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  1. Troy, There wasn't another steam traction engine built with better "stack music" than comes out of an Advance smokestack! The next better is the Baker Uniflow. But Advance will be number one forever. And our Case might sound that good, but Case put on that green water heater that acts like a muffler. Gary😉
  2. Sorry, Sledgehammer, I got my wires crossed. This is in reply to Troy Vetsch. Troy and Roger were playing with gas tractors and steam engines again this weekend. I'm sure Troy or Roger will have other photos to post. I got these from Facebook from my friend Tom Olson who posted them on his page. This is Troy aboard the Budinski-Trelstad 12-25 Avery gas tractor. For some reason, Tom didn't get a photo of Troy on the Budinski-Trelstad Advance steamer. So this is a "file photo" of him from the past. There appears to be a steam locomotive engineer standing behind the engine. A gas tractor lineup. The Avery Troy was operating above. I remember this engine from being there at the Budinski-Trelstad farm. From my "file photos" this was Roger and me on the Port Huron a dozen years ago. Pastor Tom Olson at the throttle of the Budinski-Trelstad 25 hp Russell steam engine. Tom bought his first engine a couple of years ago and it was a 16 hp Russell, so I understand him being on this engine! I'm not sure what is wrong with this Russell engine that it is still in a shed? Maybe nothing is wrong? Tom took this photo of this memorabilia. I remember in the early 1950s wishing I could go to the Zumbro Valley Threshermen's show. Sadly I never made it (then). This photo of Tom's fascinated me too. The harness shed. Maybe Roger knows? Is this from the very early days of the Budinski farm, or is this equipment they used for the Zumbro Valley Threshermen's show? The John Deere D "Spoker" tractor! An IHC Tractor on a Minnesota Farm. The 10-20 Titan! Two McCormick-Deering tractors. Either 15-30 or 22-36 models. Friend Jeff Lund is on the 28 hp Minneapolis Canadian Special steam engine. Roger posing on the Minneapolis from my "file photos." (No comment on the cap) I'm ever so thankful for Roger to have taken me to meet Ron Trelstad and Bud Budinski a dozen years ago. Bud (under the flywheel) and his brothers were my early steam years heroes! I know these two gadgets cut corn. But this "non corn country" farm kid doesn't know the proper name for them. Ron Trelstad (white beard and bibs) must be gearing up to saw lumber with their sawmill. The real Ron Trelstad is posing with some of the things that help pay for steam oil and boiler inspections. I do have to say that Ron looks older than the last time I saw him. But he'd say the same thing for me! Gary😁
  3. Troy, Thank you so much for sending us these photos! You may or may or may not have realized you were "lighting this fuse?" Those engines are both from Eddies Corner (Moore), Montana. Those were both engines collected by my late steam mentor and friend, Charlie Tyler. The first time I went to Tyler's was the summer of 1954. I stayed over with my buddy Mike Tyler and heard Charlie working on his engines when we woke up the next morning. He had the Gaar Scott then. Charlie had a plan to thresh in the fall of 1956 with the Gaar Scott. He passed away in the spring of 1956. I was his last visitor, having been there and left a couple hours before his wife Laura found him dead. The Tyler Brothers, Max and Earl decided to have that threshing done in September in memory of their dad. Walter F. Mehmke was chosen as the Gaar Scott's engineer. He is shown here on the side tank. The coal bunker was full of us kids waiting to ride on it. This was my dad and uncle Charley visiting with Walter Mehmke about the Gaar Scott that September day in 1956. A friend took this photo of me in 1958 posing with the 40 hp Gaar Scott at Tylers. After the 1956 threshing day, this is the way the Gaar Scott looked at Tyler's until Jerred Ruble bought it, around a dozen years