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  1. ray54, Thank you for that information! I've sat and watched the VHS tapes of the Campbell operation at the Montana Historical Society, several years ago. You had to watch it in their quarters. It couldn't be checked out. I said, that would be an awesome thing to sell (by then DVD's) of the operation, but the lady in charge at that time would not hear to that. I said, you could make money selling DVD's of it. She didn't care. She retired a couple of years ago. I don't know if this YouTube is on the dark side of things, or whether the MHS decided to put it out there? I was especially impressed with that video when the 110 hp Case steam engine caught the straw stack on fire. The engineer pulled it ahead, (maybe ran over the belt??) and hooked the engine up to a log chain they'd had attached to the threshing machine before the fire, saving the separator. I'll have to go watch that! Thanks, Ray! Gary😀
  2. No, 12_Guy, I won't be going to Rollag. I was there in 2005 with a couple of steam friends. I can't leave my wife alone like that anymore, with her dementia. Last September, son Mike and I went to Andover, South Dakota to see the unveiling of the 150 hp Case. She "loses it" over my being gone. I called home the first night and I told her who I was. She accepted that. Mike got on the phone and she said she didn't know him (her son). She had a spell last night and couldn't remember my middle name. You'll be impressed with the 150 Case though. We sure were. This photo is of myself, Kory Anderson and Chady Atteberry. This is me visiting with Colin Beamish and his dad, Jack (out of sight), on the 150. A picture of the 150 Case pulling a 24-bottom plow, effortlessly. Gary😉
  3. I want to tell all of you guys who follow this ridiculous thread, there is no limit to the amount of typing paper you can use up, posting here. I've written stuff that nobody cared about. My next session, I just go on from there to some other subject. This page has more "paper" to waste on us old duffers than we can count. Just like my camera has more pictures than I can download in one evening, due to "lots of film, and lots more left." This page started out with me posting the IH Tractors on our Montana Farm. The trouble is, Palouse joined in with his IH tractor and combine photos. Then this just grew like a cancerous love letter! Then Anson put two and two together and deduced that 20 Reeves Highwheeler (on SmokStak.com) and Old Binder Guy were the same ghost writers! I guess one of these days I'll probably tip over and check out, but until that day comes we have more paper to waste! I still like IH Tractors on a Montana Farm though! These were April 25th, 2019. Gary😉
  4. mike_newman...Thanks for those kind words about Montana. When I was a kid, we seemed so removed from the rest of the states, and the world. Not much of anything was ever manufactured here. Just farmland as far as the eye could see, in so many parts of the state. In much of Montana, you can't even see a mountain in the distance. We used to have lots of fine old iron here. Since we have such low humidity, we don't have the "cancerous" rusting problems with equipment that was fence cornered. I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the huge old steam engines that left Montana after the $money$ in the east started buying and hauling. (Now I will admit that some of those engines rotted from the inside out, if they were operated on a more alkaline water.) I've been into Model T Fords and would have been into more expensive cars if I'd had money at a younger time. The only way they'd (Model T's) rust out is if the cotton (Anson!) had rotted out of the seats and fallen down alongside the wooden frame and outside tin on those old flivvers. When that got wet and held the moisture, they would rot through. But very few of those did and fewer are left now. I had an old steam friend, L.L. "Slim Rennewanz," who had been military and a pilot before WWII got going. He was an early CBI (China, Burma, India) pilot also. He was so experienced, that when the war was really heating up, they made him a flight instructor. One comment I remember specifically about his instruction to new pilots was, "There's 'rocks' in those *#%&@$ clouds..." I appreciate your father appreciating us (U.S.) also. Winning WWII was a team effort! In the past twenty years, the population of Montana (The Last Best Place) has nearly doubled, from outsiders (mainly California) moving in and enjoying the more solitude than they were used to. Of course, to us who have been here all along, we see them californicating our state. They still bring their political ideas with them and start by running for school boards and city councils, looking for bigger and better political jobs. It's too late to stop this trend. I've put in a lot of January's in Montana. I have no problem with cold. I have the clothing to protect me from the cold. And like I've said here before, you can only take off so many clothes without getting arrested! However, the morals of the US of A are deteriorating fast enough, that in some big cities, you won't get arrested. Many Montanan's migrate to Arizona each winter and come back each