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  1. Jeeper61, It's hard to tell, At first I thought maybe it was an Allis Chalmers because of the color, but looking at the shape of the hood curve, I think it is a D-7 Caterpillar? I've been known to be mistaken though. Seldom wrong, but often mistaken. Gary😉
  2. Yesterday afternoon, I had this post over half done, when Windows locked up my computer. All I could do is shut it off with the start button. When I got the computer straightened out later, I came here and my post was gone. So this morning, I came back here and was going to do all of the below all over again. Thank goodness, it kept everything I'd done to that point. But my photos that weren't posted disappeared. Thank goodness, this has taken only about 45 minutes to complete my post this morning. WHEW!!! I know... I need to get a life. More stuff from Facebook, pretty much. This old gentleman is holding his "grain cradle" for cutting his crop. They learned to swing this in a wide arc cutting (wheat) grain, then dumping the cradle's collection of cut grain where it would be in a pile and later tied with green straw. I was very blessed by one old friend of the family, dad's school mate, actually. When he retired from farming, he had an auction sale scheduled. I went down several days to help him get his shop cleaned out and into buckets and boxes for the hayrack on sale day. (I had an ulterior motive too! I wanted to know which boxes and buckets of his oodles of antiques goodies were placed too.) He gave me this grain cradle of his father's. His father and Grandpa Yaeger were "homesteader" next door neighbors back then. Better yet, Paul said, "Just a minute I'll be right back." He was gone about 20 minutes while I kept filling buckets and boxes. He went to the house and crawled up into his attic with a flashlight. When Grandma Yaeger got her 16 tube Midwest short wave radio about ca. 1930, Paul Keller got Grandma's old Atwater Kent radio. This is my late brother Bill with that Midwest radio. Paul came with this Atwater Kent Model 10 "Breadboard" AM radio in his arms. He was gone longer because he couldn't find the shoe box with the O1A tubes. I was elated to get this back. I'd heard about the "breadboard" radio, but had never known what it looked like. Years later, I bought an old Atwater Kent later model enclosed radio, but it had all five of the O1A tubes, for $50. I later sold that radio for $50 (without the tubes)! This is the Breadboard Dad and his brothers bought Grandma in 1923. I have it all wired in at Silver Creek and it works like a champ. Insulators on fence posts with a 100' antenna too. So much for Grain Cradle talk. How about potato diggers? And how about A grass and clover seeder from way back? I've not ever seen anything like this. I've seen these "rock Johnnies" on my uncle's ranch. I'd wondered if Indians had done them? They always said sheep herders did them. I'd wondered if it marked where a watering hole, etc. was or were they just bored? This gravel pit owner in North Dakota was very kind to this old house in his gravel pit. All a guy needs to be in his own home is a nice ladder? A Work Horses: Farmer mining his own coal out of a vein. If this photo is a repeat from my last bunch of photos I posted, just enjoy it. I remember getting to ride on our hay rack bobsled in the winter 1947 before they sold the last of our workhorses. Horses and wagons at the grain elevator in Lankin, North Dakota. I've never seen a stairway on the outside of a grain elevator. The ones I'm familiar with have a rope, counter balance "lift." Teams and buggies in winter in North Dakota. A gentleman farmer in North Dakota had all sorts of nice photos on his page. (almost like going to my page!) For me to steal! He still has his father's 20-40 1915 Case gas tractor shown here threshing for a neighbor years ago. Threshing on their own place with the 20-40 Case. His father owned this ca 1925 Model T Ford Coupe that he is fixing a tire along a country road in North Dakota. Roger, those have to be aftermarket six bolt wheels? Some time later, the same ca 1925 Model T Ford Coupe. His father was sitting inside the car and holding the steering wheel in his hand after the crash. His father