SOOT IN THE FLUES

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Well Christmas Season is about over for another year - just hope I can keep more of Christmas in my heart all year and not just at the Holiday time. We had a wonderful Christmas -hope you did too, although it was the first time in 23 years that Eddie wasn't here, it makes one a bit melancholy, but not too much, for we know that he was very happy in his own little home with Kathi and their new little daughter, Stacy Jo, who made her appearance on Dec. 2 and weighed in at 5 lb. 14 oz. We finally got up to see her on Jan. 2 when the weather held out for us and all commitments of eight people managed to agree so that we all had one day off. The four children, Dana's boyfriend, Grandma, Father and I all made the trip. And that is something to get a time to suit 8 people with all the activities that the range of ages covers. This of course was our Christmas with Eddie and Kathi and baby also, so we were grateful we could make it as soon as we did. Now, I feel more like a grandmother after seeing the little doll and holding her - my that was a grand feeling! I don't feel much different though, except that I'm so happy we have another one to love in the family. Our only regrets are that we are unable to see this part of our family more often.

Have a letter from Gerard Wodarz, of Wyndmere, North Dakota 58081 and he writes: 'Regarding the Green-castle engine (Nov.-Dec. 1966. Volume 21, No. 2, page 3) there is in the Jan.-Feb. 1959 issue, Volume 13, No. 3, page 28 an engine which is not identified but looks much like a Greencastle. It has many of the same features, including the 'wash boiler' steam dome.' So you fellows having these issues that far back are able to look this up and confer with Mr. Wodarz regarding same if you so desire.

Another letter from Glen E. Trester of Box 177, Edgewater, Maryland 21037 writes: 'Please refer to the picture of an old boiler on Page 20 of Nov.-Dec. 1966 issue. The boiler has all the earmarks of being a Roberts Patent Marine boiler - built by the Roberts Safety Water tube Boiler Co., Red Bank, New Jersey. They were fast steaming boilers and tough-but required clean water - preferably distilled. Standard pipe and fittings were used exclusively in the manufacture.' We thank these folks for writing us on these items and hope many of you become pen pals through this medium.

And a letter from Frank L. Mc-Guffin, 3531 Tea Street N. W., Washington, D. C. 20007. Frank states: 'A teller at the local bank where I do business is a 'VELIE' nut who has 3 old velies that he is restoring to original condition. His main trouble seems to be getting information and parts, so if any of the Album Readers have any information of any kind. I hope they will write direct to Mr. Stanley W. Thomas, Route 2, Boonsboro, Maryland 21713.' Any of you Album Family that can help Mr. Thomas - drop him a line. Perhaps you will both get information.

Funny how one picture can stimulate a lot of interest - the picture on Page 45 of Jan.-Feb. 67 Album of the rail fence is drawing a great deal of attention - we've had several comments on it - a letter from David E. McDonald of R. R. 1, Georgetown, Pa. - tells of his knowledge of fences of this type (letter elsewhere in this magazine). And different folks have just mentioned as they wrote in for business that they enjoyed the article -I think it pulled a lot of memories from the past. Lewis Cline has been sending us quite a few write-ups for both magazines and we welcome them.

We also have a letter from Clayton Thompson of Route 1, Pataskola, Ohio 43062 on the rail fences (letter elsewhere). While these fences are certainly not directly connected with steam they are part of the atmosphere of the years gone by and we feel the steam fans are interested in this type of reading.

That about winds it up for this issue and in closing a few words You are only a failure when you do less than your best. Friends are made by the acts; they can be lost by one. The worst thing about New Year's resolutions is that they come in one year and go out the other. Most of us are good for something, even if it's a poor example. Carrying your Bible will never take the place of reading it.