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Spring is here. Somewhere. I don't think I can remember when we've had such a cold, wet spring. I suppose when we're getting ready for Christmas, it will still be 80 out. Oh well, I'm really glad for the rain. We planted some trees and grass and I'm hoping they'll get a good start. We're really amateurs at this gardening, but we enjoy trying.

Do you know, we have some very astute and observant readers? Karl Lubkeman of 215 North 3rd, Sheffield, Iowa noticed that the Gaar Scott on page 22 of the May June Issue was wrong side around. We're assuming that the print was made off of the negative backwards. My heavens, we can't get away with anything, can we?

To All You Baker Steam Engine Owners. A note from Mr. H. E. Beckemeyer, Tolono, Illinois 61880. He writes 'Do I have your name, address, serial number, and H. P. of your engine? I have tried to make us a complete list by writing you or attending shows, etc. This list will go to print in the very near future, so let me hear from you now as I know you will want this brochure after it is made up. I have around 65 Baker engines listed so far.' Any of you Baker Owners who are interested get in touch with Mr. Beckemeyer. A letter from Mr. W. E. Dearing, Suite 101 at 10 Edmonton St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Mr. Dearing writes to thank you readers for your help in locating for him the Pierce Governor Co. Unfortunately, some of you who answered had old addresses, so Mr. Dearing sent us the current address. The Pierce Governor Co. Inc., P. O. Box 2000, Upland, Indiana 46989.

From Mr. Robert G. Schall, R. D. 2, Box 231-E, Nazareth, Pennsylvania 18064 we have a request. Mr. Schall is a hoisting engine operator and operates both Steam and Electrical Engines. These engines were built by the S. Flory Mfg. Co., Bangor, Pennsylvania. He would like to get in touch with someone that has a Maintenance Manual on the care and operation of these engines, especially the Steam Hoisting Engines. He would also like to hear from anyone that has pictures of the 'Lehigh & New England Railroad' (L&NE) Steam Locomotives - especially number seven (7) and number forty nine (49) Locomotives. He will return the postage stamps to those that write to him.

From Wayne Hanson, P. O. Box 444, Mountain Lake, Minnesota 56159. 'Just writing to let you know about our threshing bee. Last winter Ned Gustafson, who has since passed away, stopped at the bank in Butter-field, Minnesota and suggested we have a Steam Threshing Bee. One thing let to another and now we have formed the Butterfield Threshers Association. Our show will be August 20 at Butterfield, Minnesota. We have two gas engines that we think are quite rare. One is a Lightning Haypress Co. engine from Kansas City. The other is an inverted Hart Parr engine. We have several steam engines coming in and many gas tractors and engines. We also will have hand feed thresh, machine and miniature thresh, machine.'' Good luck to a new organization and a new show.

'Please Help!! I recently purchased a stationary upright steam engine - about a 6 x 9 and am unable to find the manufacturer of this engine.' This is from Mr. Everett Brock, Jr., 109 Boyd Avenue, Mc-Minnville, Tennessee 37110. He continues, 'I will give you all the information I have and maybe you can help. On the crosshead I find C & DC (C & DCo.) The name on the valve lid or steam chest lid has been partially ground off and looks like this.

This engine was put in use in 1919 and in excellent condition. Has Gardner Governor.' Can anyone help Mr. Brock?

Well, we're pretty full of reunion ads this time, so I'll cut things short. Have a wonderful summer and Earl, the children and I are looking forward to meeting many of you. Kitty