THE OLD OILPULL


| May/June 1966



Oilpull Tractor

Courtesy of Mr. Lyle Knerr, Chappell, Nebraska

Mr. Lyle Knerr

Maxwell Iowa 50161

This is the story of a few years - six to be exact - I spent in western Canada with my family. The 'how come' and some of my experiences during that time. It will not be a masterpiece alongside the work of Robert Burns, but I can assure the readers that it will not contain any fiction either. But I feel it may be of interest to them to follow an Iowa chap north for awhile and learn how he 'made out'. A couple of weeks ago, I experienced my seventy fifth birthday.

Even as a small boy, I was showing unusual interest in the steam farm engine, and would ask mother to write post cards for various catalogues. When I was fifteen, I hauled water for a Gaar-Scott outfit. It was a sixteen H.P. direct flue pulling a 33-52' Sep. The third year my father bought a one half interest in the outfit for me, and I tended the sep. for a couple of years. This all occurred in southern Iowa where I was raised. We had some coal that was good, but some that was very poor. On some jobs we burned wood. I have cut my share of the old fence rails that figured in the early days as fence material in that part of our state in early days. If asked to burn wood however, it was always agreed that we were not liable in event of fire since sparks from it were dangerous. A couple of years later, I purchased a new 18 H.P. double. This too, was a G. S. and a fine engine. A new sep. too, with a blower. The old rig was fitted with a Sattley stacker, but required a great deal of upkeep.

During my university work of three years, I was married in the first year. My wife is still with me and has been the most wonderful companion. That was 1912. We were raised near each other, and our parents too, had known one another for many years. I spent about three years with the Rumely Co. here in Des Moines. There, we had the Gaar Scott, the Advance and the Rumely lines, all on the floor at the same time. Their steam lines were supplemented with the Oil Pull, from Rumely, the Gas Pull, from Advance, and the Tiger Pull from the Gaar-Scott division. The last, was a Hugh tractor as I remember it, rated at 40-80 H.P. with a T. head motor set lengthwise. Friction drive, if I am not mistaken. We had but one of them at the Des Moines Branch and none were sold out of here to my knowledge. Through THE ALBUM I believe Mr. Norman Pross of Luverne, North Dakota, has one of these tractors. I wish Mr. Pross would give us a little 'run down' on it via THE ALBUM. I believe it was a straight gasoline job. I have never seen but the new one at the branch.

This is an Aultman-Taylor, 30-60, 1916, 4 cylinder horizontal engine.

This is my 20-30 Wallis tractor and 4 roll McCormick Deering corn shredder. Driving the tractor is Gary Schacht from Eau Claire. We had some fun that day.