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A load of logs

Courtesy of Diedrich L. Dalke, 14 Auburn Court, Alexandria, Virginia 22305 A load of logs, standing there in the year of 1938 and had 19000 feet of lumber in it, 142 logs, 31/2 railroad cars full.

Diedrich L. Dalke

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An 0-6-0; and No. 14, another 0-6-0 and No. 1286, a 4-6-2. These engine belong to George Hart and are used on trips from York to Delta, Pennsylvania. George has another one a No. 1238 that he was getting ready for inspection. He runs them over what is called the Ma and Pa Railroad. No. 1286 was used all 1965 trips to Hagerstown. Photo taken in 1965 of George's engines on a siding.

R.R.3, Boonville, Missouri, Walter Shippert, R.R.1, Rochport, Missouri, Waldo Kirschman, R.R.1, Prairie Home, Missouri. I believe Stoecklein was the builder of the scale model saw mill and Shippert and Kirschman were 'Just helpers'. They had been pulling the mill with one of the scale model traction steam rigs on display. They could really make the saw dust fly. Note the gas engines on display in the background. Most all of these engines were in running condition and several were running at the time of our visit to the 5th Annual Steam Engine Show at Boonville, Missouri on August 10,1968. Also notice the scale model Rumely to the right. I failed to get the name of the builder and owner.

Both are owned by Waldo Kirschman, R.R.1, Prairie Home, Missouri. He bought the steam rig new in 1917 and the pulveriser and crusher in 1922. Kirschman did custom work throughout his community until about 1940 with these rigs and for about 20 years he pulled his brothers 36-61 Bellville separator with the Jumbo. These fellows had some rainy weather for their 3 day show, August 9, 10, and 11, but are looking forward to a bigger and better show in 1969. Gus Schrader is President and Ed Schlotzhauer is Secretary of the Boonville show. They had a real nice display of steam rigs, tractors and cars. Better luck next years fellows.

One of the collection to be seen at the Machine and Steam Museum in Henderson, Nebraska.This is a fine engine. I saw it twice. NearĀ  Henderson, Nebraska, I was born and my father operated a blacksmith shop there 1888-1894. This Museum is a fine one and there are two good Avery Undermounted engines there.

The logs are out of the Chippewa National Forest which is just east of Bemidji, Minnesota. It is standing on frozen Lake Bemidji and the horses moved it. Every year at Bemidji, Minnesota in February, they have a celebration of Paul Bunyon's Day on frozen Lake Bemidji. There were several shacks on the lake and dog races. Also airplanes took off from the lake and lots of people literally walked on water. The load of lumber I saw on the lake was like this picture. It was started by two horses. Some pulling!

There is a reference to an engine with wheels made to operate over wood tracks or peeled poles. I am enclosing a picture of such an engine. We have no information about this engine except that it was used in the state of Ohio. A friend of ours loaned us a very old picture and our nephew enlarged or blew it up to make it clearer.

In the fall, we have a sawing bee here. One of our friends brings his 8 hp. Peerless to which we hook a buzz saw, at back left of picture. A drag saw is run by our Nichols and Shepard. I am by the saw. Another drag saw was hooked to a gas engine. There were about 200 present. We steam sweet corn with out Nichols and Shepard every Sunday for our family and friends during corn season. We also saw patio block from logs.

Florida double-heading a train of 52 cars of newly-cut yellow pine lumber. A whole shipload being delivered in one lot to the Seabord Air Line Railroad at Tamiami City, six miles North of Fort Myers in 1940. Today, the Dowling-Camp Mill is gone, its railroad and engines gone, as is the Fort Myers Branch of the Seaboard Air Line. Engineer Rich at throttle of 103 and the late Roy J. collins running No. 10.

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