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Just got the ALBUM today and it is fine. Sure hope you people will come to our town and stop with us for the night. We could sure have a nice visit with all this steam on our chests. Art Frase was here recently. He lives about 75 miles northwest and has 3 very nice engines. We also met Mr. and Mrs. Blaker at our doings at Luxemburg where we had a fine time. Got. a kick out of the old Case at 45 or 50 miles per hour. We sure have crowds at these reunions and have the best kind of entertainment.

I am wondering how many readers there are now to the ALBUM. Must have quite a few. I sure like the pictures you carry in it. I am still shoveling coal for a living and I like it as an old steam man should stay with steam.

My mother is 83 and still in good health and we have 12 grandchildren so we are pretty busy as you well know. Come see us when you can.

MYRTLE & GEORGE DeRUYTER, 2638B North 11th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Here is a brief note concerning the Second Annual Reunion of the Zumbro valley Threshermen's Association, West Concord, Minnesota. We never knew a woman who could condense like Mrs. Trelstad has. (The Editor)

My comments on the show are simple. The show was a huge success in every way. All the engines pulled good on the brake and the sawmill was very interesting. The wing feeders on the big separators were interesting to all because there are very lew left in this part of the state. And everyone I talked with wants another show next year. And that is very important.

MRS. MARILYN TRELSTAD, Sec., R. D. 2, West Concord, Mnnesota.


Sent in by HARRY E. TRUAX, R. D. 1, Hanlin Station, Pa.

It gladdened the hearts of the youngsters as the man in the cab would acclaim, With a wave, and a blast of the whistle As he throttled the speed of his train. In its wake, sprang up towns and great cities, many shops, and the wealth of the farm.

It moved troops, and long trains of equipment, when our nation was filled with alarm The great power of steam that it symboled, may soon have passed out of sight, But the memories, so many have cherished, will always remain, of its might.

A salute to the great locomotive, As it passes the 'green' near the bend, Its coming brought gladness, and riches, Its power paved the way, to the end.

By E. M. Mulcahy


Our thanks to Marcus Leonard, Salina, Kansas, for this article.

I am attaching notes on Wm. 'Billie' Grumbein and Will Bruce.

Billie Grumbein and I worked as competitors several years and for the same companies six years, and personally I do not hesitate to write, I think Billie Grumbein, when at his best, was the best salesman of threshing machinery in Kansas and probably as good as any other in the U.S. Billie Grumbein was worthy of a few lines in the ALBUM.

Will Bruce was a former customer of mine and an exceptionally good engine man. Theo. A. Holmquist, 69, a former customer of mine, is to be buried this afternoon.

You will notice, the oldest of the three was 73. Should I hang around until Saturday, April 23rd, I will be 83 and do not understand why I have been permitted to be here the last five years. Many young and worthy men have passed on.

Two letters from readers of the ALBUM were received this morning Good letters, written by good men, have come from many States and Canada. Wm. 'Billie Grumbein, 73, died unexpectedly April 1, 1955 at his home one mile west of Salina. Avery Company employed him in 1911 as a Block-man on the Gt. Bend Block. No other employee of that company more full enjoyed the confidence of Avery Company than 'Billie' Grumbein and in 1921 he was appointed Branch Manager at Salina. 'Billie' Grumbein, from about 1914 until 1921, when at his best, was considered the best salesman of threshing machinery in Kansas.

William 'Will' Bruce, 61, of Elmo, Kansas, may have been a subscriber to the ALBUM. Funeral services for him, were held yesterday, April 20, at Hope, Kansas. Will Bruce was a fine man.