ENGINES, ENGINES, AND MORE ENGINES
25hp. Gaar Scott single owned by Ralph Meeby at the alton Reunion. 1955. See Richard Rorvig's report
R. D. 3, Rothsay, Minnesota
I am sending you my $2.00 for next year's subscription to
the ALBUM. I think it is a fine magazine and I am looking forward
to the time when it will be both bigger and a monthly magazine.
I have not seen anything in the ALBUM lately about what is going
on around my part of the country. We have had two fine reunions
here both last year and this year. One was held at Dalton,
Minnesota, which is the Central Minnesota Steam Threshers' Club
which was held on the seventh and eighth of October this year. The
other was held at Rollag, Minnesota, on the first of October and it
was the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers' Reunion. They were
both large and well attended reunions. The Rollag Reunion had stack
threshing, clover hulling, and a sawmill, plus a large display of
model engines, most of which were one-third scales. They also had
some model separators and a scale model sawmill, all of which were
very beautiful pieces of workmanship.
The Dalton Reunion was a big event also. They had twelve large
stacks of grain which were threshed during the two days by two
Minneapolis threshers, one of which was a 36-58 machine with stack
wing feeders, the other a 40-64. Both of these machines were steel
machines and in top-notch condition. They also had a steam plowing
event which caused quite a lot of excitement as it seems most
people have not seen any steam plowing around here. This was done
with a ten-bottom John Deere platform plow pulled by a 25hp.
Advance Rumely steam engine. The weather was unfavorable so it was
impossible to do much plowing until the evening of the last day, so
there was not as much done as anticipated. There was also a sawmill
that was powered by a 25-75 Gaar-Scott single engine owned by
George Melby. The second day it was run by a 25hp. single cylinder
Wood Bros. engine owned by Nels Fossan. They also had models
displayed. This reunion is sponsored, more or less, by four men who
are George and Ralph Melby, Kenneth Bratvold, and Nels Fossan.
Ralph owns a 25hp. double cylinder side-mounted Gaar-Scott and a
25hp. Gaar Scott single rear mounted with Canadian boiler. George
owns a 25hp Gaar Scott rear mounted single also. Ralph and George
own a 25hp Advance Rumely together. All of these engines are in
perfect shape. Seeing as these two brothers own three Gaar-Scott
engines between them, you can easily see why they call them the
Gaar-Scott outfit. There was also a 25-85 Nichols & Shepard
engine owned by Kenneth Bratvold. And the 25 Wood Bros. engine
owned by Nels Fossan as already mentioned, which brought on a lot
of comments by the visitors, as hardly anyone had seen a Wood Bros.
engine. Nels also owns a 25-85 Nichols & Shepard which he
hadn't had time to get ready for the reunion.