ago or more. Now the 30 hp Minneapolis double cylinder, double countershaft engine. It arrived at the Tyler Ranch about 1957. It had lived in a sawmill in Kalispell, Montana. Max Tyler spotted it and bought it. This photo is after they built water tanks for it. They aren't authentic, but I notice they are still on it! Our neighbor Herman Otten was a brother in-law of Reeves Agent, Ben Hollenback. Ben arranged a "sweet deal" for his brother in-law Herman Otten in 1914, ordering him 32-120 hp Reeves cross compound Canadian Special #7181. Hollenback "ate" his commission which paid for the freight on board (F.O.B.) Glengarry, Montana. Otten paid $3,200 for the engine, or $100 per horsepower. This is Otten plowing on land that became the "Lewistown Airport" during WWII, when his land was turned into runways for B-17 bombers that trained bomber crews at that base. My dad operated Herman Otten's 32-120 hp Reeves in 1930, when their engine was down for repairs. Uncle Frank And Herman were brothers in-law. Dad is shown standing on the platform of #7181. They always greased their Emerson disk plows when stopped for coal. One of their Model TT Ford Trucks is backed up to the bunker. The plows cut a swath 36' wide on flat land. #7181 was sold to Babe Lewis for his sawmill on the divide between Cottonwood and Beaver Creeks. After Charlie Tyler failed to buy the Pugsley Brother's 40-140 hp Reeves in northern Montana, since the Smolik Brothers were willing to pay close to what Pugsley's wanted for that engine, Charlie went up to Babe Lewis' sawmill and bought it. Charlie paid the exorbitant price (at that time) of $900 for #7181. Charlie never got to see his Reeves in operation. This is me in the summer of 1958 posing with #7181. The Tyler brothers were planning to plow with it. After School Started in 1958, I was now a sophomore at Moore High School. I found out the morning it was happening that Tyler's were going to plow that day with 32-120 hp Reeves #7181. So what would this kid do? I skipped school to go watch it plow. Mom was furious, because she had to drive to Moore and meet with the Principal. I noted a bit of pride in Dad's face when he found out about me and #7181. Carl and Walter Mehmke were the engineers of the Reeves this day. This was Max Tyler riding on the Reeves' tool box as Mehmke's plowed with it. When I arrived at Tyler's I realized something else was steamed up! From the same newspaper article as the above photo was this photo of my old friend and steam engineer from way back, Alva Stevens on the Tyler's 30 hp Minneapolis double cylinder, double countershaft engine, preparing to plow. When they finished plowing with the Reeves, they hooked the 30 hp Minneapolis double cylinder, double countershaft engine onto them and Alva plowed with it. Earl Tyler was steering for Alva as they plowed with the Big Snowy Mountains in the background. I looked at those Snowies from our farm every day, growing up until I left there in 1981. My friend Larry Hoffman took me with him to Tyler's when he bought their 20-70 Nichols & Shepard engine. His friend Jerry Hanley from Lewistown met us there and Larry took this photo of me and Jerry on the 30 Minneapolis a few years back. Their 22 hp undermounted Avery was still there behind the Minnie. Jerry and Larry (EDIT: This is Mike Tyler.) were checking out the Nichols & Shepard while Gary took the picture. Larry had me come to Butte, America for the first firing of his Nichols & Shepard. The traction engineer is wearing his cap for this job too. Getting the injector to put water into the boiler. The first thing I always check when getting enough pressure to operate it. I ALWAYS want to know that it has worked, or will work. I took Larry for a spin around his place at Butte. Larry's wife (at that time) took this photo of me on the engine there. I kind of like running steam engines. Gary🙃😉😁😁 PS: I guess when someone asks what time it is, I explain how to build a clock? Sorry I got so involved Troy.