owned this McCormick-Deering Farmall F-12. And this son still owns it. The gentleman who owns it is driving the F-12 and his older brother is operating the binder. Here his father is harvesting corn. Maybe not like they harvest corn today?? This is a photo of his Farmall F-12 now with the corn planter on back. His F-12 has a muffler. This was a farmer's meeting in North Dakota. A fella could retire if he had those automobiles in his possession! A Studebaker truck is hauling new Studebaker Champion automobiles. I just stole this photo this morning. It is an earlier 9 hp Case portable steam engine. The taller smokestack is the identifier. Son Mike and I used to operate this 9 hp Case at the Barnes Steam and Power Show at Belgrade, Montana in the late 1980's and early 1990s. We sawed a "day's worth" of lodgepole pine logs for firewood for the other steam engines operating there. Since I had it in my files, this is an early 9 hp Case steam traction engine with a tall smokestack. These are a fun little engine to operate. It is the smallest Case engine built in the later "spring mounted" type. I was blessed to get to help operate the late Justin J. Hingtgen's 9 hp (30) Case at Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1958 with my lifetime friend Dean Bellinger. This is a Geiser Peerless (TT??) engine threshing with a slat stacker machine in Kansas. I was baffled by the tripod and not used to seeing these. The thresher men in Oregon and Washington did something like this to tip the barges of cut grain at the threshing machine due to Header and Barge threshing. This is a Geiser Peerless Z-Z engine stack threshing. These Z-Z's and Z-3 Peerless engines had a coal bin under the operator's platform about the size of a shoe box. I've yet to find a photo of one that doesn't have a home made coal or fuel platform behind the engine's deck. He's burning coal in it too! This is a Huber return flue engine with an aftermarket spark arrestor pulling a Minneapolis threshing machine probably heading out for the threshing season. Roger, I had to do a double take. I'm used to seeing the later style of strap iron spoke Minneapolis threshing machine wheels. I got some IH Farmall M photos on Facebook last night. I'm not familiar with this type of a hay baler it's pulling in the hay field. It appears to have some kind (maybe two cylinder?) of Wisconsin air cooled engine? Is the baler a Case, or a New Holland? I sure don't know? It is a hand-wire tie baler though. An earlier IH Farmall M is pulling a rubber tire hayrack and a loose hay loader. I would think a wide front end under that M would be better for not driving on the windrow of hay? And I'm certainly not familiar with this small metal McCormick pull type combine with the sacking attachment. But, I'm sure familiar with sitting on the seat of an IH Farmall M! You corn (or cotton) guys need to tell me what crop is being planted here with this IH Farmall F-12. Another F-12 with a muffler on it. It's great to see two other McCormick-Deering Farmall F-12s with mufflers. That makes this F-12 with a muffler at home as an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm. Gary😁
  3. twostepn2001, Wow, that is so neat! Lotsa $bux though. The first ag sprayer I ever saw, in 1954 was a J-3 Piper cub with an up graded 85 hp (Lycoming? or Continental?) engine and a 20 gallon spray tank in the front seat. I remember he chopped the ends of his wings and made quarter inch plywood covers that were slightly larger than the fabric. There were "skinned off" places where it had scraped on power lines! He also put a fertilizer unit in the front seat of his WWII surplus Steerman biplane. He later mounted a bubble top on the pilot's seat. After fertilizing with it for some time, it got tail heavy. A few granules each fill up would get in that cockpit and roll to the back of the airplane. Pretty soon it got to where he could barely "trim it out." He opened an inspection plate at the rear and found that extra fertilizer resting back there. The reason for the bubble. This is one industry that has really blossomed in my lifetime. Gary😁
