SOOT IN THE FLUES

Soot in the flues

Walt Thayer

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Hi out there in Engine Land! Another year gone by and we'll soon be well into the new 1979 Hope this year lets you catch up with some of those things you didn't quite accomplish in 1978. Right now you have a few months to get busy on those jobs you want finished by show time and also to send us some more stories and pictures and bits of interest for the Iron-Men Family.

The following picture and story was sent to us by WALT THAYER, Wenatchee, Washington 98801 as he sent us a copy of (The Railroad Evangelist Paper). This story was in this paper and was from John D. Livingston, Sec. Trea., Columbia River Chapter R.E.A., 8502 N.E. Kogan Road, Vancouver, Washington 08665 as he wrote to Brother Herman Rose, Editor of above mentioned paper. His address is Route 4, Box 36 D, Spencer, Indiana 47460:

Dear Brother Rose:

The picture is of the B.N. Passenger Station in Vancouver, Washington, painted by a brakeman on the S.P. RR. As you can see on the picture, the station is located near the Columbia River. The building was erected in 1912 and is now considered for restoring as a landmark by the city of Vancouver, with the help of a Federal grant. The lower level housed the B.N. Ry. communication center and the ticket office, foyer and baggage room which is leased to AMTRAK. The upper level is occupied by the mechanical department offices, the road foreman's office and the office of the car clerk.

I began working as night ticket agent in Vancouver in 1965 for S.P.&S. and got the day ticket agent's position about 1969. This position I held at the time of the merger. When AMTRAK leased the station in 1973, I was appointed Lead Ticket Agent. This is the position that I am still holding. My railroad life started in 1955, three years after I arrived in America with my wife, Marjorie and our two children, Roger, 5 and Eva, 3 years old. Needless to say, the first years in this U.S. America were tough in more ways than one. Not knowing the language, it was hard to get any work. But with the help of Cod and helpful friends I was able to get a job with a road construction company later as a baker at Nabisco.

As my interest was to get an interesting rewarding position on the Railroad, I studied telegraphy and at the same time tried to learn the American language.

In the summer of 1955 I took a telegraphers job on the S.P.&S. Ry. and working the extra board, I was to 30 from one station to the other in the states of Washington and Oregon before I landed my first position as a relief operator in Maupin on the Deschutes River in Oregon. From then on I had to bid in different jobs until I got my first ticket job here in Vancouver.

It has been exciting and rewarding and we have had many opportunities to serve our blessed Lord and Saviour both with music as well as the Word. Also we have had the joy to help build churches in some of the places that we have been.

I was saved at the age of six and am praising God for his help and keeping power for now over fifty years. It has not always been a life of victory but praise be to God, when I failed him He loved me enough to lift me up and give me new strength. At the age of sixteen He baptized me with his Holy Spirit and without that power I probably would not have made it as a Christian.

We are holding our R.E.A. Chapter on the first Saturday of every month. It has so far been a luncheon meeting but we are thinking of alternating and have one at lunch time and the next month meeting as a dinner meeting. This to give everyone an opportunity to attend.

Brother Rose, if you want to print all or part of this letter, please feel free to use all or whatever part you see fit. It is my hope that it can be to some blessing to someone. It is our prayer that as God has blessed us, we can share with others and be a help and blessing. God is Love and full of mercy and not willing that anyone should perish. We shall soon see our blessed Lord in an open sky. May He find us occupied in his work and find us faithful in the task that He has given us. Each one of us is an individual. No one else just like us. God has made us that way so he can use us in a special way, in a service for which He has made us and called us. No person can do our work for us. It is therefore our prayer that we shall be faithful and willing to serve in whatever capacity we are called to serve.

Anyone wanting to know more about this above mentioned paper, write to Herman Rose at his address (listed above). Paper is $4.00 per year, $10.50 for three years.

JIMMY G. JONES, 620 Locust, Carrolton, Illinois 62016 sends this letter: 'I am a new subscriber to I.M.A. and I think that it is great. I was not lucky enough to be born in the age of steam or even around it. Three years ago our family went to a steam show at Pinckneyville, Illinois, and I found that I had been missing very much out of life. Since then we have gone to every show within range and some out of range.

We go to every show possible. I can't begin to tell how much I have learned by seeing and talking to these old timers, which is why I am writing. I still have much to learn. I am 33 years old, but feel I have missed so much and I would like to know more about these great engines.

I know it would be old stuff to most of the readers, but would it be possible to have a small portion of I.M.A. for people like me? Explain the workings of these old engines and separators. After talking to a lot of these fine men that own, run and have built and repaired all these machines, I am sure they would be glad to supply the information and maybe even a drawing now and then. (Jimmy, if the men send us articles such as you're talking about, we'd be happy to print themStart writing again, we're waiting for your material fellows!)