  4. I'm going off subject again. This was my late big brother Bill YAEger who ended up as a Master Army Aviator, qualified in eight fixed and rotary wing aircraft and a Brigadier General, and me. Class of 1950 & 51 at the Glengarry, Montana one room country school. I was a second grader and Bill a 6th grader. PS: I've been asked all of my life if we were related to Brigadier General Chuck YEAger? Bill and Chuck were good friends. They met at a JFK News Conference in Washington DC. They were the ONLY TWO General Officers to ever get to keep their flying status while a general. The Pentagon has too much invested in Generals to allow them to still fly. We probably were related back in the "old country" but not cousins. Both names in the old country were "Jäger." I've always called Chuck, "Cousin Chuck." I informed "cousin" Chuck of Brother Bill's death from cancer 12 years ago. Chuck was very saddened to hear of Bill's passing. During WWII, Bill could identify every bomber or fighter plane that flew over our ranch in central Montana. When one of these B-36s flew over. Then another B-36 a few days later. This is a Life Magazine photo of a B-36 and a B-29. The B-36 has Jet Assist Take Off (JATO) helping those six rear facing prop jobs get the payload off of the ground. The most famous US Army Air Corps and USAF pilot to ever fly the B-36 was none other than Colonel Jimmy Stewart below. If you've never seen the movie, Strategic Air Command, General Jimmy Stewart actually flew the B-36 in that fabulous movie. I rented it a few years back, just for old times sake. Then a month or so later at the Glengarry School, one of these B-47 "jet airplanes" flew over. The first one jet I ever saw. I'm guessing these planes were headed to Malmstrom Air Force Base at Great Falls. Gary😉
  5. Art, This fits well with a story my late Brigadier General brother Bill (who was 1/4 Swiss, 1/4 German and all American!) told me, as told to him by an old WWII officer and aviator. There was a squadron of US airmen who were advised of a secret mission they were to fly and bomb. During their briefing, they were told that upon return to the British airfield, they would all be separated and shipped out to other areas and would never see each other again. They were given a designated target, a German munitions factory in forests in Switzerland. It was a night mission and the target was destroyed. Upon landing back in England, the bomber aviators were all flown to different bases from each other. The next day the USA diplomats profusely apologized for the "mistaken" target identity. Brother Bill almost felt like he was "talking out of school" as though this deliberate destruction could remain a secret and accident. From this video, it sounds like this sort of thing was quite prolific? Gary😉 PS: At least Grandma (Regli) Yaeger's hometown of Andermatt, Switzerland wasn't bombed.
  6. OLD Binder Guy did his exercise yesterday at Silver Creek. Mike usually has his cousin (my nephew) Randy there to saw firewood, when using the steam engine. But, I was his "Off Bearer" yesterday. Then I stacked firewood. My old carcass isn't used to this kind off labor anymore. But my doctor would be impressed that I finally got some exercise. But that was a while back. Yesterday, he used Toot his Farmall M, an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm. Mike un-belting when finished sawing firewood for the shop stove this winter. I happened to snap this photo of Mike's backside about a week ago as he was going to the shop. I had him pose like this. A shirt he picked up in Mexico a couple of years ago. Gary😁
  7. I've had a little affinity with DC-3s. This was my big brother arriving in Lewistown from Billings on a Western Airlines DC-3 about 1947. This was his first ride in an airplane. He later spent 37 years in military, was a Master Aviator of eight fixed wing and rotary wing US Army aircraft. He retired as a brigadier general. This was me at the Lewistown Airport waiting for my big brother to disembark the DC-3. This was the day I left the Lewistown Airport, my grandmother and mother. I flew on a DC-3 to Salt Lake. A turbo prop plane took me from there to Fort Ord, California. That DC-3 stopped at every "milk stop" and it was a horrible thing on my ears, being non-pressurized. Years earlier, Lewistown had another venture with this DC-3. Only us OLD duffers will remember the spooky movie, The Thing starring James Arness (as The Thing) which was filmed in Lewistown in 1951. The film makers needed a place with snow. Lewistown seldom ever lets a mild winter happen. The Indians in the Judith Basin called this area "AH-KI-NE-KUN-SCOO" or "hole of snow." This C-47 was a part of the WWII US Army's "First Special Service Force" here