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Paul F. Crow, R.D.1, Box 470, Charleroi, Pennsylvania 15022 writes: 'Please inform Anna Mae concerning her Lost in the Files pages in the May-June issue, that I am laying claim to the engine numbered 5-M69. It is my 50 Case, being displayed at South Park, Allegheny County during the County Fair of J 957. Picture was taken on a Sunday when it was not fired. I believe it was the first traction engine to be shown at that fair. There were two shown in later years at the fair, but we were there first.'

And from Wm. 11. Schwiebert, Route 1, Hamler, Ohio 4.3524 we get: 'In regards to your March-April 1969 issue, Lost in the Files photos 7-R69 is of my 25-75 Up. Russell engine. This photo was taken in 1920 on the Chris Schwiebert Farm, Henry County, Ohio when we were sawing logs. The engine was new in 1918 and was a good engine.'

Another letter from Wm. S. Morgan-field, 402 F. Second St., Winner, South Dakota 57580 tells us: 'In your Lost Files' photos of the IMA May-June 1969 magazine on page 37 down near the lower right hand corner you show a photo with no number. This photo 1 sent you 5 or 6 years ago. It shows a 30 Hp. Avery undermounted engine pulling anew John Deere plow. The tags are still on the levers. This outfit was plowing here in South Dakota and picture was taken in 1912. I have a large collection of engines working in the old days.'

Odus Burggraf, Route 2 Caledonia, Ohio 43314 writes us: 'The May June Issue, Page 37, the Poor Girl (Oh My) j M69-first, I call your attention to the mules on the tank wagon. That is Jack and Jennie. I have ridden both of those mules many times, but never separately. They would not go alone. If one was ridden, it could not be out of the sight of the other.

'Secondly, that engine is a Leader 16 Hp. The hay baler is an Ann Arbor Columbia 1 7 x 22 size. The man with his foot up on the bale is my Uncle Roily Burggraf, owner of the mules. The man on the baler with the fork handle is my father, Harley Burggraf. The boy with his foot on the baler is my Uncle Frank Williams. The man clear to the left, just in the picture is my Uncle Rohlan Williams. The other three men, I don't know. The picture was taken about 1910. My father was a wholesale hay shipper and this baler rig ran year around, except for about three weeks between the old and new hay seasons. The place is near Marion, Ohio, Marion County, Morrow County, Crawford County. Those days these roads were not paved and those mules pulled on a tackle block rope many times. I was surprised to see this picture in the Album and I remember sending it in many years ago.'

And a fourth letter from J. W. Chandler, 54 North Taylor St., Frankfort, Indiana 46041. 'Here I am again! You called me Frank in your column but my name is still James or Jim as some call me. (Sorry about that-I surely did-I guess I got his name mixed with the town or something. That's what happens to these expectant grandmothers. I'm expecting a new grandchild-overdue!-Jim had sent in a letter the last issue and I wrote about it in Lost In The Files. Thanks for correcting me Frank-err Jim). The photo 2M69 was also sent in by me. This is part of the engines lined up in the late 1930's belonging to Fred H. Paul, custom thresher.

They are as follows: 20 Hp. Russell, No. 17041; 24 Hp. Port-Huron, No. 7719; 20 Hp. M. Rumely; 22 Hp. Advance; 25 Hp. Russell, late 16000's number and 20 Hp. Russell, late 16000's and a 22 Hp. Advance-barely visible. Have angle shot of same line-up. Fred still lives at Frankfort though his shop, at that time, was at Hillisburg, Indiana, 12 miles east of Frankfort, Indiana.'

And last but not least is a letter from Abram E. Johnson, R.D.2 Steurrys Road, Marion, New York 14505 who says: 'I just spent four days last weekend (this was in March with Elmer Egbert of Buckeye Steam Threshermen, Amsterdam Road, Route I, Botkins, Ohio 45306 and he showed me his March-April 1969 Album. The picture 2-R69 is his 65 Case, No. 33047 and the 12 Hp. Frick in the background. The 65 is in mint condition and carries 175 lbs. steam pressures. This engine was used in his shows threshing, plowing and saw-milling. The picture 9-R69 is his 12 Hp. Frick with Elmer standing by just after he finished refluing it. The Frick is also in mint condition.'

Thanks again to you kind folks for sending in these letters. I never really thought there would be that many answers already. One thing it surely tells us you are looking at the pictures. That makes us happy!