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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ooops... Educated, but not intelligent??🙃

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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😉

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1 hour ago, Old Binder Guy said:

oops... Educated, but not intelligent??🙃

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I’m no engineer, but I spot a small problem with that gear train. Unless they are building some sort of sliding gear parking brake?

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My thoughts exactly Ron, I think the physics teacher needs to go back to the drawing board or are the parents the problem 🤔

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I have seen that tractor in person in downtown Boise.  Kind of an odd display, those tractors behind glass.  Not much else around them us promoting ag.  Not sure what it IS promoting.  I found Boise to be an odd town.  Not bad, just...some odd folks there.

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Attn:  all old codgers

 

refer to Brady Boy's current post of

"Man and Machine farming the Palouse"

The 2nd video shows up as "Winter of 49" by Greg Druffel".  Ol' Palouse himself from right here in our one room classroom.

Who's heard from Greg in recent times????

 

 

Come in Palouse.

 

 

DD

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On 9/10/2022 at 3:56 PM, Delta Dirt said:

Attn:  all old codgers

 

refer to Brady Boy's current post of

"Man and Machine farming the Palouse"

The 2nd video shows up as "Winter of 49" by Greg Druffel".  Ol' Palouse himself from right here in our one room classroom.

Who's heard from Greg in recent times????

 

 

Come in Palouse.

 

 

DD

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😁

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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This is a picture of Kerosene Annie, the Rumely Oilpull prototype, pulling an 8-bottom plow at Rollag, Minnesota, September 3rd.

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Horses pulling a Deering Binder, just for Wrangler.

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A bunch of horses pulling a bunch of binders. The men are stopped for dinner at noon.

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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.

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A T-31 McCormick Combine with windrow pickup, is being pulled by a McCormick-Deering W-30.

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A Minneapolis gas tractor pulls a Minneapolis threshing machine. More horses for Wrangler!

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A family portrait is taken with this big 35 hp Minneapolis engine.

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A (35 hp?) Buffalo Pitts engine is freighting grain wagons past elevators in South Dakota.

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A brand new 25 hp Case engine and threshing outfit is being inspected by the men of this town.

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A Buffalo Pitts straw burner engine is busy threshing in this photo.

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This 25 hp Reeves cross compound engine is turning a machine that's threshing "header and barge" cut ripe grain.

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This 25 hp Reeves cross compound engine didn't fare to well trying to cross this bridge, pulling a threshing machine.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One of the IH diesel locomotives used for shuffling cars around an IH Factory.

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Do any of you knowledgeable gentlemen know what this implement is. The "shovels" look flat. Dad would have called it a "Duck Foot" cultivator. 

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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. 

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More horses in a field pulling harrows. This is for Wrangler. Gary😉

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Gary,  I can’t say for sure about your cultivator pic but I would think it was a row crop cultivator vs a field cultivator.  The wide, flat V shaped points would cut the roots of weeds in between the rows of corn or soybeans potentially.  This was in hopes of killing the weeds as opposed to covering them with soil.  I pulled a modern version 3pt mounted over a seed corn nursery once when I still worked in the ag industry. 

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11 hours ago, Old Binder Guy said:

This 25 hp Reeves cross compound engine didn't fare to well trying to cross this bridge, pulling a threshing machine.

 

I can't help but wonder how the devil they ever got that engine out of there? Would've taken a lot of muscle and horse-power to set it back up and then haul it out of river, besides fixing the bridge back. 

11 hours ago, Old Binder Guy said:

The "shovels" look flat. Dad would have called it a "Duck Foot" cultivator. 

I remember my grandad calling those scuffle feet or scuffle hoes; they ran about 1/4" under the ground and cut the little white rooted weeds off before they sprouted. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to run one. 

11 hours ago, Old Binder Guy said:

More horses in a field pulling harrows

My favorite thing to do when I still had a team was pull the disk and harrows. Were it not for the high price of feed I'd consider finding another team strictly to disk, harrow, and haul hay with. Thanks for another good post, Gary.

Mac

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A 1957 ad in the local paper for "new" Chevy pickups. l remember my Dad telling me he bought a new 1963 Chevy pickup for $2250.00. Straight 6, column shift 3 speed, no A/C or radio.

The "SH" prefix on the phone number stood for Sherwood. The "PO" stood for Porter.

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55 minutes ago, twostepn2001 said:

A 1957 ad in the local paper for "new" Chevy pickups. l remember my Dad telling me he bought a new 1963 Chevy pickup for $2250.00. Straight 6, column shift 3 speed, no A/C or radio.

The "SH" prefix on the phone number stood for Sherwood. The "PO" stood for Porter.

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Adjusted for inflation, that comes out to about $17k which is about half of what a new, basic, Chevy costs today. Times sure have changed, haven't they? 

