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Greetings in the Name of our Precious Lord! And as this is the first magazine of 1977 I certainly wish you well and God's Blessing upon each and every one of you. I'm praising the Lord for his mercy, peace, joy and I'm leaning on His everlasting arms throughout our recent problems. My husband, Ed, is in the hospital he has been having a lot of trouble with his back and has gone through agonizing pain which,, of course, does not help his morale. He is in traction and at present we do not know the outcome of the situation.

I do know this, it surely makes it rough when your loved ones are suffering and are not able to be home and function properly. I know and appreciated all the things he did when he was at home he took care of so many of the little jobs around the house, and try as I may, they seem to be piling up. Just remember us in your prayers and we will be grateful. I love you all and now must get on to the letters

HARRY E. YOUNG, II, 485 South Hillside Drive, Canfield, Ohio 44406 writes us: 'I would like to know from the readers of Soot in the Flues, what was the largest and most powerful stationary steam engine that was ever built? I know of an engine built by Mesta Machine Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which is rated at 35,000 horsepower. It is a twin tandem compound reversing engine used to drive a rolling mill at Republic Steel Company in Cleveland, Ohio. This engine is 46' & 76' bore and a 60' stroke. In 1916 this engine was installed and is still giving good service today. Does anyone know of any larger engine?'

(Please write Harry and let him know if you do, I think that is the largest I've ever heard of).

EVERETT BRADISH, 1695 West Horton Road, Route 1, Jasper, Michigan 49248 says: 'In our November-December ALBUM a Mr. Frankie Van Dusen of R. R. 1, Dawn, Missouri has asked about a heat resistant paint. Now, he should find the paint not too far away from him. The Rust-Oleum Corporation of Evanston, Illinois 60204 has a heat resistant paint in the 4100-4200 and 4300 series and he should have a hardware store close by that carries this paint or that can get it for him.' (Thanks Everett, I'm sure Frankie will appreciate your answer).

Have a new listing for the directory which will be SKINNER FARM MUSEUM sent into us by NORMAN SKINNER, JR., Route 1, Perrysville, Indiana 47974. Norman says he has collected 35 antique tractors and 18 gas engines, 2 small steam engines, moved 4 log buildings and restored them plus a 3-room frame house, plus some rare horsedrawn vehicles, plus 5 antique cars and 4 trucks and other miscellaneous items. He has done this all in his spare time as he farms and also has a weekly job in town. Norman is 33 years old. (Good luck with your Museum. I expect we'll be hearing more from you in the future).

M. VANDER VELDE, George Boyack Nursing Home, 1203 Center Avenue E, Calgary, Alberta, Canada sent this message in with his subscription: 'I'm enclosing my check for one more year's subscription. I read it now since 1967. I am 93 years old now. I ran engines from 16 years old, every year till I was 86, and I still love the smell of one. I still get to read your magazine. I live in an old folks home now for four years, and still read and write. (Praise the Lord and I wish you could see his writing. It is very legible and beautiful). I hope you may be able to publish Iron Men Album for many years to come. Wishing you all a prosperous New Year! (Thanks sir, you are an inspiration and I'm sure you are a young 93 I'll bet Mr. Van Der Velde would be happy to hear from some of the I.M.A. readers).

Recently had a statement from GEORGE Mac DONALD, 23 Landingham Avenue, Wisbech Caubs PE13 3 ED - England 'You may be interested to know that our 3rd Rally was a great success. One of our club members has built a replica of a Savage Chain Drive steam engine and this was operating a thresher and hitcher. (An elevator is referred to as a hitcher and is rather unique in as much as it pushes the straw rather than carries it).

I have just acquired after many years searching a 1942 Minneapolis Moline ZTN - a type I used to drive 30 years ago, and it is in original paint. Would be glad to hear from anyone on this item.' (I'm sorry to say there was more but I had a very difficult time deciphering the letter, so I'm not sure if the above is all exactly right glad to hear they are coming along with success in the Rallies though).

The next news article comes from one of our contributors, in name JOHN W. HEDGE, 304 Glover Drive, Longview, Texas 75601. John is 82 and sent along his picture a fine looking gent, wouldn't you say?

TOM McCUTCHEN, SUPT. Milan Field Station, Route 2, Box 133, Milan, Tennessee 38358 is in need of assistance perhaps you folks have an idea how to help him. He writes: 'I need help in obtaining information on early farm implement wrenchesthe wrenches that were usually supplied with the implement. I have started a collection of the above and need to identify those that do not have the company name on them.'

