Soot in the flues

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Gee, we had so many nice letters complimenting us on the last issue of Iron-Men Album Makes us feel real good and we'll put forth all effort to keep it as interesting as you say it is.

A. L. RENNEWANZ, New Rockford, North Dakota 58356 wrote: 'It's been quite some time since I have written on any subject must make comment on cover picture of Nov.-Dec. 71 issue. I have attended a number of the American Threshermans Shows at Pinckneyville, Illinois and southern Illinois is Keck-Gonnerman country. The below picture (which was taken on the fairgrounds where the show is held). We see two good-looking Keck-Gonnerman engines right up front Number 1787 and Number 1788. Coincidence? Not only that, but Ole 1788 which has been Coat of Arms you might say for 'Soot in the Flues.' Now, might we sometimes have a picture of the Gentleman peering into the smoke-box of Ole 1788? Show, de man widde big cigardare ya-How about it, huh?'

Don't dare us too far A. L. sometimes it's better to let things as they are-thanks for your interest anyhow and for recognizing the engine. You might be surprised if he (?) turns around.

And NOAH WENGERD, R. D. 1, Box 237, Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 15552 wrote: 'The Nov.-Dec. issue is so interesting I can hardly quit reading it-and such good pictures someone still has good ones. But the old-timers never write enough go until it is real interesting then quit. Keep up the good work. One thing nice about your magazine-no quarreling like some have of course you have to have different views and so on.'

Thanks Noah, we understand your interest.

There were quite a few more letters praising the Nov.-Dec. issue. And we all thank you for taking the time to tell us you like our ALBUM.

Which brings me to this little paragraph on PRAISE A noted editor once noticed a particularly fine achievement by a friend, also an editor. He thought he would write immediately a letter of congratulations to his friend. But he didn't. There was a day or two of delay, and then he said to himself, 'Oh pshaw! He will get hundreds of other notes about it, so I shall not bother him with mine.' Then he met his friend and told him how it happened he had failed to send his letter of commendation. 'How many do you think I did receive?' asked the friend. The editor guessed many scores. But the real answer was, 'Not one.'-John T. Faris

Isn't this above story true, many times we mean to write a person a letter or call or visit but soon it escapes our memory and like the man in the story we think they'll get many calls from others or etc. I think the moral to this is when you have an inspiration to do any of these little good deeds do them right away don't put it off it will be too late.

And now on to the letters from your fellow readers.

ROBERT R. JOHNSON, 1108 E. Forrest Hill Ave., Peoria, Illinois 61603 would like to know if anyone could fill him in on the biography of the author, William T. King who wrote 'History of the American Steam Fire Engine'.

I'm sorry I know nothing more than he is the author of the book could anyone out in the states send Mr. Johnson any communication on this subject?

MARVIN CAIRNS, 1603 Husted Ave., San Jose, California 95125 would like to have the name of a company or person who sells scale model steam engines or engine casting she would like to build a 1/3 or scale model traction engine. Now I know we have some folks who have all kinds of steam parts and etc. and H. Eltz, Juniata, Nebraska 68955 sells little model steam engines, but they are not the traction engines do you know of any?

G. M. BENJAMINSON, Edinburg, North Dakota 58227 writes us: 'According to the statement on page 19 Nov.-Dec. I. M. A. you people did not know that the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Association has a C. O. D. tractor at Rollag, Minnesota. This tractor is owned by Mr. Elmer Larson of Moorhead, Minnesota and was completely restored and rebuilt in his machine shop in Fargo, North Dakota. Evidently the people at Culbertson, Montana did not know about this one.'

I guess not, Mr. Benjaminson, and I still don't know what C. O. D. means do you?

NEWT HOWELL, 739 North Main Street, Shelbyville, Tennessee 37160 wants to know the colors the Frick Eclipse traction engine was originally painted. How about dropping him a line fellows and let him know I'm not sure.

A letter from JOHN A. HOWE, R. R. 5, Trenton, Ontario, Canada states: 'We have located and bought an oil engine very close to home, dating back around the 1900's. The make of the engine is 'The Blackstone' Carter's Patent 89256 246-11-03 Oil Engine British Patent Nos. 19640-00. Sold in Canada under Blackstone Oil Engine Agents, Canadian Foundry CO-LTD.

Description of this engine is 5' bore, 9-10' stroke, the two flywheels are 42' diameter, 4' width, 4' web with curved spokes with no base. Set on a cement pier. The crankshaft is 42' in width with a counter balanced crank.

What I would like to know is what horsepower this engine is and any information anyone has. We have to take the engine out of the cellar in pieces as there is no outside entrance, thus we have no pictures yet.

Please Guys, if you know anything, let John hear from you this letter has been here quite a while and I guess I should have put it in Gas but I know quite a few of you take both magazines.

ARTHUR A. ZUHN, 116 Hilton Court, East Peoria, Illinois 61611 pens us a letter as follows: 'Your magazine has been referred to me by the Henry Ford Museum as a possible source of information about one of their exhibits. I am searching for information on a Baker steam traction engine built around 1925 at Swanton, Ohio. It employed a self-feeding stoker and a condenser. I am hoping to find a late catalog or operating manual describing the machine. Baker's catalog No. 22, which I have, does not list such a late or technically advanced model.'

O. K. Fellows, let's make a showing and prove his efforts to be worthwhile.

CLYDE S. WALTON, 4208 Old Berwich Road, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 17815 says: 'I have purchased a Peerless traction engine, serial number 10982. Can you tell me what year it was made, advertised horsepower and approximate price it sold for new?'

Three questions for you veterans and I'm sure you can help Clyde.

MICHAEL GRABOWSKI, Box 569, Sidney, Montana 59270 is looking for books on power plant steam boilers. He tells us he has two books published by Audels, but if he could get better ones, he would be happy to acquire them. Right now, he is concentrating on operation and adjustments of steam tractors.

Any ideas, Gang?

MARK SHELDON, 1201-35th St. N. E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402 writes: 'I am interested in knowing about 'Tiny Power, Steam Models and Supplies'. I have not seen or heard about them for a few years. Are they still in business? If they are, could you tell me their address and if they have a catalog?'

I don't know the answer to this letter either and wonder if you fellows would drop Mark a line. Thanks!

Another inquiry from RON KRUGER, Box 1086, Stettler, Alberta, Canada as he would like to know if the J. I. Case have the castings for the steam traction engine. Could you help him out? I don't quite understand the question entirely. Oh, what would I do without all you wonderful people?

SAM MYERS, R. R. 1, Temple Road, Brookville, Ohio 45309 had this drawing on his envelope when he wrote us recently. He drew it isn't it great?

And from C. SYD MATTHEWS, Box 1300, Mea ford, Ontario, Canada comes this RECIPE FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR-(Thanks Syd, I kept it for this issue.)

Take twelve, fine, full-grown months, see that these are thoroughly free from all old memories of bitterness, rancor, hate and jealousy; cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past have them as fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time.

Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. This batch will keep for just one year. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot in this way), but prepare one day at a time, as follows:

Into each day put twelve parts of faith, eleven of patience, ten of courage, nine of work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), eight of hope, seven of fidelity, six of liberality, five of kindness, four of rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad don't do it), three of prayer, two of meditation, one well selected resolution. If you have no conscientious scruples, put in about a teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play and a heaping capful of good humour.

Pour into the whole love; add liberally, and mix with vim. Cook thoroughly in a fervent heat; garnish with a few smiles and a sprig of joy, then serve with quietness, unselfishness and cheerfulness, and a HAPPY NEW YEAR is a certainty.