I hope some day to be able to afford an engine and to be a part of these shows and not just an onlooker. I have two boys and a girl and if I had an engine, they would be right there with mean to me that is what life is all about these wonderful old machines, the family together, old friends and new ones to be made hope they never end and may we never live without the Lord. (And I'll say Amen to that Jimmy and I surely hope you get your engine and can continue to make many visits to the shows also, maybe some of these old timers will drop you a line.)

MRS. RAY ARMACOST, 2229 Koehler Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45414 writes us: 'My husband died May 29, 1977, and it certainly has been a very lonely year and still is Ray and I certainly enjoyed the thresher meets very much and he went to so many and the far the rest one we attended was the one in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Four years in a row, even had my brother and wife to join us one year. Then last year our plans were to go together again, but that was not in God's plan.

May I state to you we have all our subscriptions of magazines filed in plastic bags separated by year. We also took a lot of movie films as Roy always stated some day we could show them to our grand nephews and nieces. We didn't have any children but do have 24 nephews and nieces and 14 grand-nephews and nieces.

I personally want to wish you all the success in your future meets. Thank you kindly for everything. (Thank you for writing us Mrs. Armacost and may God bless you.)

Another letter from WALT THAYER, Wenatchee, Washington 98801 with some information on the unclassified photos in Nov.-Dec. 1978 issue: #1. sawing lumber with a Case? #2. Looks very much like a Steam Skidder or Log Hauler mounted on rubber tires. Very unusual and all except wheels resemble steam locomotive. #3. Looks like a very old Case. #4. Somebody's grandchild at the throttle of a scale model Avery. #5. Looks like a Reeves under mounted or Peerless with hard rubber tires. #6. Tractor on right looks like an old Aultman Taylor as does the other one. #7. Side view of under mounted (?) Avery about 25-50 or more. #8. Old horse power threshing rig note center with horse whip. If these were steam railway engines I could score about 100.

MRS. WAYNE W. WACHAL, 905 Forest Home Drive, Francis Creek, Wisconsin 54214 writes I.M.A.: 'Could you please help me? We have two Eagle tractors which were made in Appleton. A 1930 B and a 1935 Eagle. We would like to know the color of the lettering on the tractor and also the color of the tractor.' (I'll bet someone has the answer for you so keep watching the mail.)

Enclosed see picture of the Silsby Steam Fire Engine that was built in Buffalo, New York by the Gies Company in the 1890s. It was sent to us by William Grove Steam Engine Association, Box 332, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania 17070. (Interesting, don't you agree?)

You know we had asked you folks to send us recipes with the hopes of compiling a Recipe Book we did get some response, but not nearly enough. A few people sent many recipes, but we would like only 1, 2, or 3 recipes from many people. Anyway, since we as yet have not received nearly enough, I think I'll insert them in the magazines from time to time. This one came from Mrs. Anna Brandt, R. D. 1, Bainbridge, Pennsylvania 17502 and is called Eastern Shore Banquet Pineapple Casserole: 1 can crushed pineapple, 4 slices toast bread cut in fine squares, 2 eggs (well beaten), 2 tablespoon flour, cup sugar, 4 tablespoons butter. Mix all together and dot with butter. Bake 45 minutes at 350. (Sounds good, but I haven't tried it).

DAVID PREUHS, Route 1, Box 139, LeCenter, Minnesota 56057 writes us: 'I'm enclosing a picture of my Nichols & Shepard Vibrator hand feed separator, which I purchased the first part of July at the Archie Stevens Estate Auction at Millville, Minnesota. It was built approximately 1875 and the size is 32 x 44. The serial number is 7909 and I believe originally it had wood wheels which must have been replaced at a later date with steel. I corresponded with the surviving relatives trying to find out where it originated from and if they knew for sure how old it was. They knew nothing about it and could not help me. So, I am writing with the hopes of someone reading about it in your column. Maybe they'll recognize it and possibly let me know a little more about this machine that has been so well taken care of for 100 years or more.

Following is a lovely prayer which would do well for each of us and so timely at the beginning of the year I wish I would have written it. I did not it comes from 'Uncle Ben's Quotebook' by Benjamin R. DeJong, simply called MY PRAYER:

Teach me, Lord, to keep sweet and gentle in all the events of life, in disappointments, in thoughtlessness of others, in the insincerity of those I trusted, in the unfaithfulness of those to whom I relied.

Help me to put myself aside, to think of the happiness of others, to hide my little pains and heartaches, so that I may be the only one to suffer from them.

Teach me to profit by the suffering that comes to me. Help me to use it that it may mellow me, not harden or embitter me; that it may make me broad in my forgiveness; kindly, sympathetic, and helpful.

And here is a timely story for the month of February, called Reality Abraham Lincoln was walking one day along a street in Springfield with his two young sons, both of whom were crying, 'Why, Mr. Lincoln, exclaimed a passerby, 'what is the matter with the children?'

'The same thing that's wrong with the rest of the world,' replied Lincoln. 'I've got three walnuts and each boy wants two.' taken from Wellsprings of Wisdom Ralph L. Woods.

Bye for now and do have a good year remember God loves you and so do I.