spring. They make quite a parade passing through Helena on Interstate 15. Since they often get into the 90's (F) in winter months down there, I have no desire to go away to Arizona. The 90's (F) here in summer is too hot for me. I'm so glad you got to visit the Charlie Russell Museum! I've had a warm spot for him all of my life. He preserved the tail end of the Old West that he saw and was able to preserve it for the world, through his eyes and paint brushes. I'd often thought that Charlie likely visited my Grandpa Jäger on Beaver Creek, as he was the only white settler there for a year or so. He was on a direct trail between Utica, where he was the cowboy, and Cottonwood & Lewistown, where he liked to party. My oldest relative told me (her dad was the oldest son of my dad's siblings) Charlie stopped and visited with "all" people along the way. Her McMillan grandpa and her Yaeger grandpa were included. Teddy Blue Abbott and Charlie Russell, in this photo, were two real cowboys (actually Teddy Blue came up the Texas Trail with cattle, to central Montana) that loved Lewistown and often met there. They're both easy to Google! They both loved to party and spend their hard earned money in a saloon. This is a picture of Teddy Blue Abbott and Martha Canary, better known as Calamity Jane shown with Teddy Blue at a saloon in Gilt Edge, (central) Montana, where they traded hats. (she's easy to Google too!) This is one of my more favorite Charlie Russell paintings, since Grandpa Jäger worked the steamboats from St. Louis to Fort Benton, Montana Territory on the upper Missouri River. Indians watching the "fire canoe." I love our "old west" history that has hung on so many decades, even if it is fading fast too. It's nice visiting with a "foreigner" who knows so much about our "backyard." Thanks for your kind words, Mike! Gary😉 "I am a 1942 Model.......you just never know when the Grim Rea......oh never mind." Well, Anson and I are 1943 models. We're trying to put off the Grim Rea.... never mind" too.
  5. Fred B and MT Matt, I can usually tell an M from an H, when I see the tractors standing. That one was just "naked" enough and the angle down to the gas tank threw me a curve. You both had good pointers to remember. It isn't like I haven't spent hundreds of hours on each of those tractors. Sometimes my head doesn't work real well at times. I appreciate your working with me on their issues. I'm a long way from knowing it all. But, I do like to present things that people discuss here. I think Anson was insinuating that about himself, earlier, as far as not being able to remember things we should? Gary😯 PS: we do have these two IH Tractors on a Montana Farm.
  6. We have whitetail and mule deer in the vicinity of Silver Creek. Mike has his eye on a nice whitetail buck. We have only a bow & arrow or black powder season on the creek. So he'll have his flintlock ready to shoot, except for the hammer back, when season arrives. mike_newman, I agree with MT Matt. Your country looks a lot like parts of Montana. These first four are parts of Glacier National Park, Montana. This is the Mission Mountain Range, south of the Flathead Valley, in Western Montana. This is a picture of the Mission Mountains from Ronan, Montana. These are the Crazy Mountains in south central Montana, near Big Timber. This is a small portion of the Beartooth Mountains, near Cooke City Montana and near Yellowstone National Park. This is our son Mike and wife Pam on top of Big Sky, Montana's tallest ski mountain in summer. It is near Yellowstone National Park too. I'm assuming your IH Crawler is a TD-9, 91 Series? It looks like a nice outfit and reminds me of the TD18A 181 Series I had, only smaller. What is your "black oats." We have a black colored oats here in Montana, called "Wild Oats." We have sprayed it to kill it, if it is in a crop. Otherwise we can kill it with cultivation. Some IHC Photos from Facebook. This first one shows a Farmall M, I think? It could be a Farmall H on the International Harvester assembly line (in Chicago?). I don't fully understand the front wheels and axle on this Farmall H, that's stuck pretty well in the mud. These are French IH tractors. A US Mailman's Farmall A with cab for delivering in difficult weather, maybe? I doubt he had a DUI? Another US Mailman delivering mail with his Farmall A, with a less stylish cab. A McCormick-Deering Model 20 TracTracTor Crawler. It has some non original parts to it. The steering clutches always fascinated me with these Model 20's. I took this photo of Randy on Mike's Farmall M, Toot, pulling the McCormick binder two days ago, over the McCormick hay rake. And patiently awaiting its moment in the sun when we thresh, is 1939 Farmall H, Annie. We'll hitch it to the water tank wagon. Oh yeah, and Annie and Toot are both IH Tractors on a Montana Farm. And last but not least is this International Harvester Six Speed Special lineman's truck from a few years back. Gary😉
  7. Chuck was my Facebook friend and always enjoyed his intimate knowledge of farm equipment. I have several of his books and use them for reference frequently. It's always sad when an old timer passes away. It can be just like a library burning to the ground. Rest in Peace, Sir.