Mac

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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🙃

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Digging through some old PC files and found this old pic. Caption says: "Old thresher and tractor parked on a gin yard in Taylor, Texas."  l don't know what kind of tractor it is so l'm hoping some of ya'll might know. l'm about 96% sure that's a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. And even after l zoomed in much as possible l still can't tell if the tractor operator is wearing a pokey dot or stripedty hat....

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5 hours ago, twostepn2001 said:

Digging through some old PC files and found this old pic. Caption says: "Old thresher and tractor parked on a gin yard in Taylor, Texas."  l don't know what kind of tractor it is so l'm hoping some of ya'll might know. l'm about 96% sure that's a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. And even after l zoomed in much as possible l still can't tell if the tractor operator is wearing a pokey dot or stripedty hat....

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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😁

 

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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.

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But that was a while back. Yesterday, he used Toot his Farmall M, an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm.

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Mike un-belting when finished sawing firewood for the shop stove this winter.

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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😁

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Must be getting close to fall.

Mike and the Professor are sawing wood.

Crops are disappearing from the fields.

Foliage is changing color.  I happened to notice this vine hanging out of one of our oak trees out front this afternoon.

Original shot was really colorful----this is a picture of a picture.  Only way I can transfer to old cell phone that has access to this site.

That's looking to the NW out of our front yard------across the harvested soybean fields with my best friend (the mainline Mississippi River Levee in the far distance).

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Down in the DELTA

--------where I wuz born.

Crop wuz Cotton

------------liquor wiz Corn!!!!!

DD

Avon, Mississippi  38723

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Mississippi River is running on the low side-------also usually happens 'bout the time the cypress trees start changing colors (fall is here); but it's still hot!!!!

Below is a River gauge chart posted by Corps of Engineers----applicable to most major streams in the U..S.

 

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This particular page illustrates Greenville, Ms.. Hopefully-----some of ya'll will find it useful to your area.

Interesting enough----mid week we had a tow boat run around approximately 3 miles downstream from our location.  Has the River blocked------elevator in Greenville is full and CLOSED waiting on empty barges so to load out more.  Trucks scattering to other elevators resulting in open elevators raising their basis as much as $1.00 bu.(discount from Chicago Board). 

Farmer gets kicked in butt once again.  All the while-------the weirdos on the left coast want to pump our water from the Mississippi to Los Angeles.

Grain bin storage is the life saver right now.

The "transportation" side of our Rivers is a HUGE overlooked benefit of all navigable waterways.

Most all of our local grain moves downriver to New Orleans and export.  

Not getting political here-----just an old grey haired farmland appraiser observing the facts.

Below pictures are from several years ago at near same date and River stage.  Looks like alot of water but the navigable channel is constantly watched and dredged open by the Corps of Engineers.

Looking upriver---Greenville Bridge (U.S. 82 in far background).

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DD

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Found this pic of a "Harley graveyard". l know some guys that would probably give up their first born to have these old police bikes. My brother bought a 1976 Harley police bike minus lights, siren and radio at a police auction in Lubbock, Texas in 1980 for $640.00. And it ran well enough for him to ride it home.

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5 hours ago, twostepn2001 said:

Found this pic of a "Harley graveyard". l know some guys that would probably give up their first born to have these old police bikes. My brother bought a 1976 Harley police bike minus lights, siren and radio at a police auction in Lubbock, Texas in 1980 for $640.00. And it ran well enough for him to ride it home.

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TwoStep----

I wuz just thinking how much fun we could have with the Harleys "po-licing the roads" up in Montana------all of them speeding Model T's; let alone the overloaded model TT trucks.  (We know of at least one TT that for sure would  be overloaded with Blue Smoke!!!):ph34r:;)

 

 

Can remember the day when I wuz a kid that most every town of any size down this way had a motorcycle on the police force.  Near thing of the past now????

 

DD

 

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17 hours ago, Delta Dirt said:

Can remember the day when I wuz a kid that most every town of any size down this way had a motorcycle on the police force.  Near thing of the past now????

Most of the bigger towns and cties around here still have motorcycle patrol units around here. Back in the mid to late 80's quite a few switched from Harley's to Kawasaki's and a couple switched to Honda Goldwings. But after a few years they switched back to Harley's.

A friend that l worked with and used to ride motorcycles with quite a bit had a brother-in-law that was a motorcycle cop in Lubbock. He would come by by the warehouse occasionally and drink a Dr Pepper with us. One day me and several other guys was in the yard and we saw him ride up and get off of his cop bike and go inside. Well, l got this wild idea....why don't we hide his motorcycle??  Be funny huh??  Sooo, me and a couple other fellers push his shiny new Kawasaki cop bike about 50 feet and behind a big dumpster. After about 20 or 30 minutes, he comes back out and can't find his bike. He then commenced to say words that l can't repeat here saying he was going to arrest whoever stole his cop bike.

l finally came out from behind a stack of utility poles and told him it was behind the dumpster. His brother-in-law came out and got him calmed down and after about 10 minutes everybody was laughing about it. You've heard the slogan "Don't Mess With Texas"? Well also don't mess with a Texas cop's motorcycle either.

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