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  1. I have some things to throw out there to those of you who understand these crops. We don't raise corn or cotton here. I took this photo this morning after about a month of WINTER. We've had plenty of below zero weather overnight since it hit. Snow and cold is the reason those hot weather crops aren't grown here at our elevation. I put this photo on Facebook this afternoon when I put on my daily accordion song. My song was a 1949 song made popular in 1950 as a hit for Bing Crosby. It's a "Marshmallow World" (In The Winter, When The Snow Comes To Cover The Ground...) This Minneapolis return flue engine is chopping (?) or shelling (?) corn into a granary. A 1924 IHC Farmall Regular with a "corn machine." An IH Farmall MTA is chopping hay(?) for silage? Into an L-170 IH truck(?) Either an IHC Farmall F-20 or F-30 with a "corn harvester" of some type. This is a Model E Cotton Picker (don't know the brand) picking cotton near Ralls, Texas. I do enjoy putting things I know little to nothing about for you guys to explain it to me and others who aren't familiar with things in your area. Gary😉
  2. jeeper61, I'd never pictured anything like this wooden thread spool mill. It's funny how we out west have very little manufactured, mainly just crops raised. I've long been fascinated with wooden spools. I always keep them, when I run into one. Mom's sewing basket used to be something I liked playing in when I was 2 or 3 years old. Grandma Yaeger had passed on and her huge sewing basket had so many spools of thread and lots of buttons too. There's not much in the way of spools in my old baskets I display near my antique hand crank singer sewing machine at Mike's shop. My "Coffin Top" hand crank Singer. My 1861 Hand Crank Chas Raymond sewing machine. This was my high school graduation present from my parents in 1961. It was $50 in a Lewistown antique shop even at that time. My parents couldn't believe that was what I wanted for graduation! Very few people understand how I function. Roger may come as close as anyone here on Red Power though. He has some ancient quirks too! Gary😁
  3. MT Matt, we were at Mike and Pam's. I know I ate way too much. I took the pecan and pumpkin pie and homemade whip cream. And I LEFT it there! That is a great looking spot to be elk hunting in! "Track soup?" That reminds me of an old, old cousin of mine, long gone. He was an Eagles member in Lewistown and always went to the monthly "Eagle's Feed." My father in-law was also an Eagles member. He'd gone to the same feed that my old cousin went to. It was this time of year. He walked up to a bowl of large black olives, used both hands to pick up a bunch in his hands and he hollered, "ELK!!!" loud enough the whole banquet room could hear him! Gary😉🙃😁
  4. MT Matt, I was just pulling your chain about the Froid auction. You are our auction person here. Those look like a great side delivery rake setup! I wish I had a dollar for every day I pulled rakes in my young years. We sure got winter early this year. I don't remember many winters starting and staying this early in my long lifetime. We usually just get some "heads up, fellas, this is what's coming soon snow," but not this cold and snow like we've gotten. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of our friends here on Red Power! Gary😉 The transition:
  5. Well, my wife is watching the University of Montana Grizzlies get whooped by the Montana State University Bobcats. I chose to do productive things like posting photos for Red Power! This first photo is a faint memory of mine, as I remember Dad doing this with bobsled runners underneath instead of wagon wheels. Feeding livestock in winter with loose hay, hand pitched. They got rid of the draft horses in 1947, so I wouldn't have been very old. Four, I guess? Our barn had this peak that held the track for lifting hay into the hayloft. I don't remember hay being up there in our barn. They may have still been putting some hay up there for the draft horses and I just don't remember going up into the hayloft? Here's another Big Four gas tractor pulling Deering binders. Roger knows every part of a Big Four in his head, the lights out and lying in bed. A 45 IHC Mogul has the threshing crew posing with it. An 80 hp Case is threshing in somewhat later years, it appears (maybe 1930s), but