  4. Mac, I can handle it at times, after I get the AutoWagon here with the load of melons. I worry about Anson getting those melons though. He's getting old, I'm told.🙃 We may have to load the AutoWagon and the melons on Grandpa Frank's steamboat Benton to get it here? I hope they would let one of those shallow water packets head down to the Delta? Gary😁
  5. Mike H, If I lived closer, I'd maybe be interested, but Roger lives closer and likely knows someone who could use it? I do have quite a bit of 600W cylinder oil on hand at Silver Creek. I have what I'll call a lifetime supply. Now, son Mike may not have a lifetime supply? Gary😉
  6. 12_Guy I've "known" Bruce Babcock for decades, thanks to this computer and ones before this one.. He is one sharp individual. I've communicated with Jerry Christensen some too. You are quoting fine individuals. Gary😉
  7. Join the club, Art. I usually have my neck out a half mile and end up getting egg all over my face. But, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Gary🙃
  8. Art, I was reluctant about Weber. But Champion was purchased by International Harvester for their binders and farm equipment. Likely to eliminate competition, more than anything. Osborne was another IH eliminated. I know there were others that my old head can't recall from my IH partsman days. Eddies Corner. The first time I stopped there was in 1953, with the Tyler family when I was going to their home to stay for the weekend. The weekend Dad traded for the Nichols & Shepard steam engine! One thing I learned to love the Tyler Special. Earl Tyler often stopped off at Eddies Corner on his way back to Moore from the Tyler Farm. This was his thing. Buttered toast, Oyster Stew made from half & half with a big chunk of butter floating until it melted. (I didn't know anything about cholesterol back then!) This was back in 1973, when my late friend Scotty Zion Construction Company was moving the Kolin (Montana Elevator) was being moved to Moore, Montana. They stopped on the highway and went in to eat. They had flagmen out. I think that truck in the middle hauling the elevator mover beams was an IH R-220? After they left here, the next place was past the farm where my wife grew up. She went to work at Eddies Corner at age 14, as a waitress for .50¢ per hour. After school and weekend days. After school when I went to Moore High School, Eddies Corner was the gathering place many times. I'd like to have every dime and quarter (real silver) I put into their juke box and these remote gadgets. I have several different ones of these. This was the earliest model with Duke Bauman's name on it. He bought it in about 1950 and built the bar onto it. My wife's aunt and uncle had originally built Eddies Corner. Harry Edwards furnished the lumber from his sawmill, and Don Edwards furnished the labor. (hence, two Ed's made Eddies!) My wife's mother's sister, Aunt June Edwards (then) ran the cafe and kitchen. I still have several Thorsen Tools I bought at the Eddies Corner service Station. The Bauman's sold tool sets. I inherited my father inlaw's set of Thorsen 3/4" sockets and they live at Silver Creek, like this ratchet. My best friend at that time worked the weekend and night shifts there before he left for the US Navy. I often spent time there with him. (and bought tools.) They also sold go karts and had a paved track at Eddies Corner that was very popular for a while. I had two of their go karts. I still have this patch for my white coveralls from back then. In more recent years, Eddies Corner remodeled completely inside and outside. This photo is before the remodel, but shows semi's parked out on the area that used to be a go kart track, and inside eating. This is the "new" Eddies Corner. I stopped to gas up the Hyundai when down in the "old country" for a quick afternoon school reunion of Moore students in 2018. This photo was taken inside Eddies Corner within the past week. My old friend Bill Belden was there eating desert on his 101st birthday. Bills late wife, Roberta, was my General Science teacher at Moore, a few years back. Gary😁 PS: Art, I remember seeing a lot of US Air Force blue pickups, and trucks, and missile vehicles stopped at Eddies Corner over the years. Afterall, Lewistown, Montana where I was born is one of two cities with a Minute Man Missile on display. Cooperstown, North Dakota also has one on display.
