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January/February 1968
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May I express my own thanks to those of you who helped us so much this summer and fall by selling our magazine at the various shows across the country. We hope to have representatives at nearly all the shows next year. Anyone interested, drop us a line.

Earl, my husband, and I have certainly enjoyed meeting you folks who have dropped by or stopped to talk at the shows. I hope we can make it to more events next summer.

Mr. J. Lee Land is trying to find out makers of small steam gas fired boilers. Anyone who can help him write to, Brownsville, Oregon 97327.

A letter from James Stone, 504 North Fifth Street, Gallup, New Mexico. He wants to find information concerning the first oil drillers on the Navajo Reservation, namely William Henry, Harrison Cranmer and Sam Arnold. They operated a steam driven rig in various parts of Northern New Mexico and Arizona a-round 1921-23. According to the information available the rig was horse drawn to a location, then set up and operated to a depth of 1,400 feet or so. Naturally, the wells were too shallow to find the major oil supplies. It is interesting to note that except in two places, they were drilling toward the world's richest oil and gas supplies. It is too bad that their rig was so limited. What he would like to know is if there are available any photographs of their old rigs around or any other information that 'us' old timers might remember?

Frank Samson, Box 601 Tolono, Illinois is looking for an operators manual or instruction book for a Monitor Engine made by Baker Manufacturing Co., Evansville, Wis. He needs any available information to get the machine running. The engine number is 3819 and perhaps someone would know how old the engine would be.

C. L. Shobe, 1819 Monroe St., Great Bend, Kansas writes concerning Mr. Howard's article in the July-August Issue about the engine running the wrong direction. Mr. Shobe is sure that Mr. Howard knows the reason for this, but thought perhaps some of our readers didn't. If his spool valve had been of the inside admission type, it would have taken the regular setting. Most steam locomotives were of this type as it retrieves the pressure of steam in the chest on the rod packing which operates the valves. Mr. Shobe's experience was on an Endbergh Stationary with outside admission (steam admitted to the cylinder trough parts at the outside ends of the valve) and the eccentric had to be set, as he stated, 90 degrees ahead of the crank ordinarily but in this incident a setting of 90 degrees behind the crank was required.

Norman C. Morgan, R.D., Grampian, Pennsylvania is looking for a plan for converting a couple of Briggs & Stratton Gas Engines to Steam.

Ray DeMent, Clinton, Illinois has found a supplier of parts. He went to Illiopolis, Illinois to the Illiopolis Canvas Co. to get a set of teeth for his Keck separator. They bought the stock of the

Hudson Machine Co. of Decatur, Illinois years ago and they have teeth for most any make of machine plus obsolete sprocket chain and attachment links of all kinds, grease cups, belt hooks packing, water glass and a lot of other hard to get items. Thanks, Ray.

Jacob Tiessen, Abbotsford, British Columbia has written to confirm the story in the November-December Issue about the boy tossed into a threshing machine. It is exactly the same as his Dad told him happened in the U.S.A. Mr. Tiessen also had a nice visit to Vancouver where he met Mr. P.P. Striemer from Winkler. Mr. Striemer told him that some of the men were going to take in two days of oats threshing with the old steamers and six bundle teams with horses. Mr. Tiessen is sorry he missed that. I imagine there are many of us who would like to see that. Perhaps Mr. Striemer will let us know when it will be going on next year.

J. M. Johnson, 3236 Garfield, South Minneapolis, Minnesota would like to hear from someone who knows some-thins about the Ames Steam Traction Engine (return flue).

Earl Holje, Sheridan County Historical Assoc, Plentywood, Montana is looking for information on a Model 25-50 Aultman Taylor Tractor, Serial no. 1016 and supposedly a 1916 model. He has been unable to find this information anywhere can any of you readers help him?

Nelson Howard, 1402 South 19th St., New Castle, Indiana writes about the picture at the top of page 21 of the November Issue. It is listed as the Water Works & Light Plant at New Castle, Indiana. He feels it should be Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana. Says he worked there a long time.

From Howard Camp, 18 West Washington, Newnan, Georgia. Howard has lost his Uncle Marcus Leonard and has no-one to go to for information about the Advance. He needs to know what pressure setting on pop valves the factory recommended on 12 HP lap boilers around 1910. Serila number 13831. He would also like to know what most users popped at when they worked the engines to their limit. Some of the catalogs show the working pressures at 150 PSI on the boilers.

From G.C. Dixon, Route 1, Box 32, Gormania, West Virginia, a word of praise for Raymond Lancaster and the other Lancasters. They have a scale Geiser saw mill that really works. It is 'precision personified'. Of all the models they have built, this is the best in Mr. Dixon's book.

This from Frank J. Burris, 35640 Avenue F, Yucaipa, California. 'The Biography of Cornelius Aultman is a splendid piece of work covering a matter of much benign interest to our hearts. I missed only one additive to the fien old drawing illustrations, and this was of the old return-flue undermounted engines which were made by the C. Aultman company. I saw one of these old timers at Wall or Quinn, South Dakota, in 1917, and wonder whether any of the old-timer subscribers of the Album can tell us what may have happened to this particular wonderful old fellow? Could it be possible that it may still be in that vicinity? A very long-shot hopeful wish, of course. Dear friend and Album subscriber Mr. Ben Fisher of Bowesmont, North Dakota has just written me that he is unearthing a fine archeological discovery near home that consists of a Canton Monitor, presumably, that has lain buried in the soil for 74 years after a boiler explosion which killed several people. I have asked Ben to try to get some pictures before and after disentombing this prize relic, and to give us a story for the Album. Ben is a great relic hunter-and finder! Very sincerely.'

May I suggest that you look through our Christmas Shopping List and give 'Steam' or 'Gas' for Christmas.

To our friends across the country. Christmas in lands of the fir tree and pine, Christmas in lands of the palm tree and vine, Christmas where snow peaks stand solemn and white, Christmas where corn fields lie sunny and white. Everywhere, Everywhere, Christmas tonight. May yours be most blessed.


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