Christopher and Paul Whaley, of Indianapolis, Ind., the youngsters shown on the cover of this issue, are part of an ongoing tradition that ties the Crow Family with steam collecting and with IMA.
The boys are great grandsons of Paul F. Crow, of Charleroi, Pa., who reminded Ye Ed that this Crow Family Case 50 HP engine had been on the IMA cover of March-April 1958, when this magazine was in its 12th year.
When it appeared in 1958, the Case was shown belted to the fan at the Hookstown (Pa.) Fair Grounds in August of 1956. On the cover with the engine was a boy named Larry Dean Whaley, Crow's grandson, who was 2 when the photo was taken.
Rev. Elmer Ritzman, founder of IMA, commented in his notes about the cover, 'There are lots of Case engines, but nary a boy like that.' The caption became separated from the engine picture and did not appear until the following IMA, May-June.
Christopher and Paul are sons of Larry Whaley. They are shown with the engine belted to the family Case baler, at the 24th annual exhibition of the Tri-State Historical Steam Engine Assn., Inc., at Hookstown in 1980.
Proud Great Grandpa Paul writes:
'The boys are very interested in these occasions, and Christopher is learning to help with the engine and baler. And, from all indications, Paul will not be too long doing the same.'