Soot in the flues

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REMEMBER The value of time. The success of perseverance. The pleasure of working. The dignity of simplicity. The worth of character. The power of kindness. The influence of example. The obligation of duty. The wisdom of economy. The virtue of patience. The improvement of talent. The joy of originating Bulletin.....I just thought if you have no idea as to which paths to follow in 1984the above might give you a few suggestions. I'm sure I can improve in most of the areas.

As always I am amazed to realize another year is almost history. As I prepare this writing though, it is still October and we have the whole Holiday Season around and before us but that is business and progress we have to be way ahead of due dates of issue of magazine so many folks don't realize that, and I suppose until I was involved, I didn't either. I had many things I wanted to get in about the Holiday Season but this is the New Year issueso look ahead to the brand new year and I guess we all wonder What's in store in '84and I also believe perhaps we don't know that answer except day by day. And on to the letters...

An interesting letter comes from FRANCIS J. CARDAMONE, president of Iron-Age Machine Museum, 160 Canal Street, Staten Island, New York 10304. He writes: 'I am developing a museum which will be dedicated to late 19th Century, early 20th Century trade industrial machinery. My ten year plan is to set up a working museum of restored machines on line with shafting and pulleys so that people can see and appreciate the trade work done by Americans around the turn of the century.'

'I am trying to locate machines of the woodworking, foundry, metal working, including sheet metal and tinsmithing; stone cutting and masonry; printing and bookbindery; glass working including bevelling and grinding; blacksmithing, electrical generators and lighting equipment and other items of greater or lesser obscurity.'

'Phase one is acquisition and restoration, no actual displays yet, but that will come in time.'

(We'll be looking to hear more about your museum efforts, Francis. Please keep us informed. Meanwhile, we hope the IMA Family will be helpful to you in your endeavors.)

ALFRED H. BORSTAD, #5 Holiday Village, Devils Lake, North Dakota 58301 sends this: 'I want to write a few words though it is hard to write since I have become nearly blind the past year. The Veteran's Hospital has done a lot of good for me so far.

'In the Sept/Oct issue of IMA the picture on the top of page 13 shows a Pioneer tractor. They used to pull about six or eight plows and were quite well liked in the western part of the state, together with the Big Four and big Avery and Oil Pulls for breaking prairie.'

'Steam engines were not too popular there because of the lack of water, much of which was full of alkali which was hard on boiler flues.'

'I helped in the middle of another harvest this year, but I find very little in it now to interest me. It's no longer like the old days. I've run Case, Nichols and Shepard, both wooden and steel machines and a wooden International and worked with Aultman-Taylor, Avery steel and wooden Minneapolis machines but can't seem to warm up to a combine at all.'

And one of the letters that really is about Christmas, but I'm sure would thrill you steam fiends comes from JUDY BERGER who writes:

'I am the secretary of our club in Northern Kentucky, and I have been asked by a number of our club members as well as other clubs to send a copy of my poem to your publication.'

'I sincerely hope that your readers will have as much fun and enjoyment out of reading it, as I had in writing it.' Judy is Secretary of the Northern Kentucky Gas & Steam Engine Association in Dry Ridge, Kentucky 41035.


By Judy Berger

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Park
Not a creature was stirring, and boy, was it dark!
The stockings were hung on the rail fence with care
In hopes that Santa soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Avery drove in their heads,
And Dad in his Levi's and I in my cap
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap.

When out on the road there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my camper to see what was the matter.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a string of steam engines all in high gear.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his engines they came,
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name.
On Huber, now Avery, on Frick and on Scott!
On Keck Gonnerman, now Case, Advance Rumely and Gaar Scott.

To the top of the hill, to the top of the rise,
They were belching smoke to the skies.
So up the steep grade they all roared with power'
Their smoke stacks puffing! Twas a great hour.

With fire boxes blazing and boilers full of steam,
Twas the perfect answer to an engine man's dream!
All the injectors were working, they were doing their thing,
The flywheels were turning, while the governors sang.

And just then as the smoke and steam began to part
From deep in the mist, I saw a plump, round, red figure dart.
He filled all the stockings which were hung in a row,
He turned with a twinkle and started to go.

He sprang to his engine and fired up his boiler
He oiled up his pistons and took on more water
As the sweat ran down the back of his collar,
I heard his laugh and I heard him holler!

I heard the steam hissing and the great whistle blast;
His chore was almost finished, completed at last!
I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight,
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

CALVIN HARMAN, R.R. 2, Box 227, Claypool, Indiana 46510 would like to know the whereabouts of the 19-65 Port Huron engine, No. 7312.

An item you may be interested in comes from CLIFF B. SHIRLEY, 2009 West 71st Street, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208: 'The item in the Sept/Oct issue of IMA about the 'Smallest Engine in the World' was interesting. However, my guess is that the claim will be challenged by somebody.

There is another extremely small stationary engine model in the Franklin Institute. I was told there that it will run on five drops of water, with heat produced by the burning of three drops of alcohol on a bit of cotton. If true, the story of this engine should be of interest to many readers of your fine magazine.

I'd also like to suggest more about what I call 'city steam'. Some of us didn't see steam on the farm. We lived in the city and saw steam shovels, cranes and rollers. We usually didn't have the opportunity to get as close to these machines as did the farm boy who watched or did lesser jobs near the threshing rig. So, I'm always pleased to read about the steam engines used in the cities.

Thank you for a fine magazine.

I think you will enjoy the following writing which comes from DON NAISH, 3854 Crawford Road, Dryden, Michigan 48428: 'In the Sept/Oct issue, Soot in the Flues, there is a picture and letter from Wayne L. Mc Clellan. As a reader of IMA for the past several years, I have some comments and pictures that may be of interest.