it's still a wonderful scene. Harvesting with a 21 Massey Harris "Harvest Brigade" combine and a two ton K-5 International truck. My father inlaw had a 21 Massey and I had a 21 Massey, but neither of them had a huge decal like this one has on its grain tank. You can see how small my FIL's decal was on his 21 Massey Harris. A Shorpy of a pretty early IH Farmall M backed into the belt. You "non-Montanans" will have to tell me what this is? It may be a John Deere tractor planting something? It's sure not McCormick-Deering. Planting cotton or corn? I had this photo marked to post here for some time now, of ladies and a White Steamer. Ironically this is the very same type of White steam car that burned Jay Leno's face. I hope Jay doesn't have horrible disfiguration from the gasoline fire. My face was on fire with gasoline when I was a first grader. So was my right arm. My big brother used his jacket to (eventually??) smother those fires. It seemed like a half minute I was burning, But It may have only been 10 seconds too? I had disfiguration on my right arm for years, but all of it has gone away and I can find no sign of ever being on fire. I got out of school for three days though. But It wasn't real fun in the hospital either. The yellow "grease" the Dr. put on my arm, wrapped in gauze, and put on my face looked similar and smelled just like this Bag Balm in the can right here in front of me. A FWD (Four Wheel Drive ) solid rubber tire truck has the neighbors posing on it. This is a high water early 1926 Model T Ford Fordor Sedan used in Florida. I'd hate to have the transmission to driveshaft universal joint go out in real deep water! There were a couple of old "filling stations" like this when I was young, where I grew up. They were so fascinating. I'm taken by that gasoline (gasolene?) pump that gentleman owner has his hand on. I've seen those pumps, but not on the outside of a visible pump like this one. That appears to be a 1926 Model T Ford Tudor Sedan at right. Those old filling stations always seemed to sell pop. This boy is smiling with his bottle of CocaCola! And how well I remember Orange Crush pop! This appears to be a steam powered, crawler propulsion, cement mixer? That had to be hard work doing that kind of work? A Yuba Ball Tread crawler. I don't completely understand the "ball" part, but I've never seen one of these crawlers in person. I was fascinated by this Model A Ford Van with a mobile machine shop in the rear. I remember there being an old yellow and black "DeLaval" milker, tin sign nailed on the stall wall in our barn as a boy. I've always wondered why I didn't grab that. But, I didn't. We had McCormick-Deering milkers when I came along. MT Matt likely smelled this auction poster coming off of the press? Maybe not. It shows some McCormick-Deering IH tractors being auctioned at Froid, Montana. A (L-R) Farmall M, Farmall F-20 and a W-30. Gary😉
  6. An earlier import to American frontiersmen, farmers and ranchers was the French Zulu shotgun. ZULU SHOTGUN : French 1867 "Tabatiere" rifle converted to a shotgun. This was originally a French Mle.1857 percussion rifle, which was later converted to M.1867 breech loading rifle, and finally converted to the smoothbore shotgun configuration. I believe when the Tabatiere rifle was converted to a breech loader, it was in 577 Snyder caliber. When it was finally converted to a smoothbore shotgun it was available in 12 and 10 gauge shotgun ammunition, likely brass cased. I used to have my grandpa Jäger's Zulu 10 gauge. They were a single shot. I had a cousin who was all hopped up over "antique guns." He had gotten a 45-70 Springfield Trapdoor US Army Infantry Rifle. When he saw Grandpa's shotgun, he, "Had to have it." His neighbor had a 1925 Model T Roadster Pickup, that he'd sell my cousin for $20. So I asked Dad and he let my cousin take the Zulu shotgun home. I never got the Model T. He always had an excuse. The last excuse he came up with was that he was robbed and lost his old guns. I later came up with this 12 gauge that had its wooden stock all broken up. It had a cheap repair. I photographed it with Grandpa Jäger's brand. Another fella talked me out of it about 25 or 30 years ago. I do still have this photo of it in my computer though. Gary😉
