.

I'm not sure of the brand name, but we do remember we called it the "Wonder engine" because when we needed it, we always wondered if it would start. I was born in 1925, so I'd guess the photo was taken a couple years later.

Ross Thiemann
Box 368
Pawnee City, NE 68420

Editor's note: This letter was sent by Lynn Curtis whom Ross told to note that he is the 10th of 13 children in his family, and also a lifelong resident of Pawnee. This photo was taken about 3 miles west of DuBois, Neb.

A race tractor

Thought your readers might like to see something a little different. My granddaughter gave me the idea while she was looking at some photos I took of 1930s and 1940s racing cars. She exclaimed that they looked like my tractor - at that time an 8N. After I acquired the B it seemed a natural. I invite comments.


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