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Hi! Well - this is the May-June issue coming up but we surely are far from that kind of weather, but this issue will start the Shows and they'll be in operation for the next few months in fact, last issue had quite a few show dates entered. So hurry, get the polishing done and a drop of oil here, and a dab of paint there oops don't miss that spot there and I know you are all eagerly awaiting the day you can turn the key in the lock of your home and say good-by for awhile and head for the reunions and lots of luck to you and may you meet many new friends and renew your acquaintances from other years.

OOPS! I almost forgot to tell you the great news. We have a new baby around and it's wonderful. Our daughter Keli and Mike Gaffney had a little girl. Statistics in steam language are: No. 1-9-79, weight 8 lb., 12 oz., length 20' - model Kortni Lynn. Condition of little steamer A-1 shape. She's a beauty and quite vociferous. This is our fourth grandchild, but the others are ages 12, 10 and 9.I don't know about you but to me children are a gift of God lent to usquite a joy and a loving responsibility to raise them to know God.

On some letters CLYDE C. MONIHAN, St. Joseph, Missouri sends this letter 'There have been some very interesting articles in the Iron-Men Album about old machinery manufacturers. I wish some of the readers would write a history of the Emerson Branting-ham Geiser Works of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, when they started business and when and why they quit. Also would like to know everything they manufactured, etc. I am sure some of the readers in the East could give a good history of the company. I have never heard much about the company, but know that they built some very fine machinery possibly the best in its day.

I enjoy reading your magazine very much. (Thanks Clyde and here's hoping some of the readers take you up on your suggestion.

ALLAN I. BRANHAM, P.O. Box 518, Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521 is planning a new home this Spring and he would like to make it as self sufficient as possible. He has been thinking of a small steam engine as he has all the wood he needs for fuel; powering it with a 110-220 volt generator. He would like to know if this would be feasible. (If you have any ideas, please write him.)

STANLEY J. MOUSER, R.F.D. 1, Wellman, Iowa 52356 sends the following: 'The No. 4 picture on page 33, in the unclassified photos, in the Jan.-Feb. 1979 issue of The Iron-Men Album was taken some time ago at the Mid-West Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Bill Sater, who was then the president of the association, is operating the Prony Brake. I am sure the engine in the belt is a 20 HP Advance Rumley, owned by Dean Shellhouse, whose address was then Lavonia, Michigan; but, is now Fair-field, Iowa.

I am not able to recognize any of the other people, nor the two engines standing in the background, however, the large metal building in the right background is the antique car building and the tent-like structure in the left background is the steam operated carousel.'

This letter comes from WALT THAYER, Box 2175, Wenatchee, Washington: 'Just received my Jan.-Feb. 79 I.M.A. and the best photo in the magazine (centerfold) has no title or description of any kind. It looks very much like the tractors that replaced the '20 Mule Teams' to haul Borax out of Death Valley for what is now the Pacific Coast Borax Company. The tractors resemble early day Best, Holt or Reeves and similar tractors by Best & Holt were used to skid logs in early days of logging in the West and Northwest.

I believe the name of the fellow who discovered Borax in Death Valley, California was a fellow who became known as F. M. (Borax) Smith and was as well known as that former uncanny mystery Death Valley Scotty. Both men, with various photos, are described in two very good books (Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California) by David Mywick and published by Howell-North books of Berkely, California. Railfans and lovers of old engines will enjoy these two fine books. (This only sounds like one book to me fellows, but this is exactly what was written in the letter. Hope it's clearer to you.)

A letter of gratitude from CARL B. ERWIN, 106 South Elm Street, Newkirk, Oklalhoma 74647: 'That certainly was a fine job of displaying pictures and presenting the story of Steam Engines in France thanks a million! There was one mistake it was my fault as I misspelled the name of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Please accept my correction and my apology to the people of Eau Claire.

A lot of good machinery is built in Wisconsin, both wood working and threshing machines. Again sincere thanks and best wishes to all.'

BROOKS JONES, Swansboro, North Carolina 28584 sends this along: 'My brother and I cannot understand the explanation under the picture of the Holt traction engine, page 13 in Jan.-Feb. Iron Men Album. It says ('Holt removed the wheels and replaced them with a pair of tracks in 1904. Hold figured the tracks had as much bearing surface as wheels 75 feet in diameter.')

The picture shows two large rear wheels and one wheel in front. The idea of tracks is something we cannot fit into the whole engine. We just can't understand it. Can anyone clear this up by giving an explanation in the next issue? (Well, I don't understand it but perhaps one of our readers could explain it would be appreciated.)

I often make beef stew as my family likes it I don't think too much of it, but then I really do not care for meat, but this recipe seems a little different comes from one of our readers I'm going to try it next time. It is called Stew Hot Dish.

2 pounds beef stew cubes 2 large carrots
1 large onion
2 potatoes
1/2 package frozen peas
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 can golden mushroom soup

Chunk carrots, onion and potatoes and mix all ingredients in 2 quart casserole. Cover and bake for 5 hours at 275. (You can also add one can of water chestnuts for variety in texture.) MRS. ROBERT L. STREET, Route 4, Decorah, Iowa 52101.

Another letter from WALT THAYER, Box 2175, Wenatchee, Washington just arrived with some explanation on the unclassified photos: 'No. 1 looks very much like a horse drawn Russell, like one owned by Mel Anderson, 532 Tyee Street, Okanogan, Washington. No. 2 is a nice looking Case belted up and ready to thresh. No. 3 After the big wind stopped blowing, probably in 1920s or early 30s. No. 4 I'd say it's a Case with water wagon and grain wagons and a good sized straw stack. No. 5 - looks like a small Russell or Minneapolis and somebody forgot to test the 'bridge' or 'plank' it as a safety measure. A lot of men 'cooked' on the boiler head this way, during the steam power days.'

MRS. WAYNE WACHAL, c/o NORTHERN LAB, 4701 Custer Street, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220 needs some help could you help her? 'We have two Eagle tractors which were made in Appelton, Wisconsin. They are a 1930 B and a 1935 Eagle. We would like to know the color of the tractor and also the color of the lettering on the tractor.' (I thought some of our veteran readers might be able to help Mrs. Wachal.)

Thought maybe you might like this story An ambitious farmer, unhappy about the yield of his crops, heard of a highly recommended new seed corn. He bought some and produced a crop that was so abundant his astonished neighbors came and asked him to sell them some of the new seed. But the farmer, afraid that he would lose a profitable competitive advantage, refused to sell the seed to his neighbors.

The second year the new seed did not produce quite so good a crop for the farmer. And when the third year crop was still worse, it suddenly dawned upon the farmer that his prize corn was being pollinated by the inferior grade of corn from his neighbors' fields. This came from Wellsprings of Wisdom Ralph L. Woods. (I really enjoy these short stories that have a message hope you do.)

I guess that does it for this time and in closing It is not how long you live, but for what you live that counts It is better to make a good life than a good livingFaith Makes all things possible. Hope Makes all things bright. Love Makes all things easy.

Bye Bye Love Ya!