608 Clarks Lane, Winona, Minnesota 55987.
Your magazine provides very interesting reading and each edition is something to be looked forward to, and to be gladly received. I'm not a steam engine man as such, but I've been completely fascinated by them ever since I was a small boy, many years ago.
The revival of interest in them, and the steam shows have been wonderful in that we have chances to see engines about which we have heard but never before seen. Pictures in your magazine make visible still more engines which I have never seen in the upper Midwest, at those shows I have attended at least, such as the Frick and the Port Huron. I'm still waiting to see a Buffalo-Pitts, although I've seen their separators when I was a kid.
Before my time there was a Three Rivers steam outfit in our neighborhood. I'm wondering if a Three Rivers steam engine is anywhere in existence at this date.
So I take your magazine for my interest in only one subject, and that is steam traction engines. The old sawing, about 'one picture being worth a thousand words,' is certainly true, and I have some pictures I took last September at the Lake Region Pioneer Threshermens' Association Fall Show, Dalton, Minnesota on September 7, 1974.
This is a dandy show. It is some 320 miles distance but I've seen it the last two years and it is worth driving a lot farther than that, even at today's gasoline prices.
This is not all the pictures I took by any means, but they should reproduce quite well. I've made notes on the reverse of each, in case you care to use any of them.
This is a real quality show, and a good place to see the big M. Rumelys, Gaar-Scotts, and Nichols & Shepards, although in the 30 or so engines they have a good representation of others.
It is not for me to itemize what they have to offer, but I vouch that this is a good place to see the 'works' when it comes to the steamers of work, old tractors, 'one-lunger' gas engines, big stationary steam power plants and the usual things that go with a good show, without the hoopla of carnivals, queen contests, etc., that you see some places at 'Steam Engine Days,' where they have possibly 4 to 6 engines that are only incidental to what is actually a business promotion for the town that is 'sponsoring' it.