in Helena, Montana. The troops are going for a practice parachute jump. The movie, "Devil's Brigade" was produced about this First Special Force that trained at nearby Fort Harrison. They did winter snowshoe and skiing in the nearby mountains, practicing for their landing in Italy. This memorial sign is erected on Interstate 15 here at Helena, Montana. An ID-6 is a tug for a C-47. Keeping it somewhat International Harvester. This DC-3 shown with an International Harvester D-model service van in an old IH commercial. What are you going to do if you own one of the International Harvester service vans, my friend Gil Mangels at the Miracle of America Museum at Polson, Montana drove his to the Glacier Park International Airport near Kalispell, when they were having an airshow. You aren't supposed to notice that this is a B-17 bomber, but that was the best they could come up with at that time. Gary😁
  8. Mike, were you familiar with the British Fr47 Seafire fighter plane? A northwest Montana friend of mine has the only one airworthy that I'm aware of. There may be more. He invented the "flowmeter" and doesn't have to work anymore. He has a huge hangar full of old aircraft. He purchased this Seafire in a crate in storage in England. The plane has (I believe?) either a Halifax or a Lancaster bomber engine installed in a Spitfire airframe. It has counter rotating props, to keep it from flipping over when revving it on the ground. The counter rotating props give it a "mushy" sound, rather than the "crack sound" a single prop would give, as on a Spitfire. But it is powerful. It came about by being designed to chase Hitler's jets over the Channel. The war came to an end before they were ever utilized in combat. To make the airplane feel at home, he had 27(?) semi tractors and lowboys bring stones from a Texas Quarry for his private Stonehenge, near his runway and golf course. Gary
  9. The Japanese miscalculated about not using the bomb because of civilian casualties it would cause. They didn't think about the casualties for the Allies if they attacked the Island of Japan. The troops may have signed a paper that they would give their lives for their countries, but they are still a human life and some mothers son. Our US Marines learned on the hopscotch islands, getting runways close enough to Japan to drop those bombs, that the Japanese troops would fight to the bitter end and never give up. An old former Marine, coffee friend of mine years ago said, "On Iwo Jima, we didn't take any prisoners." An attack on the island of Japan would have been just as rigorous. The reason the US military has so many purple heart badges on hand? They had manufactured a huge amount (Thousands and thousands) of them for the attack of the island of Japan. But those were never used. They're still being used today. But a couple of B-29's and their payload, negated the need for those purple hearts. Gary
  10. Art, I've always thought that looked a little bit like the Fat Man atomic bomb, but this was a 1942 photo. So maybe some bomb designer was just day dreaming of the perfect shape, and the perfect contents? I'm putting on more photos of the Lewistown B17 WWII training facility I have in my computer files. This one is on the hanger ramp looking north at the Moccasin Mountains. Two B-17s and three escort aircraft and a deuce & a half fuel truck. A Stearman trainer biplane and a B-17 on the Lewistown ramp. A B-17 crew at Lewistown. I had this in my files about practice bombs used in Montana. This is on file for the Lewistown US Army Air Corps Airfield. The Lewistown B-17 control tower, hangar, with a deuce & a half in winter. Post WWII, the B-17 hangar at the Lewistown Airport with the beacon. Civil Air Patrol shown. On a cloudy, low overcast night this beacon flashed on the ceiling of my bedroom at the ranch. Family members of mine after WWII at the Lewistown airport showing the hangar and the WWII B-17 Tower. I had to throw this photo in, because I had it in my B-17 photos. This is 381st Bomb Group over Schweinfurt, Germany. Flak in the air and bombing the bearings factories there was very prudent. Germans couldn't produce aircraft, tanks, trucks, etc. without bearings. Gary Jäger-Yaeger 😉
  11. Art, I should have explained myself a little better. The temporary training bases such as Lewistown and Cut Bank, Montana that shut down after WWII were the ones I meant. I'm sure Great Falls West Base (now Great Falls International Airport) and Malmstrom AFB still have Norden bombsight vaults? I've read how many temporary training bases there were during WWII and can't remember where any others were. Heck, I can't even remember if I'm on my first or second cup of coffee. Gary😉 (IH Tractors on a Montana Farm too!)