  7. Ralph, That is an excellent "wall hanger" as is. I used to have a T Barker double barrel shotgun years ago. I used it when us young guys used to go to Virginia City, Montana for "Sharps Buffalo Shoots." I wish I still had that 16 pound Sharps bonified Montana buffalo gun and that 16 gauge T Barker sawed off shotgun. It's amazing what a dad can do when faced with paying for our kids' college. This was me shooting the 45-2-7/8" Sharps at a life size iron buffalo at 1,000 yards. I used the T Barker shotgun when a bunch of us went uptown Virginia City about 11:30 to catch the noontime crowd for the shoot out in the street with black powder blanks. Here us "vigilantes" "got" our laughing "outlaw." Our outlaw was a deputy sheriff from Kalispell! Gary😉
  8. I eat avocado and anchovies, but someone else can have my dill pickles. I'll eat them, but I sure don't crave dill pickles like my wife does. Would anyone eat any of the foods above, or are they reserved for pregnant women? Gary🙃
  9. MT Matt, Your family has a rich history of military service too. Thank YOU for your service. I'm quite sure your dad met my brother? Bill was in 37 years and ended up and Assistant Adjutant General of Montana. And, I'd bet he crossed paths with Mike too? After Mike's three years in the US Army as a Huey and OH58 helicopter crew chief, he joined the Montana Army National Guard, came home to Missoula for four years, for his degree and attend ROTC, earning his Lieutenant bars. He was was a platoon leader in the Missoula NG unit and had the top tank unit in Montana while in that outfit. Then he wanted full time and applied for a position at Fort Harrison near Helena. Mike finished out his 39 years there, just retiring this past spring. This was Colonel Bill who swore Mike in under oath, and Randy helped Sharon Pin on his bars. Afterward, Bill, Randy, and Kirby Underdahl pose for the camera. SFC, Kirby gave Mike his first salute. Mike gave Kirby a silver dollar; as per tradition. PS: In haste Kirby had to borrow the shirt from one of his people. Randy as a Montana Highway Patrol officer, Mike, Mike's wife Pam and brother Bill. I forget the special occasion it was at Mike's warehouse he operated early in his Fort Harrison career, before going to the CSMS shop. I'm sure those flower petals at his feet have a distinct meaning! Gary😉
  10. Just a bunch of my photos I'm putting on for our remembrance of Veteran's Day. When I was younger, it was termed Armistice Day, for the end of WWI. It was later decided that it should be to honor EVERY American Veteran. So I thank each and every one of you Veterans for your service to America and the rest of the world we've gone to help liberate from tyranny. Most of this junk at first is WWI. This is a 25 hp Reeves cross compound Canadian Special engine pulling Bath and Laundry equipment for soldiers during WWI This is a 25 hp Advance Rumely Universal offering the same services as above. America's first tank. The Spirit Of America, a steam powered tank. It could burn crankcase draining's for the fire. I'd hate to be it's "water monkey" on the battlefield though. Maybe motor pool soldiers with their 75 hp Holt Caterpillars. A 75 holt is pulling a massive cannon in this broken glass plate negative photo in France. A 75 Holt Caterpillar pulls a huge cannon in Europe during WWI Another one pulling a huge cannon in Europe. Pulling supply wagons with a 120 Holt crawler. A 120 Holt in trouble in France. It seems to be abandoned. Just like with a modern tractor in America, they'll try to do something they shouldn't have, as it won't do it? Maybe it just ran out of gas? I don't know if Henry Ford produced any of these for the US Army or whether this is as far as the test went? A 5-Ton Holt in Europe. Neat (likely?) 1917 Model T Ford Town Car at right. A 10-Ton Holt in Europe. Five Ton Holts pulling troops to (or from?) the battle trenches. A Model T Ford of European manufacture rail cars hauling cannon bullets in France. WWI troops in a trench. A WWI poster for in America. A couple of "tree Stump" outlooks and snipers on the battlefield. A Mack truck hauls a small tank in Europe. Rifle training with the Browning Automatic Rifle. I used to pack one of them. They were fun to shoot, but with the bipod and a loaded magazine, they weighed 16 pounds. That got old. But they were one heck of a weapon. A European steam engine is in a "Oopsie" spot too. Another engine is fixin' to pull him out. A WWI Allis