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Steam Engine Dynasty


Contributed Jim Fisher

Three generations of the present day Goldendale area Brokaw Families gathered in front of the Klickitat County Historical Society’s 1897 steam tractor displayed in front of the Presby Museum. The steam tractor was built in 1897 by Russell & Company at Massillon, Ohio. Soon after being built, the steam tractor was purchased by the Brokaw Brothers (Charles and Ira Brokaw, Sr.) and brought to the Klickitat Valley. Pictured are (left to right) Jordan Brokaw; Joshua Brokaw; Jared Brokaw (sons of James Brokaw, Jr.); Elizabeth Brokaw (wife of Pete Brokaw); Pete Brokaw; and James Brokaw, Sr. Above the others is Andy Brokaw, son of Pete and Elizabeth Brokaw. The steam tractor is presently recei...

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