  12. My first cousin Frank McArthur was an early bombardier in B-17s out of Britain over Germany. He was required to do 25 missions. When he could be released he stayed on. When asked why, he said, "These men are my friends." He flew 33 or 34 German bombing missions. I remember him saying that when the P-51s came that changed everything. From going from night missions to daylight missions. He said they had some kind of canister to put the Norden bomb sight into, should they get hit and were going down. Explosives in the canister destroyed the "top secret" sight. (However, I've heard there were "German plants" working in the factory.) (An old girlfriend of mine years ago, her dad told of having been a watchmaker and jeweler before the war, he became a Norden Bombsight repairman during WWII.) Dad said when Frank came home, he called the ranch from Harlowton, Montana and asked an uncle to come get him. When he arrived at the ranch, he asked for (civilian) clothes that would fit him. He took his uniforms down to the basement and threw them into the furnace. I grew up on a farm about eight miles from the B-17 training base at Lewistown, Montana. I remember them leaving the flight pattern over our house doing a turn toward the east to head to their practice target, full throttle and a climbing turn. (What a wonderful memory.) Twelve miles north of Winnett, Montana is the only remaining bombing target and it can be located from space. The others got plowed up or housing developments built over them. Lewistown was chosen for the airport, due to lots of flat land for runways and more than halfway from the West Base in Great Falls, Montana; saving gasoline to travel that distance "to and from" every practice mission. A Lewistown East Base photo during the war, training crew members for the B-17. The tiedowns are still in place, as is the hangar. I remember many tarpaper shacks there as a boy. I remember the five huge fuel tanks along the Milwaukee RR tracks that had an armed guard day and night. This is the Norden Bombsight Vault at Lewistown, with the Big Snowy Mountains at left. A Fergus County Crew moved a bulldozer in and unloaded it near this vault. Doy Music, an old former IH Dealer from Denton, Montana, was retired and living in Lewistown. He saw the county unloading and asked the crew what they were doing. They said the vault was considered a hazard to aircraft. Doy went to the county commissioners and asked, "What the he11 are you doing?" He drummed up enough support to get the county and whoever was afraid an airplane was going to somehow hit this obstacle, to change their policy. (Edited): It stands and is the one of Norden Bombsight vaults extant at a temporary training base for B-17s during WWII. And this 1938 TD-40 wide gauge, industrial International crawler with a winch on back, was bought "worn out" and rebuilt by Dad and his brothers. It had been pulling a "Carryall" scraper that they also got with it, that helped build the runways at the Lewistown B-17 airport. They built lots of dams in their pastures with this IH Tractor on a Montana Farm. Gary😁
  13. twostepn2001, That tractor operator wearing that polka dot cap is operating an Emerson-Brantingham Four (4) 20 gas tractor. I'm pretty sure of that description. Roger can correct me if I'm mistaken. I'm not the best with those gasoline burners. And, I do like that Harley Davidson motorcycle! Gary😁
  14. twostepn2001, No wonder some people bought IH pickups? My 1960 IH B-100 with the full width, short box, 266 V-8, 4 speed tranny, chrome front and rear bumpers, and ceiling mounted radio cost $1749. Now, the 1962 Pontiac Catalina two door hardtop with a 348hp TriPower setup cost more!! Gary🙃
  15. Well, I don't know a darn thing, but thought maybe I should put some Facebook stuff on here. And some Montana steam engine reviving that's happening this week. This first photo is of Alva Stevens of Moore, Montana where I graduated High School is moving a house to Beaver Creek for Grandma Yaeger's cousin's son, Julius "Booblie" Tresch, apparently around 1927, according to that Model T Roadster Pickup. Using his 32 hp Reeves Canadian Special double cylinder engine #6813. Yaeger's 20 hp Reeves "Highwheeler" is on front, as the 32 hp Reeves spun out and high centered on the firebox in Rock Creek. The Kolar Brothers, whose farm the house above passed by, later traded Alva Stevens out of his 32 hp Reeves double simple Canadian Special #6813. The Kolars traded a 15-30 McCormick-Deering tractor for the Reeves. This is a photo of them pulling Emerson disk plows with their Reeves in the mid-1930s. Farmall Kid, son Mike, is helping Lawrence Swanz work on the engine, getting it ready to steam up, load up on a lowboy trailer and truck. A very wealthy man in Kansas bought the engine. It will join his other Reeves