  9. This child getting its bath in a washtub by the kitchen range, sucking its thumb struck a chord with me. This photo shows a fancy, huge barn on a homestead. I remember a few places like this in central Montana, where there were huge, beautiful barns and a plain little shack for a house. The man was looking out for his horses and livestock, plus needed to have a place for feed in tough winters. The houses never got upgraded, as they got into the Dirty Thirties and ended up leaving for the west coast. This one is in North Dakota. This is an early wagon and implement dealership in North Dakota. Some of them are teetering on being IHC implements. Weber and Champion? I know Champion. I thought this fellow had made quite a unique snowmobile, or moreso an "icemobile" made with an early Harley Davidson Motorcycle. I know Anson likes horses and mules, and they do pull wagons, etc. This is a mule pulled street car. I remember Dad taking me on the bobsled in 1947, the winter before they sold the last of their workhorses. This was feeding cattle in North Dakota. The loose hay had been hand pitched making the haystack. Then it was hand pitched out of the stack onto this bobsled. Then hand pitched to the cattle. The good ol' days. This bobsled is hauling a big log to the homestead. I'm sure it was cut and split for firewood? This is a modern photo of a friend's Geiser portable steam engine, but a nice pair of horses are hitched to it. Peter Paulson is stopped wit his sulky plow to pose for this picture with his five horse team. Maybe he dreamed of owning this new 30 hp Nichols & Shepard steam engine? Or he could see himself stack threshing with this Huber return flue engine. Of course he probably dreamed of a big threshing crew and good food at the cook car from these ladies? I'm sure he dreamed of someday owning his own tractor? Such as this IHC 10-20 Mogul. Or maybe even maybe an 18-36 Hart Parr as on this train. B Before he retired, he may have wanted an ID-9 McCormick with duals? This one is hauling slabs from a tie mill, maybe? He may have even dreamed of an IH 125 SPV combine with a cab? It's factory cab, but from Ford in 1925 for trucks, and not from International Harvester for combines. I think this is a TD-9 International pulling a Massey Harris drill in England. And the IH Granddaddy by 1950 was the IH TD-24. I'd bet a nickel that the truck under this "egg body" delivery truck was either a D-model or a K-model IH? I remember when I first started going to Eddies Corner and seeing "semi truck drivers" they looked something like this. They had a jacket and cap, maybe even pants for their uniform. Of course they had IH trucks parked outside. (Well, I remember Kenworth, Freight Liners, Macks, etc. setting out there as well.) Somebody spiffed up this IH R-190 in recent years. This photograph is a modern photo shoot, but I thought it looked great and quite realistic. Right down to the Brakeman or Conductor's gloves and cap. It was taken in color, but I'm kind of a black and white fanatic on old photos. And I have to put on IH Tractors on a Montana Farm. This was when Mike was having troubles with the old gasoline tank on Johnny, the 1935 IHC Farmall F-12 when haying. He has fixed this problem. It wa$n't cheap or a fa$t job, but it i$ fixed. He has that perplexed look when I took this photo. And the rest of the haying equipment are IH Tractors on a Montana Farm too. Pam had Jacob and Heather helping, since the hay is for Heather's two goats. Gary😁 Lucy and Ricky.
  10. Anson, It's funny you'd mention phones. I just bought a phone. It is a Motorola automobile phone. It won't work in a Model T, but will in newer vehicles with a cigarette lighter though. So it is pretty modern and up to date. Gary😉
  11. Mac, Those IH 150 Shovel Drills were very popular in our part of the country (central Montana) back 40 to 60 years ago. My late FIL is posing with the 4568 and the 1256 IH Tractors on a Montana Farm I think 41 years ago? They dug rows that were less susceptible to wind erosion and they would dig enough to put the seed and fertilizer down at the moisture level in our dryland farming. I know "seeding" has changed drastically since I left farming in 1981. As a newcomer as a poster here with our nonsense, it's good to have new blood in the game. Thanks for joining us old codgers. I think we've forgotten more than we ever knew, but it is still fun trying to recollect things, even if we are long over the hill. Gary😁
  12. Mac, the reason I bought that picture... I had a WD-9 just like that one. It had the same MacDonald cab and I pulled a pair of McCormick-Deering #5 rod weeders, just like them. And I didn't get my turn started quite soon enough when I approached the fence between us and neighbor Roger Long. I ran into the fence just like his. And that guy in that cab shocked me, as I looked just like that back then. I could call that drawing de ja vous. Gary😁
  13. I started early in Don Greytak's drawing career. I can't afford his drawings anymore. This first group of six are on Mike and Pam's living room wall. These are in our home. These I have in the shop at Silver Creek. Gary😉
