Hi - out there in Steam Land -Hope your Holidays make you some nice memories and I'll bet you already are dreaming up more fun for the forthcoming Reunions soon will be time to plant garden also. Nuff said - and on to the letters.
DALE FRIESEN, 65 2nd Avenue S.E., Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada wants to know when the Buffalo Pitts Company of Buffalo, New York was in business and where could he find out what trademarks were used for this company.
We're always happy to hear of new organizations forming and give them a boost with their first show. From DAVID R. DEXTER, 275 Walnut Hill, Orange, Massachusetts 01364 comes the following: 'Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas and Machinery Association - First Annual Meet will be at the Orange Airport, Orange, Massachusetts on Sunday June 26 at 10 A.M. For information contact Elsworth Songer, 76 Harrison Ave., Orange, Massachusetts 01364.
We are a newly formed club this year and are hoping our first attempt at a meet will be successful. Our location at the Orange Airport is an ideal site, it is easy to find and there will be no mud regardless of the weather. If he is the brave type, a visitor to our show can try his hand at parachute jumping.
Our own club membership has about 100 Gas Engines, several table size steam engines, a 3 HP. Little Daisy steam engine and an 85 H.P. Frick Portable Engine and Boiler. We will have the big steamer at our meet and will be able to supply steam for anyone who brings a steam engine. We will also have in operation an 1892 Chase Shingle Mill.
This past summer we have exhibited as a club at two local Bicentennial Fairs and were very well received by the people. Most of them had never seen anything like our equipment.'
Another notice from WILLIAM H. MAGERS, Route 1, Glasgow, Kentucky 42141 tells of a new listing among our shows. The Beckton Community Center will hold a show and swap meet on August 6 at Intersection Highway 685 and 1297. No admission. This is part of Community Pioneer Day. (Perhaps this will grow in the future years into their own Reunion - the organizations have a way of doing just that).
Please help GENE DRUMMOND, 15509 Drummond Road, Orient, Ohio 43146 as he relates:
'In the July-August 1976 issue of IMA I ran an information wanted ad asking that all Avery undermounted owners send size, serial number and year the engine was built. I need this data as I am making a count of all remaining Avery undermounted engines. The ad did not meet with the response that I had hoped for. On my own I sent out letters with return postcard for data I want. Along with the return of the cards I have gotten a number of letters asking how I have done on the count. I will run another want ad in the IMA hoping that I get the needed response. It is my intention to give a copy of this report to the Iron-Men Album. '(See ad in this issue).'
FRANKIE VAN DUSEN, Route 1, Dawn, Missouri 64638 wants to thank the readers: 'I wrote this summer inquiring about heat resistant paint for a steam engine. Several people were nice enough to write and recommend Rust-Oleum paint from Evanston, Illinois. The letters were mistakenly burned and I have no way of thanking them.
I used the type of paint on my Advance-Rumely and am planning to restore a Nichols-Shepard soon. Had very good results with it. I really appreciate those who took an interest and time to write me concerning my problem.' (They are a great bunch of folks, Frankie).
REGINALD LEWIS, 5582 Little Canada Road, East Bethany, New York 14054 makes us feel our work is worthwhile as he comments: 'I have been taking both magazines for the last ten years and when they come, I just can't put them down until I have read them from cover to cover. I sure do enjoy them very much.' (Reggie is a member of five of the well known steam organizations).
He had sent in a subscription for a friend and he comments on him: 'Leon Lewis of 571 East Avenue, Medina, New York, 14103 is an old-time steam engineer having passed his 90th year and still enjoys talking about the good 'ole days when steam was the IN-Thing.'
Speaking of the avid readers that really love the magazine, take a gander at this wonderful letter from BRUCE McCOURTNEY, Syracuse, Nebraska 68446: 'Please don't ever cancel me out until you are sure I'm dead. This Iron-Men Magazine helps a lot toward keeping me alive. I have every copy from the beginning to the present date, so missing a copy would really be a disaster. The very best to all of you through the Holidays and next year.' (Thanks Bruce, the same to you and we appreciate your enthusiasm.)
LAURENCE D. GRAVES, Box 147 A, Route 1, Suisun City, California 94585 has some interesting comments: 'Attended a few shows in spite of energy problems. By riding with friends, I attended Steam Power Club Meet in Pleasanton, California. In a Howard Johnson parking lot, got a clear picture of a Stanley boiler in a steam car. A beautiful restored job! We followed this car two miles to Mr. Bill Moore's home. A young adult almost wrenched his neck as the steamer glided by. Mr. Moore's garage is full of steam equipment. An upright boiler with 75 psi kept models moving. Someone arrived in another Stanley steamer, blowing the whistle for a whole block. One got the impression, brakes were lined with banana peels. Saw steam bicycle ridden by Mr. Sarlin of Berkeley, California, builder.
Visited Tilden Park in afternoon. Golden Gate Live Steamers had many model steam locomotives and trains running for a two day show. Mr. Gilmer Johnson was leaving with his huge 4-8-4 locomotive in 1' scale, 7' gauge track. This size can pull 20 adults with ease. Visited GGLS again in fall for 40th Anniversay. Then two gas shows, one at Criswells Christmas Tree Farm in Santa Cruz Mountains, Another Gas-up at Lodi, California, saw a remarkable sight.
This show was sponsored by EDGETA, Branch 13, Sacramento District. This little jewel was an ancient one cylinder steam engine converted into a double acting | gasoline engine. Special cylinder heads held exhaust and intake valves, plus a spark plug. A single flywheel turned stately and quietly like steam, but there was no filthy soot or smoke - just stinking antiseptic cleanliness! The glamour of steam was missing. '(A sure fire steam lover - that's Laurence).
MAX PARSONS, Star Route, Polar, Wisconsin 54418 has a question: 'I have a 65 Case steam engine built in 1914. With factory installed gear driven water pump, what maximum pressure is it practical and safe to add water to boiler?' (Beats me - help him Fellas).
A cheery greeting from WALT THAYER, Box 2175, Wenatchee, Washington 98801: 'Howdy! Mind if an old Nor'west steam fiend gets his foot in the door for a few minutes? Just got my first copy of I.M.A. and that's a nice 'rag' (never heard that term before - do hope it means something good), you published back there in the Keystone State. Now, that I see what you publish, I'll have to scrounge up a few photos and maybe a story or two when I get time. My special thanks to George Hatch of Slatesville, Rhode Island for having I.M.A. sent to me. I'd heard of it for some time, but never got to read it now I'll have a whole year of good reading.
There's still lots of 'old iron' here in the Northwest that's still rusting away on old homesteads, back pastures, inside old buildings, and in fence corners. Now and then you'll find the remains of an old logging camp or sawmill. There's a Shay locomotive laying under water in a rock quarry pond near Chilliocothe, Ohio that I hope somebody saves, and soon. The scuba divers who discovered it last summer decided not to salvage it and the county plans on making the quarry a sanitary fill, so that would bury the Shay under garbage a sad ending for an engine of that type. Any organization or individual interested in saving it should write or call Arliss C. Lamb, 4 Delano Court, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 for details. This type of engine is a rare find, so somebody save it! Wishing you many more years of serving the Old Iron-Men and Boys!'
That's it for now, Friends, and God Bless You!