engines. This is the only Reeves engine of this configuration left. I remember Adolph Kolar tooting the whistle on this engine in the summer of 1956. That was the last time it ran, because of boiler flue problems. This is a photo I got off of Facebook tonight. This is the 51-bottom John Deere plow my friend Kory Anderson pulled with his 150 hp Case steam engine recently. The "one-bottom" added was to beat an old record of 50-bottoms, in the old days. I've seen video of the 150 Case pulling this plow. It was sure doing the job. This is a picture of Kerosene Annie, the Rumely Oilpull prototype, pulling an 8-bottom plow at Rollag, Minnesota, September 3rd. Horses pulling a Deering Binder, just for Wrangler. A bunch of horses pulling a bunch of binders. The men are stopped for dinner at noon. This is the power house for operating a grain elevator in North Dakota. I believe the left engine is shaft power for the elevator buckets? The front engine appears to be a water pump engine, and at right appears to be turning a dynamo or generator for electricity. A T-31 McCormick Combine with windrow pickup, is being pulled by a McCormick-Deering W-30. A Minneapolis gas tractor pulls a Minneapolis threshing machine. More horses for Wrangler! A family portrait is taken with this big 35 hp Minneapolis engine. A (35 hp?) Buffalo Pitts engine is freighting grain wagons past elevators in South Dakota. A brand new 25 hp Case engine and threshing outfit is being inspected by the men of this town. A Buffalo Pitts straw burner engine is busy threshing in this photo. This 25 hp Reeves cross compound engine is turning a machine that's threshing "header and barge" cut ripe grain. This 25 hp Reeves cross compound engine didn't fare to well trying to cross this bridge, pulling a threshing machine. I THINK this M. Rumely engine is a 20 hp? The boiler barrel is fatter than I'm used to seeing in these earlier Rumely engines. This is one of the saddest train wrecks I've ever heard of. The passenger car on the left was pulled by a locomotive that had to make a stop near Michigan, North Dakota, right after WWII. Both trains were hauling troops home from WWII. The rear train with the GNRY steam locomotive inside the passenger car couldn't stop in time and plowed into the stopped train. One soldier saw the train coming, had his window opened and jumped out. 34 other troops were killed when it hit. I guess the saddest part for me was the fact they made it through war in Europe, then died on American soil, when almost home. One of the IH diesel locomotives used for shuffling cars around an IH Factory. Do any of you knowledgeable gentlemen know what this implement is. The "shovels" look flat. Dad would have called it a "Duck Foot" cultivator. Last but not least is this photo of a Model T Ford of 1917-1923 vintage rolled over on a curved road. I observed that the left rear tire is gone. The 30 X 3-1/2" clincher rim tires it used required 65 psi in them to keep the clincher rib of the tire inside the clincher rim. (they are like a bicycle tire, clinchers). A man was killed here near Helena a few years back in a Model T Ford Race. He had a tire come off too from low pressure. More horses in a field pulling harrows. This is for Wrangler. Gary😉
  16. Anson, I tried calling Greg. I didn't have any luck other than the phone rang. I'll try again, but I don't know what is going on, on that end? Gary😁
  17. I'd almost forgotten that I once owned this Caterpillar Twenty crawler, when on our place near Whitefish, Montana. I've forgotten where I bought it and even forgot who I sold it to, later. Kerosene Annie was out of her glass cage in Boise, Idaho at JUMP, this past weekend, struttin' her stuff at Rollag, Minnesota. I remember when this old girl was derelict and in my late friend Oscar O. Cooke's junkpile in Billings, Montana in the 1970s. I stood on her then. A gas tractor magazine editor came to one of Oscar's annual shows, took a photo of Kerosene Annie and announced something like, "She'll never run again." He obviously didn't know O$car Cooke very well. Oscar did everything necessary to have parts cast, gearing built, etc. and got it operating again. Ooops... Educated, but not intelligent??🙃 I got this "what's it" about two weeks ago. Does anyone out there know what it might be for? I'd love to know. Gary😉
  18. Ah, twostepn2001, that is a Ten Ton Holt! notice its split and hinged track roller frame! That's a great photograph! I love that ca. 1917 Model T Ford Coupe in the background too. Gary😁
