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Billings, Missouri

I enjoy getting our magazine (The Iron-Men Album) very much, but when I read '20 years old' on the back cover of Vol. 20, Number 4, March-April 1966 it makes one wonder where time has gone and what we have done with it. I was glad to know I was one of the 38 men you sent that sample copy of Vol. 1, No. 1 Winter of 1946. I have it and every copy since.

Back then our Magazine was called (The Farm Album) but in 1951 with the September-October Vol. 6, No. 1, the name was changed to its present name (The Iron-Men Album) and from that 38 subscribers in 1946 to over 8000 now in 1966WONDERFUL!

The fall of 1921, my wife and I hired out to the Octker Bros. Thresher Co. She, as cook at the cook shack and I as separator oiler. The next year she cooked and I was engineer. Then we bought a rig and I threshed for 42 years without missing a season. Also, hulled some 3000 bu. Red Clover.

In 1958 Mr. Virgil Anderson, Mr. Burton Salchow, Mr. Ed Hunt and myself had a Steam Day. Mr. Anderson had a 24 hp. Minnie, Mr. Salchow, a 6 hp. portable Peerless and my 20 hp. Advance-Rumely and 20-40 Oil Pull. Mr. Hunt was Ford Tractor Dealer at the time and he brought Ford equipment. Had some 800 present and a dandy time. Mr. Salchow died December 7, 1959.

So in 1962 we organized what is called The Ozark Steam Engine Assn. and had our first show here at Billings, Missouri in September 1962 with 4200 present. We had a three day show and it RAINED all three days but we sure had fun. In 1963 our Association bought 17 acres two miles east of Republic, Missouri on Highway 60 and 13 and we have had our show there since.

I like to go to others shows and meet old friends and make new ones. I think the last time I talked to you was at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in 1963.

I am past 65, have my wife, one daughter and son that are married. Our son is a Baptist preacher. Our oldest son was killed in Korea in 1951. Our youngest son, who just got back from Viet Nam is to be married in February. Also we have 7 granddaughters and 1 grandson.

I own a 16 hp. Reeves, a 20 hp. Advance-Rumely and a 20-40 Oil Pull. Our grandson is 4 years old and he calls the Oil Pull 'Dad's Oil Putt Putt'. His Dad has a 9 hp. Case.