Now We Have Four Generations of Steam Fans

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In your January/February 1986 issue, there was an article called 'Three Generations of Steam Men.' This is my family. We have received your magazine for many years and have enjoyed it very much.

Rumely 30 HP plowing at Little Log House Antique Show, Curt Leighty, Curtis Leighty, and Owen Zimmer running the engine.

Gaar Scott 25 HP double cylinder getting ready to plow at the Historical Society at Rochester, Minnesota. George Ohlman and Don Fern standing on the plow platform waiting for the steam engineers to make some adjustments.

We now have another generation in the picture that is interested in steam. She is our great-granddaughter Crissy, who is nine years old. She helps her dad with a scale Model Rumely that we have. She understands the safety rules of operating a steam engine. She has been with her dad on the steam engines since she was able to walk. She is learning a great deal about steam and is enjoying it! She is planning to get her engineer's license some day. We are so proud to have four generations interested in steam!

This past summer we were invited to the Rumely Reunion in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The four generations took our 30 horse Rumely and our scale model Rumely to the show. The 30 horse Rumely is the only one that we know of that is still in working condition. My great-granddaughter helped with the scale model. She listened very carefully to what her dad was explaining about running the steam engine.

My steam family keeps their steam engines at the Little Log House Antique Power show grounds, Hastings, Minnesota. We have three steam engines, a 25 horse Gaar Scott, a 30 horse Rumely, and a scale model Rumely. These engines are in working condition. We plow, saw lumber, thresh grain and make shingles on a shinqle mill.

Every year in late July we go to the Little Antique Power Show in Hastings, Minnesota. This is a real family affair. Steve Bauer of Hastings is in charge of it. His wife Sylvia plants and cares for a big beautiful flower garden. This picture of the past can't be beat, as it has so many buildings filled with old and numerous antique tractors and equipment. The show runs three days and draws a large crowd. This year the show is on July 23, 24, and 25. Come see the action and take a glance at the past.

Four generation of the Leighty family-from left, Glen, Curtis, and Curt standing in front, with Crissy perched behind them- at the 1998 Antique Acres Rumely Expo. For their story.

My four generations of steam include: Curtis, my husband, who is 90 years old worked many years as a fireman on the Milwaukee Railroad when they had steam locomotives.

Glen, my son, is 53 years old and works at the University of Minnesota in the veterinary department; his father took him as a little child to watch the locomotives come into town, and explained all about them and how they worked. Curt, my grandson, 34 years old, is a mechanical designer at Despatch Industries in Lakeville, Minnesota. He has helped his grandfather on the traction engines ever since he was a small child; his grandfather taught him all about how steam engines work and about safety operating them. Crissy, my great-granddaughter, is nine years old and goes to school in Prescott, Wisconsin.

I want to thank Steve Bauer of Little Log House Antique Power Show in Hastings, for his many acts of kindness and for being interested in our steam engines and us. I also want to thank Randy Schwerin of Sumner, Iowa, for making it possible for us to bring our engines to the Rumely Reunion at Cedar Falls, Iowa.

My husband Curtis has always been interested in helping the younger generations learn about steam engines, how they are run, and the safety involved in running them. He does this so that their era doesn't die and to keep it in the public eye. 'Old steam engines never die, they just steam away.'