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'Picture #13road trip!!! This is my brother Terry's and my 81/2 x 10 Frick on our way to a local Veteran's Day Parade back in 1991. Our girlfriends went along on this trip. We had the engine's side tank and the tank on the homemade wagon filled with water and the rest of the wagon and the platform of the engine stacked full of wood. We left my dad's farm at about 8:00 a.m. Six miles and three hours, a full load of wood and all but 75 gallons of water later, we were at the parade lineup area. Once there we fueled up again, went through the parade and then headed home. The girlfriends weren't interested in accompanying us the whole way home this time. We got home just as the sun was setting, but the temperature outside was close to freezing already, so it was necessary to drain all external plumbing and maintain a fire all night. Thanks to my dad for keeping the fire and therefore allowing me and my brother to get back to the towns we lived in at that time.

'That trip home was a definite learning experience on firing with wood. That lesson was that you can't climb the steep hills if all you have is large (very) green chunks. Oh what we would have done for a pile of pine 2 x 4's!

'Yes, I am walking beside my truck, and yes, the engine is moving at this time. The picture was taken by my girlfriend's parents. This was the first time they saw my engine.

'The Baker, picture #14, was also at this same parade and was also driven there by Sam Kolva, the owner. Sam was 82 years old at that time. It was Sam who gave me some of my first experiences operating engines, most of which were roading from his place to the Gratz Tractor Show and back. One time when the tractor show was over, Terry and I drove his two Bakers (Sam's son owned one, also) home. Going up a fairly steep hill on the way home, I just had to get off and walk alongside so I could hear the full bark of those Bakers. Both of them were 23-90s and at least one was a Uniflow.

'Sam is one of the true old time steam men, having run engines for a living.

'If I had to come up with a caption for picture #15, I'd call it 'Finally Time To Play!' This was taken at one of Nittany Valley's shows. If I remember right, this was the Case Heritage show and the Nittany people wanted to run both a Case and Frick threshing outfit at the same time. We volunteered this Frick, of course. We ran into a little problem though. They only had one long belt. The short belt would have put our stack right beside the feeder on the thresher. To avoid this, we were, however, able to belt up to the thresher over the rear of the engine. This was one of Frick's advertising points. Terry and I have done it numerous times, from at our home sawmill out of necessity to sawing at Williams Grove to the aforementioned threshing. I wish I could have gotten a picture of this threshing scene, it was pretty neat looking!

'I'll finish up with a shot to get everyone thinking about spring and the coming shows. Picture #16 is 'the best seat in the house.'

'Hope I didn't put you guys to sleep, and I hope to see some of your pictures in future issues. And Dave, I won't be upset if I see a picture of our Frick pushing that big Peerless of yours out of the mud! I'll leave it up to you to set the story straight!'

Now for something a little out-of-the-ordinary: RUSS KASTEN, 815 N. Superior Avenue, Tomah, Wisconsin 54660, writes: 'This is a photo of 'Engine Rock' located in Monroe County, Wisconsin, on top of Jacksonville Pass. This formation can be seen from Interstate 90 east of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, at mile marker 36. Look northeast to the top of the ridge. Best viewing is during the winter when it's least obscured by oak trees. Notice the concrete repair. Gramp and the neighbor kids tried to chisel the smokestack off in the early 1900s. Glad they didn't succeed. He said they also would blow a steam whistle up on that ridge. For a boiler they used a five gallon bucket! He said they were lucky they didn't blow themselves up!

'Currently I'm trying to get permission to install a two inch steam whistle onto our steam plant where I work and I'm meeting all kinds of resistance. I could sure use some backing from fellow steam enthusiasts as to why we need a steam whistle. Perhaps a history of whistles, emergency uses, etc. My best argument so far is that a part of Americana will be passing us by if we don't make use of this whistle. Can some of you please respond and help me on this venture?'

LOUIS PATTERSON, 308 W. Frisco, Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631 writes: 'On the back page of the March/April issue you misidentified two engines. You said that the Baker engine was on the left and the Advance Rumely was on the right. But the truth is the engine on the right is a Baker and the engine on the left is an Advance Rumely. I love reading your magazine! Keep up the good work!'

Oops, someone goofed! Whether it was us or we can blame it on our printer, we apologize for the mixup, and thank Louis for pointing it out!

From NANCY FOWLER, P. O. Box 102, Eaton, New York, 133340102 we received an invitation for our readers: 'Eaton Fire Department was once the pattern shop for the Wood, Taber & Morse steam engine works. Before Wood, Taber & Morse steam works, A. N. Wood was the founder of this company here in Eaton.