Chalmers "Half Track." And even the 40-80 Avery farm tractors got in on the action in Europe. A WWI Trench Dagger with a triangular shaped blade, that I used to own. My uncle George Yaeger (right) is shown at Fort Lewis, Washington with two other trainees. I see they were issued Krag-Jorganson 30-40 caliber rifles. This old Doughboy has been claimed to have some of my family genes. Montana's Jeanette Rankin is the only U.S. House of Representatives member to cast a dissenting vote on BOTH WWI AND WWII. She's considered a hero by some here in Montana. Especially women! (no comment) A 3-Ton U.S. tank An opened driver's hatch on a 3-Ton tank. The driver's hatch closed on the 3-Ton Tank. Two Model T Ford automobile engines were the power plants for the 3-Ton U.S. Tank. I took this photo of my bunk mate David Plovanic (also a Lewistownite) on a Sunday afternoon at Fort Knox, Kentucky's Patton Museum of mostly armor. I understand this old wooden structure was replaced with a more modern museum. They also have the sedan that Patton was killed in, inside. A WWI JNI "Jenny" biplane with its mounted gun and its OX-5 V-8 water cooled engine, getting fueled by a Model TT Ford fuel truck. I took this at the Helena Airport of their WWI OX-5 V-8 water cooled aircraft engine used in many planes, but the WWI Jenny was their source, from WWI. I have an antique photo somewhere I couldn't bring up, of one of these Model T Ford aircraft engine starting vehicles. But, you get the idea! I had to edit and place this P-38 Lightening here. They helped even the field in the skies some, with the P-51 and others that could catch German aircraft and be devastating to them. My wife's uncle (Captain at that time) Wayne Simpson was given a commendation from his commander. The wing cameras picked up his strafing a German ammunition supply train from the rear and firing on it. He did a "U" and returned, firing the cannon and punching a hole in the boiler of the locomotive, steam spewing out. He also flew the Martin Marauder. He told me, "They were both 'hot rods' airplanes!" 1st LT (later Captain) Audie Murphy, the Greatest Generation's most decorated soldier, WWII. I loved his movie acting as well, after the war. General Dwight D. Eisenhower eats lunch in Korea with US troops during the Korean War. I hope that guy at the right doesn't "barf" in front of Ike. Vietnam still haunts me. Those guys (you guys) weren't appreciated for their service to America or Vietnam. My heart goes out to those Veterans and the poor welcome home they got. (I could say a lot more, but I don't want to get shut down on Red Power.) President Lynden B. Johnson's wife, Lady Bird Johnson's family owned the Bell Helicopter Corporation, and built the Huey UH1 and other variants used in Vietnam. Those pilots had guts! Son Mike, LTC in Afghanistan 2008. Grandson Maverik at right at Basra, Iraq. I think a lot of us know what this old girl is! Maw Deuce Browning M-2, .50 caliber machine gun. Again, my deepest heartfelt thanks to each one of you veterans whether you sat at a typewriter, drove a jeep, flew or crewed a helicopter, a jet aircraft or were on the front lines of battle. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Old Binder Guy or Gary
  11. Howard_P, This must be one of the last styles of AutoBuggy that IHC built? With that gas tank cover behind what might look like a radiator, but isn't. A friend took these photos of me in his AutoBuggy. Gary😉
  12. That is a European engine, so I'd bet they hadn't heard about the Kromer Kloth Kap with polka dots yet? I don't know about their steam locomotive engineers? Whether they wear the striped caps the American steam locomotive engineers used to wear or not? I doubt the European traction engines wear poky dots in yellow or not? Maybe they do, as I found this yellow polka dot cap on the internet. But the real revealing thing was this history for red polka dot caps for steam locomotive engineers. I guess those stripped ones don't belong anywhere. But those who run steam locomotives and wear them, that's okay. I'm sure Roger doesn't have a red polka dot cap to wear when operating steam locomotives? So we should give him a pass. Don't you think? Gary😉
  13. Thank you Owen. I've not been around those two engines for about 40 years. Since I can't remember what I had for breakfast or what I did yesterday, I'm having trouble remembering this info too. Thank you for priming my Brane! Gary🙃