  14. My sweet daughter (in-law) Pam, son Mike's wife, texted me that my new phone was there last Thursday. I went to the shop that day and later went over so she and Grandson Jacob could transfer my contacts to this new phone. Mike had watched me trying to answer the $20 BLU smart/TracFone I was using. Half of the time you couldn't answer the calls. I threw it across the living room one night too. Pam's old smart phone was just about kaput, at least in the battery. She wanted a new phone, so these fine kids of ours put me on their calling plan and she got a two for one cell phone, so you could sort of call mine "free?" It has cost them dearly to do this, but they are great people. That day I took this photo of some of my nicer cell phones I've collected. The Smart Phone on the end is my old $20 TracFone. I had my 27 year old Chevy Pickup out at the shop that day and we had plenty of snow, so I grabbed one of my old scoop shovels to throw in the back of the pickup for "just in case." I had my new IPhone13 by this time, so I put it into this photo. (I know, it's hard to tell the difference in appearance. But it all stops there.) I mostly have carried a cell phone for "dialing" 911, calling Sharon at home, or texting one of our kids or grandkids. At that first steam show I posted above on this same page #940, I had the Case steam engine near the shed I had at our Whitefish place. The day of the show, the club president had me back the steam engine over where it is setting next to the shed as in this photo. He dialed up his Motorola Mobile Cellular Telephone, and called KOFI Radio in Kalispell. He invited people to come to the show then he had me toot the engine's "whustle" (right, Anson?). I was very taken by that expen$ive piece of latest technology Nick had in his hand. I lusted over it! But I never got one when they were in vogue. However, this "junk shop junkie" stopped into Good Samaritan one day on my way to Silver Creek. Lo and behold, they had a Motorola "Brick" phone like Nicks. I never hesitated spending $10 there! Cellular Telephones can be quite handy. I had to carry one at Whitefish Schools when I was Maintenance Chief there for 20+ years. About half of the time I had a cell. I also had two way radios and beepers. It was during that time I bought Sharon and I each a TracFone "flip-phone." Cellular telephones were handy on steam engines too. I went to stay with the Byrne Bed and Breakfast in 2010. Friend Roger Byrne treated me like royalty. He even had a friend fire up his Port Huron 20 hp steam engine for us. Roger and I are on it here. Sharon called me from Montana and I had to answer the cell phone on the steam engine. Not quite "period" equipment, but a necessary thing. This was me in 1958, posing with that 40 hp Gaar Scott engine at Tyler's. Also on that same trip, I was so blessed to get to operate the former Tyler Brother's 40 hp Gaar Scott engine that friend Jerred Ruble had bought from Tylers, hauled to Iowa and restored it. I was asked to come because I'd ridden on it the last time it was steamed up in September 1956. A closer examination shows me talking on my cell phone, telling Jerred Ruble that we had his engine backed to the plow and ready for HIM to go plow with it. Thanks to my friend Roger, I have many photos of that trip of a lifetime in this computer. (and my photos are all saved on an external hard drive!) Cellphones have revolutionized the world. Good or bad. They are a computer, television, telephone and high quality camera in your shirt pocket. (Or wherever you carry yours.) My dear friend Don Greytak, Havre, Montana's world renowned pencil artist even shows how important for family members to be talking to the people they need to be talking to when driving across their ranch. The cowboy on the horse is talking on his cell phone too. This is a picture of me driving my McCormick-Deering Farmall F-12. It's an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm and NO, sadly, I'm not talking on a cell phone. I don't have a picture of me on an IH Tractor WITH a cell phone. I know I've talked from them, but no selfies I guess? Gary 🙃😉😉 Something I need to take care of next summer, I guess?
  15. Art, They are completely different animals. The Prony brake is an attempt at stopping the engine with a braking mechanism. I'm not sure how those guys read the scale to tell the horsepower, but they do. The Baker Fan is just a rotating fan on a shaft driven by a pulley. Abner Baker built it to break his engines in at the factory. They have four 2'X2' blades and I believe they were a total of 5' diameter of the turning circle. They had two different pulleys. One for gas tractors and one for steam engines. The theory behind it, the faster it turns, the more wind resistance it creates. That wind resistance puts the load on the engine. This is a picture of our Case on Doug McDougall's Baker Fan he built. This was our first show at our place at Whitefish, Montana. This was Austin Monk's 50 hp Case on the Baker fan. This photo was of the Baker fan when we took it to Belgrade, Montana for that steam show.
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