  8. Matt, since you're in the "hay selling" business, I'd have done the same thing. The elk are notorious culprits around oats. Gary😉
  9. MT Matt, it was great getting to meet you at St. Regis. And you are a real gentleman, kind and giving too! I like your "selfie" better than mine. I'll look forward to seeing you soon! Some photos of today's events. Randy was running Mike's Farmall M and I was on the binder. Cutting oats and removing it from the field, so the Elk can't get it. They were back again last night. Note their damage in the foreground. We all three took turns running the binder. This is the old guy running it. Randy and his Farmall A pulling his new bundle wagon. Mike is putting Randy's bundle wagon into the shed with his 300 Utility. I guess we had some IH Tractors on a Montana Farm operating there today. Gary😉
  10. Well, I'm back! We met family in Coeur d'Alene Idaho from the Seattle and Spokane areas. Had a great time and got to see the Great Grandson again! On the way over, we stopped to gas up at St. Regis, Montana... Home of MT Matt! We met at the main hangout in St. Regis and ate, while Matt visited with us. He brought those two IH moldboard shears for our Little Genius two bottom plow. I will need to modify them to fit holes, but they are WAY more than I had to start with. Me and Matt out in the rain, selfie! The shears Matt gave us! I will need to remodel the holes that hold these shears onto the moldboards of the Little Genius plow, but I had to set them on there and take a picture! I took two photos of the oats crop. One from Mike's house... And another on the east end of the field. The Elk have returned and raised some havoc, so we are going to bind the crop tomorrow. Mike hauled Randy's 1945 IH Farmall A out today. Randy will pull his "new" bundle wagon with "Aimee," when threshing. Randy told me an interesting thing about his Farmall A. He has the original bill of sale, where two horses and $200 purchased it. And... Interestingly, it came with a disclaimer from International Harvester. From the US Government, it stated the tires were not quality and the tractor should not be driven over 5 mph! And also due to WWII the wiring harness contained aluminum wiring, not copper. We pulled the McCormick-Deering threshing machine out of the shed and out to the "threshing set." Mike backs up with the IH 300 Utility, when "planting" the threshing machine into the wheel divots. The Divots level the machine, and the wheels in those holes keep it from pulling forward, when the steam engine backs the belt into it. And I probably should add that the 300 Utility and the Farmall A are both IH Tractors on a Montana Farm. Gary😉
  11. I forgot to mention when I posted about the Lincoln northeast complex fire... Ted Kaczynski's cabin would have been "northeast of Lincoln, Montana" just about below that Sikorsky Helicopter at the left of the neighbor's shed, only near the Continental Divide. Lincoln's claim to fame. Gary😥
  12. I had to grab a photo of my two Great Granddogs yesterday in our son's shop. I've seen these two when I thought they were trying to kill each other. Princess (caramel color) is old, like me. Kaiser was younger then. He was probably trying to develop his instincts of a German Shepard? He's about 2 years old now. Anyway, I had to post this photo. They love coming to the shop, as they know there is a sandwich in my lunch bag, and they each get a good bite of it. OBG😉
  13. 12_Guy, Thanks for posting the Rushville photos. It's a neat show. They have some great and rare engines there. I especially like the picture of 25 hp Reeves cross compound Canadian Special #8030. I've followed that engine for about 40 years, when it lived in Oklahoma. My late Reeves "encyclopedic" friend Lyle Hoffmaster ran it in Oklahoma in a pulling contest between it and a D-6 Cat. Lyle told me, that when the Reeves stopped pulling, "the Cat had dirt running over the armrests." I understand from Bill Stahl at the Reeves heritage center that they had to take the stunning stainless steel jacketing off of the boiler to keep it certified, using the ultrasound. Bill owns the old Gaar Scott portable engine beside that "T-boiler" A. Gaar portable you posted. That old A. Gaar engine is a national treasure, imho. One