Had a letter from HICKOK & SON, Amboy, Minnesota 56010 with this footnote 'Is this a sign of inflation? We were at a sale recently. Someone said to the auctioneer (My Gosh for junk!) The auctioneer replied with (If you think it's junk, try and buy it!').'

WILLIAM E. HALL, 311 West view Avenue, Bristol, Pennsylvania 19007 has this message: 'Will Jack Norbeck please write me at the above address. I have the color slides of the green castle for you. In moving, I misplaced your address.'

MRS. BELVA BALFOUR, R. R. 1, Portland, Leeds County, Ontario, Canada KOG 1VO says: 'My husband had the loan of an Iron Men Album Magazine and has absorbed it from cover to cover really enjoyed it. He is a polio victim, retired now and enjoying his display of several small stationary steam engines which he has made from castings and scraps during the past winter months when confined to our home. He takes his outfit to engine shows and fairs has won ribbons and trophies and made countless friends from far and near many from U.S.A. who come to see us from year to year all such a tonic for a disabled person. We are ordering a subscription as the magazines will be company and helpful during winter evenings.' (We welcome you to our family it was nice to hear from you in this manner.)

A few excerpts from the October Newsletter from Central Michigan Antique Tractor Engine Club Inc. RONALD O. SMITH, 1911 Harper Road, Mason, Michigan 48854 sent this along with their 1977 Directory listing I thought you might enjoy part of their bulletin.

'You have all heard the one about how do you make antiefreeze? Hide her underwear. This is the time of year to double check all your Tractor and Engine water systems to make absolutely sure they are either drained or that the Antifreeze is strong enough to keep them from freezing up and breaking.

Several of the members were at Greenfield Village over the weekend to help them with the Fall Festival. There were by my count 65 Tractors at the Antique tractor pulling contest Saturday and I didn't count them on Sunday but I know of at least three more that came in. We expect to have a report for the next issue of the standings. Also there was a large display of Gas Engines and other antiques brought in.

Marvin Gauss' Transfer boat worked very well as was expected. I think he and his friends and neighbors who spent so much of their time and energy in designing and building it should be highly complimented for a job well done.

There were several of the fine folks from the Mid Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association, Inc. at Greenfield also. We decided it would be nice to exchange newsletters, and low and behold I received their October letter plus a copy of their By-laws this morning. They are both well written and appreciated. Thank you. Cooperation between groups is something that we don't see enough of these days.'

Lately we have been getting a lot of cash in both subscriptions and book orders. If you can conveniently do so, we would urge you to send a check or money order it protects you and us. Everyone in our organization is most trustworthy, but the mail passes through a lot of hands.

D. ROSS JOHNSON, Operating Superintendent, Ontario Hydro, Box 369, Port Credit, Ontario, Canada L5G 4M1 writes in answer to a reader's inquiry.

In your column in a recent issue of 'Iron-Men Album' a request was made for information regarding Drumheller Coal. I offer the following:

This is a sub-bituminous coal from underground mines at East Coulee in the Drumheller area of Alberta, Canada. It has a heat value of about 10,000 BTU per pound and has a low sulphur content. It is quite useful for steam production. Because of the relatively low heat value and the high cost to bring this coal over a long distance, we do not presently use it at our generating station in Ontario.

Should further information be needed, it can likely be obtained from: Century Coal Ltd., Suite 610, 140-6th Avenue, S.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2P OP5.

The following missal comes from CLYDE D. BORDER, 1473 Westgate Drive, Apt. 1, Kissimmee, Florida 32741: 'Just wanted to tell you I enjoy I.M.A. very much and look forward to each issue. It is a hard magazine to put down so thanks very much.

Here is a little story from way back in 1919. I got a job as separator man on a small rig 10-20 Titan gas tractor and 26 X 46 Red River Separator. My first job was to put new laggin on the cylinder driven pulley; made out on that one fine this all happened at Ness City, Kansas. Then we started out to thresh some oats that were tough and not too dry; all went okay until time to quit for the day, then the machine just plugged up. There were two old timers, separator men, working with us and they said that I couldn't thresh it as the oats were too wet, so being suppertime we all went in and had our meal. Then I borrowed a lantern as it was dark by then and went back to the rig to find out what the trouble was and why the thresher wouldn't take the bundles. Well I soon found the trouble as beater that was loose on the top of beater shaft. I tightened the screws and did not tell anyone what the trouble was, not even the boss. Next morning these two old separator men began to heckle me and wanted to know if I could thresh it this morning, so we got started up and I told them to pitch those bundles in, of course, all went as I thought it would and this was the start of a perfect day.'

In closing this column, I'd like to remind you of the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi I know of no better way for us to begin 1977 Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

God Bless Each One Of You and Make YOU a Blessing!