  14. twostepn2001, I knew Oldsmobile built trucks in the teens, but I sure never knew they built them up until 1939! Thank you for posting it. This puts the steering on the correct side! Here's a 1920 Oldsmobile truck in a museum. I have several pieces of original literature about Oldsmobile trucks. This is the most famous Oldsmobile "Truck" out there. But it's not really a truck. It's a "chopped touring car." They removed the rear seat and put a box back there. That was a very common practice in the olden days before commercial pickups were available. This is a Chevrolet chopped touring car. They must be driving to town to find another tire? And this is a 1913 Model T Ford chopped touring car. As a matter of fact, my brother and I had a 1913 Model T chopped touring car. When my brother was part owner and News Director of KXLO Radio station in Lewistown, he had me bring it to Lewistown for a fair parade. I parked at KXLO and he took this photo of it. (Edit: I just noticed a house up on the hill underneath the Model T top... That house was Johnny Bourke's home at that time. (Bourke Motor & Implement Co. that I worked for years later. John later sold this house and bought a place up Spring Creek.) (Edit II: this very night of the Fair parade, they had another parade of old cars that were in the parade. I finally got to light the carbide (PrestoLite) headlights and kerosene side and tail lamps to drive in that parade!) Henry Ford is given credit for building the first commercially available "pickup." In 1925, he offered this pickup box to be interchangeable with the "turtle deck" or "trunk" of a Model T Roadster. The pickup could be converted back to a roadster car with about four bolts. (Maybe more?) Now while Henry Ford was treated with all of the glamour of producing the first commercial "pickup," it's almost bordering on blasphemy! International Harvester Company produced their first commercial "truck" (more of a pickup?) in 1907. Our very own Roger Byrne even has this 1912 IHC AutoWagon he's giving DeeAnn a ride in, and if that isn't a "pickup box" I'll eat my hat! (Not literally!) And the beauty of Roger's AutoWagon is, it can be turned into a "touring car" by dropping in the seat that came with it. When Roger (actually, I'll be dealing with DeeAnn) finally wills me this AutoWagon, I want the seat with it. Even if it doesn't come with a load of watermelons. And International Harvester was building automobiles at that time too. This is a ca. 1908 IHC AutoBuggy here in Helena, Montana a few years back. I just recently found this "Hardtail" Harley Davidson tie clasp I bought back in 1957 or 58, when I had my Harley 74. I had to pose it and take a picture for our Hardtail! My 1953 Harley Davidson 74 "hardtail" motorcycle. And I couldn't resist putting this on here. I've had it on my Facebook page, after borrowing it from someone there. But I'll bet some of you guys can relate? Gary🙃😉😁
  15. jeeper61, I've climbed over both of the fireless locomotives they used inside the creosote area of the GNRY railroad tie plant at Somers, Montana. When GNRY shifted to concrete ties, the plant closed and equipment was sold off. The other smaller fireless locomotive is near Kalispell, Montana, or it was the last time I was through there. There was a "mother steam boiler" outside that made steam. These engines "boiler" (water tank that was built to take high pressure) was filled to some level (unknown to me) with water. It was transferred to these fireless locomotives in a "Siamese connection" that heated the water which somehow generated its own steam for a while, until it needed hooked up to the boiler again for a fresh charge of steam. The creosote area could be "explosive" with fire inside at times, so these engines were used for that purpose. It blew my mind hearing how long these fireless engines could operate on a charge of steam, and I can't remember the exact time, but it seems like it was nearly 6 hours. I was told that the hot water somehow helped the steam generate more. I'm sorry I can't explain it anymore than that, jeeper61. If someone else here knows further information, I'd love to learn it here too! I'd not be offended at all if someone really expounded on this subject. Gary😉
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