engine you left out was Don Atzinger's 16 hp Reeves Highwheeler. There are three of them left and Don's is the primo one of the three. This is Don's daughter Joy Atzinger (now married, and it escapes me?) on the Highwheeler. I've always had an affinity for the Reeves Highwheelers. Our family had this 20 hp Reeves Highwheeler that my dad is shown firing, threshing. I used to play on it. None exist any longer. For Roger to enlighten us, here are a couple of 1924 IHC trucks. A beautifully restored one... And one that is original with typical upkeep work done to it. Courtesy my facebook friend, Sam Moore. This T-20 McCormick-Deering pulling an orchard sprayer reminded me of Troy Vetch's "new" T-20. And I used to have one as well. Last but not least are the IHC Farmall F-12 and McCormick-Deering TD-40 TracTracTor beside the 1925 Model TT. Those tractors are both IH Tractors on a Montana Farm. Gary😉
  14. Hey, Urs, Thanks for putting the video on of the 75 hp Case threshing. That's neat. And those IH Tractors from a Canadian Farm! Roger... was it turning a little fast? I don't do youtube, so I can't put steam engines on from today. I guess that's what I like about Facebook. If it moves, I add it! Yesterday a friend and I were having coffee and noticed smoke from the Lincoln northeast complex fire, very visible from Silver Creek today. They had slurry bombers going yesterday. This is not the same fire, but different from the one last week that was completely visible from Helena. This is a brand new one. With the summer heat we get dry lightening, and I think that what started this last fire? This was different smoke on Silver Creek, this morning. An engineer in his cap waiting for pressure to build. This wasn't yesterday. This was a demonstration of the DC-10 dumping 10,000 gallons of water near the Helena airport a couple years ago. You'll also notice the head of Helena's "Sleeping Giant" in the background. This is the current DC-10 taking on 10,000 gallons of slurry at the Helena Airport. It is a 20 minute turnaround for this plane. Helena invested in this setup to furnish slurry for fire bombers. It's brand new. It used to take much longer to fill the dump tank. This was the fire about 11:AM this morning from Silver Creek. This was the DC-10 headed back for another tankful, and flying over Silver Creek. This was around noon. The wind was trying to pick up. This was the Lincoln northeast complex fire smoking and the 15 hp Case also smoking at the wood pile about 1:PM. It's small, but I saw this Sikorsky Sky Crane coming to fill it's bucket out of Silver Creek, about a mile above Mike's place this morning. I wish I could show the video I also took at this time when the wind came up and the fire blew up. I took this off of the Case as the fire was blowing up with the strong wind. The old Continental Divide is getting well denuded, west of Mike's place. And I had to take a picture of the Case's "instrument panel." Gary😉
  15. I rolled up and picked up the hoses we use for irrigating oats today at Silver Creek. Mike got home from his three week Tennessee military school about 10:PM Monday night. He called last night after work and supper. He'd ridden around the oats patch on his 4-wheeler. He told me about some telltale sign he found on the upper side. These aren't "black olives" on the edge of the oat field. I know some of you have elk in your areas and some of you don't. Silver Creek has a roaming herd. They cover about a 20 mile circle, around the neighborhood. I know Matt has the same issue in his part of Montana. I spent much of the afternoon in 90 degree heat and 10% humidity working on the Case steam engine. I'm trying to take some minute slack out of the valve mechanism. I finally just quit and came home at 5:00. I dropped everything when in the house and took a cool shower. That kind of heat just about melts me. I've tried to understand why so many people in Montana (and Canadians go through here with their motorhomes too) go to Arizona for the winter. The winter is my chance to cool off. I wear necessary clothing to stay warm. The sad part with this unbearable heat is, you can only take off about so much without getting arrested. Gary😉
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