  19. Anson, It's interesting about all you know of Patsy's relatives! She wasn't wearing a mask Saturday. Now I've explained much of this in the past, but who wants to go back and try to find it in this mess known as IH Tractors On A Montana Farm? I sure don't. So I'll explain it again for the youngsters who stop off her occasionally. This is Jefferson Davis Simpson, my wife's grandfather. Now ol' Jeff had the same type of fetish as Roger Byrne has. He liked Rumely Oilpull tractors, this one is a 16-30 H that cost $2,400 new. This was at his Moore, Montana farm in 1917. Jefferson Davis Simpson, on his 25-45 Type R Oilpull pulling a Holt Combine near Moore, Montana. This was Jeff and his REO Touring Car out checking his wheat crop with his cousin and sons. I can't remember if Sharon's dad, Lynn, is on the running board or at right? After all, the railroads indicated this is how tall the crops grew. (this year anyway) Railroads promoted easterners to head west in their immigrant trains, buy or homestead a farm, raise tall grain and they'd haul the grain crops to market for them. Anson loves this painting of the Milwaukee Railroad's. Jeff never saw any gold coins being plowed up and neither did I. He and I both walked away from our farms. That horse, that may be a cousin of Wranglers, just about stepped on Moore and Lewistown too. Anson you darkened the Jefferson Davis Simpson in your post. So I did too. Jeff Simpson was a first cousin of "Nawthenah" Ulysses Simpson Grant. Jeff was young when Ulysses was old. This was Ulysses Simpson Grant when he was the 18th President of the United States. He still gets a lot of bad press about his love of spirits, but I do smile every time I get a crisp $50 bill, seeing him and knowing MY face will NEVER be on them. Now Anson, you darkened the Jefferson Davis part of Simpson. Jefferson Davis Simpson and Ulysses Simpson Grant were BOTH, Second cousins of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. Gary🙂
  20. We wanted to fire up steam engines this past Saturday, but Montana is one dried out tinder patch. Mike and Pam invited out friends for what was going to be the steam up, but wisely ended up being a Model T, Model TT, McCormick-Deering IHC Farmall F-12 IH Tractor on a Montana Farm driving day. I was driving the 1926 Model T Coupe hauling Patsy, the mother in-law of Cliff, shown driving the F-12. Mike was driving the 1925 Model TT truck hauling Patsy. Mike was training Karen, Patsy's daughter and Cliff's wife on the "safe operation" of the IHC Farmall F-12. I think Karen was enjoying driving the Farmall F-12, judging by this smile? Back to Patsy... She IS A granddaughter of outlaw, Jesse James. Karen, Cliff and Mike, just moved Patsy to Helena from Oklahoma so they can be together. Mike and Cliff drove the U-Haul truck back after flying there. Karen flew to Helena with her mother. We didn't lack food to eat later either. Karen and Patsy brought deserts, pasta, etc. I had Patsy's Peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. A great time was had by all! Gary😁 PS: The cameraman never gets in the photos. So I am putting this selfie of me on behind the wheel of the Model T Coupe, from my August files.
  21. Todd, This is a picture of a Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound Immigrant train boxcar arriving somewhere in Montana in 1913. The one at right is a Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul boxcar. I'm just putting these pictures on here because I can. This is the Round Oak stove my wife's grandpa Jefferson Davis Simpson hauled from the east to Moore, Montana on a Milwaukee RR "immigrant train" in 1917. When I started dating Sharon in 1958, I first saw this stove in her dad's garage/shop for heat. He had the coal scuttle and shovel there and had coal in the scuttle. He later moved to Hobson, before he died (died, **** he blew his head off with a 12 gauge). When we went for burial and clean up, I loaded the stove and scuttle from that garage into his pickup and hauled it to Whitefish when we lived there. When I retired from Whitefish Schools as head of maintenance and we moved to Helena, the stove got stored with mike's stuff. He used it in his shop when he lived in town. Then when everything moved to Silver Creek, it was in that shop stored. After their new home was built, he took the original nickeled pieces off and shipped them away for re-nickeling. A new coat of stove black was applied too. It is now in their basement. It has a quality high heat chimney pipe installed, so it could be used if the power were off to keep things from freezing in the basement. This is the black stove in the shop. This is it in their basement with the nickel showing. This is the completed stove area in their basement including the .36 caliber Tennessee squirrel gun. The only thing Mike's stove is lacking is one of these Round Oak crown pieces. This is a Round Oak stove with it having the crown piece installed. The only reason I've posted this Sledgehammer, is because of only one little similarity, the word "OAK"! Gary😁 PS: I hope all y'all are having a nice Labor Day holiday.