'We will be celebrating Eaton's Fire Department's 50th anniversary, an Old Hometown Day, and a steam show on July 13, 1997. It will be the first time in over 100 years that steam revisited Eaton again. You'll be hearing from us!'

LEO BARD, 25054 Lehigh, Dearborn Heights, Michigan 481251639, says, 'As a novice to engine ownership, I am turning to IMA for some information.

'I recently became the proud owner of what I understand to be a rather rare engine. In the late fall of 1996, I purchased a 1910 'Leader' from a gentleman in northern Ohio. The Leader was built by the Marion Manufacturing Company of Marion, Ohio. (Although there are letters cast into various parts of the engine reading 'The Ohio Tractor Mfg. Co.')

'Anna May Schwaderer, a generous collector from Marion, Ohio, supplied photocopies regarding the Leader gleaned from a publication, The Encyclopedia of American Steam Traction Engines by J. Norbeck (1976). On page 169 of that book are two photos of a 20 HP engine which, at that time, was owned by a Mr. Charles Deeds, of London, Ohio. This is in fact the very engine which I have purchased. How many people may have owned it between Mr. Deeds and the fellow I bought it from, I have no idea. Whether Mr. Deeds is still with us, I have no idea. If he is, I would surely like to hear from him.

'The Leader is a 20 HP simple, single, with a wet bottom, butt-strap boiler. This engine seems to be in quite good condition mechanically although some amount of work is needed. It does however need extensive cosmetic help. Over the winter I have been able to give it a lot of attention and in the coming summer I expect it to run well and look pretty good, although the whole job will take at least one more winter. In the near future I hope to be able to take the engine to shows in the Michigan/Ohio area.

'The information I would like IMA to help with is in deciphering the bronze tag affixed to the boiler. While some items are understood (lbs., sq. ft.), the rest is Greek to me. I have enclosed a 'rubbing' of the plate, as there is a symbol on it which I may not reproduce too well. The engine is said to have been re boilered at some time and this may explain the 1936 date even though the engine is said to be a 1910. Any information which you or any reader may be able to supply will be greatly appreciated.

'As always, I look forward to the next issue of IMA, but the magazine is too skinny to last two months. I would like to see more of everything, especially large, clear photos of engines! (which by the way I will also supply pending weather appropriate for getting the Leader out of the barn.)'

R. DAYTON NICHOLS, 6128 Rt 5, Box 54, Stafford, New York 14143, sent us this picture of a 35 HP Buffalo Pitts traction engine. The advertisement it came from states: 'A perfect road hauling engine. A perfect plowing and harvesting engine. Will pull any horse combined harvester. Will pull twelve 12-inch plows or more, according to the condition of the soil. Burns straw, coal or wood and full steam maintained with any of these fuels. Will carry 140 steam with entire safety. Tank holds 300 gallons of water. Takes only ten minutes to fill it.'

Joe Steinhagen's 25-85 N & S #11481 D.C. side mount getting steamed up ready to unchain and unload for the Rose City, Minnesota, Threshing Show in August 1996. Engine is now permanently housed at the Rose City show (This year's dates are August 9 and 10).

'My name is JOE STEINHAGEN, of 11980 Kluver Addition Road SE, Alexandria, Minnesota 56308. I'm trying to locate the engines that were in the collection of my uncle, Joe C. Steinhagen of Brooten and Dodge Center, Minnesota.

'Uncle Joe died in the early '70s, and so whatever he had left at his time of death was dispersed, although a lot of it was sold before he died.

'When he died, I was in high school and the steam bug was 15 years away from biting me yet, but I do remember visiting him in Dodge Center as a 10 year old riding on one of his scale models and he was an old man back then already. None of his three children had any interest in old iron and there is only one of them alive today, so I've started the procedure of finding this stuff.

'When the bug finally did bite me, I subscribed to the popular steam magazines, then I started to buy back issues of these also. When I read them, I always read the want ads because Uncle Joe was advertising his equipment for sale in Iron Men Album. I was amazed at the amount of engines he had. He ran the ads during the 1960s, but he listed serial numbers and they should still be around somewhere today.

'I've met a lot of interesting people searching for this stuff, and here's what I've found so far: his 24 HP Kitten #195 is now in Oscar Cooke's Museum in Billings, Montana, owned by the Cooke family; his scale Kitten engines, two of which were built by him, were a real interesting search. I corresponded with Jerry Kitten of Texas, and his friend, Toby Wetzel, owns one of these (restored) and the other is owned by Willard Johnson of Silver Bay, Minnesota.