'The pump in Wayne's picture was used for boiler feeding and was known as a 'doctor'. On most boats they pumped river water and were single stage. On some towboats that were condensing, they pumped condensed exhaust steam back to the boilers and were two stage.'

'The two pictures I enclose are of the 'Gordon C. Greene' on which I was an engineer in 1940, and her doctor or feed pump. I also was an engineer on the 'Patricia Barrett' which had this type of feed pump. They were very reliable.'

'I have held chief engineer's license for many years and retired five years ago as, among other things, superintendent of the power house at Buick Motor Division. I would be interested in exchanging reminiscences with others interested in steam or most any kind of mechanical equipment.'

'I enjoy reading your magazine and the tales it contains. Hope this information is of interest to someone.'

This message comes as a result of inquiry in the column. It is from JAMES G. STEWART, Minnesota City, Minnesota 55959: 'The picture on page 13 of Sept/Oct issue of an early road grading crewthe tractor is a 30-60 Pioneer which was made in Winona, Minnesota in the years 1908 to 1921. They came out in 1921 with a 15-30 model and I don't believe they manufactured very many. Times were changing and they had to make something lighter. The 30-60 Pioneer and the 30-60 Rumely Oil Pull were considered to be the best two tractors in their day. I knew a man that ran both of them, when he was just a kid, in 1915-16. He hauled grain 35 miles over the prairie roads to the nearest elevator, pulling seven wagons. It would go four miles an hour, but the Rumely would only go two miles per hour.

'I saw the Pioneer pull 22 plows in sandy soil at the County Fair at Winona about 1910 with two gangs hooked together. The Pioneer 30-60 played a big part in developing the great northwest, as did the 30-60 Rumely Oil Pull. There were very few Pioneers sold locally and the most of them went to Canada, the Dakotas and Montana. I don't know why they went out of business but I heard they had made some money and did not want to reinvest it because they would have to retool their shop inorder to keep up with the times. By the way I have always lived in Minnesota City which is only six miles from Winona.'

'This will mark by 65th year of threshing since 1919. We still do our own threshing. I have three threshing machines, a Woods, Case and Belle City; a Rumely Oil Pull and 66 Minneapolis Molines. By the way I am 82 years old. I hope this information will be helpful.' (I'd say you are 82 years young and quite an inspirationthanks for writing.)'

FRANCIS R. SCHLEPPI, 6023 E. Walnut Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081 tells us: 'I have an article that should be of interest to the readers. It is from the Ohio Farmer Magazine and I have secured permission for reprint from Andrew L. Stevens, Editor.'

'While attending the Pinckneyville, Illinois Show last year, I was looking over a Keck-Gonnerman engine that had two kerosene lamps mounted on the smoke box,' states WALTER H. PAGE, Box 33, Monrovia, Indiana 46157.'

He continues: 'In the course of my conversation with the man firing up the engine, I wondered if thee were lights mounted originally on this engine. He remarked that he didn't know, but wanted to know if I recognized the engine. No, I didn't. He asked if I read Anna Mae's column in the IMA. I told him Yes. Well, this is the engine pictured at the head of the column, Engine No. 1788. He said he didn't know how it got there. Anna Mae, do you have an explanation? (The only thing I know, Walter, is that Roy Glessner drew it, but I'm not sure if he just numbered it, or was really looking at a photo of one.) 'Well, anyway the No. 1 picture is of the real Keck 1788 taken at the 1983 Pinckneyville Show. The picture of Paul Wyatt of Pleasant Plains, Illinois is after he had just been in the firebox and rolling some leaky flues.'

Someone said it must be real clean in there after he came out. The other man is me looking in the smokebox door.

'By the way, could someone tell me a formula for figuring the horsepower of an engine turning a Baker Fan? Seems as if there should be something, area of blades, number of blades and RPM??'

CHARLES O. HARTLEY, 1629 Robbins, Grand Haven, Michigan 49417 is a new subscriber who picked up old copies of IMA at shows. He writes, 'One of those old ones had the announcement of Ritzman's sale in it. I am interested in knowing the present ownership/location of the Birdsall and Lansing engines.

'My hobby is making 35 mm slides of the various engines and I have attended several shows over the last two yearsthe Michigan show for many years.'

(These engines were both sold to Paul Russell, Route 1, Morrisville, North Carolina. I think he may have sold one or both of them, but don't know for surecan any of the readers help?)

Speaking of gifts for any season, the following may make you think twice, or at least study your motives: An angel was visiting a city, observing people without being observed. One night he noted a hungry newsboy fallen asleep. A young lady came along with a male companion. Seeing the newsboy, she shyly in her pity dropped a sixpence into his pocket and was coming away when the young man with her gave another sixpence and an old lady standing by gave three pence and another young man, though not very heartily, handed in a shilling. So that, after all had been quietly slipped into the little sleeper's pocket, he had received two shillings and three pence. Delighted, the angel flew away to notify the great recording angel about the good deed he had just witnessed. 'I know, I know,' said the recording angel, 'see it is all written down already, as the Lord told me,' and he showed him the book. But there was only nine pence recorded, nine pence recorded, 'Because,' as he went on to explain, 'that young maiden gave sixpence out of her love, and the aged lady gave three pence out of pity, but the young escort gave because he wanted to be thought well of by the young lady, and the other young man gave because he did not want to be thought mean. These last two do not count.'

Wellsprings of Wisdom, Ralph L. Woods

And in ending just a few quips for the New Year... New Year's Day starts out by making both ends of the years meet....Many a man who celebrates the arrival of the new year should celebrate instead the survival of the old.