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Harry W. Hinson, of Grafton, Illinois, has this to say about the picture at the bottom of page 9, July-August 1958 issue of the ALBUM in which the engine is labeled a Huber. Harry says:

'I feel the name 'Huber' on the engine is wrong. I believe it should be Minneapolis. I never saw a picture of a Huber engine with round spokes in the ground wheels, or a boiler with a straight barrel. Also Huber had outside steam pipe'.

Our fault. I think the Huber was the only return flue traction in the East. That helped us to say Huber. However, we should have caught the straight barrel and the dome sticking way out front. Thanks, Harry.



We have met so many young people who are interested in steam or gas engines that we have a feeling we would like to start a page in the ALBUM for all under twenty years of age.

If you are under twenty years of age or if your son or daughter is under that age and have some hobby (not necessarily engines) have them write to Uncle Elmer and we shall publish them. A picture of you and your Hobby product would make it all the better. We are inviting you.



Mr. Edward Hutsel of 1124 Adams St., Rt. 5, Mexico, Missouri, sends us the word of the passing of Mr. Ray King, 55, owner and operator of the King Machine Shop. He says

'We, the members of The Missouri Antique Threshers and Settlers Association have lost a great friend and director.

'Ray King has used a steam engine for about everything possible. At the time of his death he owned a 20 hp Advance Rumely, a scale 65 Case that he built and part of a scale Peerless that he started to build this last winter.'

He worked with grain thresher crews in Missouri and nearby states for many years. Later he had a garage, worked for Wells-Lamont and was an instructor in mechanics at the NYA Camp in Louisiana.

Surviving are his widow and 2 sons.


It was a wonderful pleasure for Mrs. Ritzman and I to meet the Campbell's of Suisan City, California. They are the editors and publishers of 'Steam Engines'.

We found them very interesting and versatile. They own a very large publishing business. We now understand why they do such a good job with their Hobby Magazine.

We wish them every success and give them an invitation to come to Enola.


There were four boys in our family. We all owned and operated many different makes of steam traction engines all through the steam era. Starting in 1895 when we bought our first engine. It was a 14 hp. Nichols & Shepard return flue fire box boiler. We ran this a few years and then traded it for a 16 hp. Huber, which we ran until 1906. Then we went up of Saskatchewan, Canada, where we broke up thousands of virgin prairie and threshed millions of bushels of wheat up until 1915.

There were three standard makes of breaking engines in Saskatchewan and I will put them down in their respective popularity: Case, Reeves, and Rumely.

Threshing used to be a big business here in Minnesota, too. Some seasons we put in over 70 days. I never was much interested in having pictures of threshing with steam engines but now since those days are over, I enjoy looking at pictures of them.

PAT KING, Kenneth, Minnesota