MILLER WRITES OF CAROLINA

Solomon Younce

A gala day and all present. Solomon Younce on the left in back row is the owner. Grandson Greer astride the lead ox. See Mr. Miller's article.

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In your November-December issue you had a picture of old time logging using a 2-wheel cart or dolly where one end of the log is loaded on the cart while the other end of the log drags on the ground. The driver rides on one of the wheel horses. This was called-a jerk-line where several teams were used. This system was used frequently when I was a boy.

Am enclosing two prints showing an earlier system of dragging log and saw-milling in North Carolina. These pictures were furnished me recently by a friend and neighbor, Theo. Greer. They were taken in 1900near Zionville, N.C., where he was born.

The mill and ox teams belonged to Solomon Younce, his grandfather, whose forebear came from Holland in the late 1700's. Mr. Greer as a boy of 5 years, is shown astride the lead ox in the picture at the mill. The logs were dragged without benefit of wheels.

C. R. MILLER Route1, Yacolt, Washington

'THE BRAVE GIRL'

Just a word about the picture in the January-February 1960 issue of the ALBUM, page 17. As you say, the 'brave girl' who did this stunt is my daughter, Joyce Calame. I am at the throttle and the owner of the engine, James Whitbey, is at the wheel.

ROY A. CALAME, R.D. 2, Orrville, Ohio

MY GUESS

My guess on the engine on page 11 of the March-April ALBUM is a Port Huron. By the rims of the drivers and hubs - and I do not remember any other company building 19 hp engines.

HENRY GUNDERSON, Box 650, Fargo, North Dakota

LETTER

I was very much interested in the pictures of the Blandy steam engine printed on page 18 and the Scheidler Portable on page 23 of the March-April ALBUM.

When I was a boy, some fifty odd years ago, my uncle owned an interest in a sawmill that was pulled by a Blandy engine of exactly the same type shown in Mr. Gay's picture. It had the octagonal shaped steam-chest on top of the cylinder and the eccentric rod shaped like a triangle. The small cast iron steam dome and curved steam line were the same. This was the second steam engine that I ever fired. My father had a Gaar-Scott a little earlier that I first tried to keep hot.

As for the old Scheidler, my brother and I bought a sawmill back in the twenties that was powered by an old engine just like the picture Mr. Crow sent in. Ours had a 10 x 12 cylinder with piston valve and the outside valve gear with the eccentric on the outer end of the crank pin. The boiler played out and the old Scheidler went for scrap in 1943 when our country needed it so badly.

Many thanks to both Mr. Gay and Mr. Crow for taking the trouble to photograph these old 'Iron Men' that I had almost forgotten.

CARL B. ERWIN, 219 North Allen Street, Harrison, Arkansas

SOME INFORMATION

About the old steam engine on the front of your March-April 1960 issue, it was interesting to me as I own and operate a small woodworking plant. I have an old International engine 42 years old that doesn't know any other work than pulling a line shaft loaded with machinery. It runs today as good as new.

About the picture of the old one-lunger gas tractor on the back page of the January-February issue -- the engine could be a Fairbanks-Morse tractor as the picture does not give a clear view of the chassis assembly. I rather think that the wheels, frame and gears are the product of the Ohio Manufacturing Co. who sold these trucks to all comers who installed their own make of engine, calling it a tractor of that make.

I had the pleasure of working on one of the old tractors that International Co. put out in 1906 with a 15 hp open crankcase, hit and miss engine. They were not successful as plow engines as the friction wheel would not deliver the full power of the engine. Kansas, at that time was a favorite place to try out all new contraptions that came out and contraptions some of them were!

AUBREY L. BOBBITT, Uniontown, Kansas

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