P.O. Box 12, Pekin, Indiana
I have just received your last copy of the Iron Men Album and think it is wonderful. I don't see how I can or could get along without it. I see a note from an old engineer that he is 78 years old. Now turn his age around to 87 and you will have my age.
I started running steam engines when a lad of 12 years old. It was a 10 HP Aultman - Taylor guided with horses. The first engine I owned was a 10 HP Frick. The first wages I ever received for this type of work was 40 cents a day. I have operated many different makes, even a Lansing four wheel drive that used sprocket chain drive.
My grandfather, Linza Anderson, bought the first steam engine that ever came to this Washington County. It was a 6 HP Gaar-Scott and he moved it around with a yoke of oxen and a new Three Rivers Separator and, of course, a hand fed machine with a drag straw stacker or carrier.
I have operated many different makes of steam engines and find that they all will do their work if properly cared for. Of course, I have my preference to the Case and Baker. I say this without any grievance to anyone. I have operated the Oil Pull Tractor, but steam is my preference to any kind of power. I was asked if I would go with those guys to the moon and I said not unless a steam engine pulled the ship.