  22. I thought this TD6 and McCormick Deering pull type combine were neat. Gary😁
  23. Sledgehammer, Todd, I was at the same junk shop as the last one. I bought another Coleman one burner stove, but this one isn't old. It's new. It has been lit, but it never has been hot like it would be cooking. It had the box and a plastic Coleman funnel. It is a "Dual Fuel" or I'd have likely passed it up for the $10 I spent on it. Gary😉 PS: I don't even know what "Dual Fuel" means? I know it will burn Coleman stove and lantern fuel, because there was a can with it, that I didn't buy. PPS: I bought that plastic swan soap holder for the shop. It is at the mop sink with Lava soap in it!
  24. MT Matt, I have only heard of Garford trucks. I seem to remember the company continued to furnish some component for trucks when I was an IH partsman. I don't remember just what anymore. I can't remember if I'm on my first cup of coffee, or whether I'm on my second cup now?!! They were one of the many companies that built trucks for the US Army in WWI, I'm sure? Roger Byrne would sure know more about this subject than I'm muddling through! The 4568 was the largest rubber tire tractor IH was building then. I hope you luck out and get the W-4 McCormick Standard for your collection! And at a good price too??!!! We need another IH Tractor on a Montana Farm! Gary😁
  25. I don't know one darn thing. But I "figgered" I'd better be posting something or Admin might throw this whole thread in the garbage dumpster. This first photo is of the (Fort) Benton to Helena stagecoach at the Sun River crossing station in 1885. Those old mud wagon stage coaches really got loaded down with people! I'm betting that with all of the bystanders on the boardwalk, they must sell some sort of liquid refreshments inside? A JI Case center crank steam engine turns an elderly hand feed, slat stacker threshing machine. The wooden barrels held water so the engine could drink! I have no idea where this is, or when it is, but it is a "cordwood" firebox boiler for the Queen River steamboat. The lengthened firebox allows for feeding long cordwood. Anson was used to staring at that end of horses down there on the Delta Dirt, I'll bet? Or he knew those who did! Now, the English had a pretty decent idea for a gravel truck here, it would seem? That would be a neat truck to own today! A big 32 hp American-Abell cross compound steam engine is freighting a Marion steam shovel to a job in Canada. This 32 hp Reeves cross compound Canadian Special engine is pulling a horde of binders in a Canadian grain field. You old farmers amongst us who have operated binders, and you younger types who have had a square hay baler that the knotter didn't tie right, can't you just see this procession stopped for that one binder that the darn knotter isn't tying? A Type A IHC gas engine is hitched to a plow in England. This has to be a type C, but could be a Type B IHC Mogul tractor pulling quite a few disks plowing. I think these curious farmers are wanting to see just how much it could pull, reasonably? Disk plows do pull easier than moldboard plows. I'm pretty sure this Avery gas tractor is a 25-50? I imagine that threshing machine was an Avery Yellow Fellow? I don't know. I have no idea where the Tumalo Dam is. I'll bet someone here does? A steam shovel is loading a horse pulled belly dump wagon. In a secret garage in Fargo, North Dakota, young engineer Paul Nystuen with veteran builders Jerry Joubert & Al Lieberg built the first IH 4366 tractor. And several years later a lowboy truck hauled this 4568 IH out of North Dakota. It became an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm that Farmall Kid is posing on. Gary😁
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