Soot In The Flues

Content Tools

Can this be the Nov.-Dec. issue, possibly? I don't know with all these instant soups, instant coffee, instant tea, etc. maybe we're getting instant years they surely don't last long anymore. Well, it's not really quite that bad, but truthfully, the days go rolling by turning into weeks, then months, then the year is up. And I think what better things could I have done in this past year?? Did I use all my time wisely? And in serving others? And doing the Lord's will at all times? I'm sure I can't answer affirmatively in all these things, but I'm still trying.....

Do you realize we are already into the Christmas Season? At least commercially, that is which really isn't the most important thing. Gifts are nice, but if we would really have the true Christ-like spirit all year and be helping those around us at all time SLending a hand when needed, an ear just to listen, a casserole or cake when someone has been ill or is so burdened with trials, or even that little note we should write, or that smile we can give at all times aren't these all gifts from the heart that say, I love you God, and I love you too? As we go forward toward 1978 let's try and do more positive deeds for our fellow man and try to overlook the mistakes or wrong things others do, and love each other Why?? because He first loved us...........and onto the letters I know you are waiting to read.

QUENTIN W. SHULTZ, Box 83, Griswold, Iowa 51535 sends this along: 'Greetings from out here in Iowa. I have been a continuous subscriber since 1953 and have all back copies of your fine hobby magazine to date. I often get them out and reread some of the old stories. It seems so many of those fine old timers are now gone. I have several hobbies, but nothing excites my soul like the old steam threshing rigs I have a complete Case outfit 50 HP engine, water wagon and 32' separator. Each year I get to play steam engineer at Eshelman's Show near Grant, Iowa. It is a great thrill to stoke that old fire box and listen to the exhaust chuckle as the bundles are fed into the separator occasionally a tough bundle will cause the governor to kick out several loud barks, then settle down even again. I guess these are the things that cause me to once more endure the heat, dust and soot for a three day period while I could be sitting by my air conditioner.

This year all galvanized piping on our engines has to be replaced with cast iron to pass Iowa boiler laws. If it's safer, then I'm for it. I'll be looking forward to each issue for another year. (I was a World War II liberator pilot51 combat missions.)' (Thank you Quentin for writing and thank you for being a pilot too many of us never tell you wonderful men how we have appreciated your part in keeping America-still the best land of all.)

WALT THAYER, Wenatchee, Washington 98801 writes us of one of his trips this summer: 'On Sunday, August 21, I drove to Leavenworth, Washington to attend the Annual Chelan County Old Timer's Picnic and mostly to get photos of Nile Saunder's 12' gauge Peshastin Great Western Railway and some of the antique cars that would be present. A light rain in the A.M. (first in seven weeks) kept some people home, but it cleared up by noon.

When I got there, I saw nothing of Nile or his train, only two antique Model T's and about one third of the usual crowd. I guess Nile wasn't there with his train, due to being in the middle of harvesting his pear crop, plus the extra work of loading rails and engine, hauling them several miles to Leavenworth, then unloading and laying mile of circular track. Even with helpers, it's still a lot of work for a man of 76 years. Perhaps he'll have more time later this fall at the Autumn Leaf Festival, as his little train draws a crowd wherever he takes it. Kids climb aboard his train for a free ride, like bees on a honeycomb and Nile is more than happy to accommodate everybody.

While visiting relatives at Barrington, Illinois late in July and early August, I visited the State Railroad Museum at Union, Illinois and got many fine photos. Their steam powered train and old trolley attracts capacity crowds, plus the many old engines and coaches waiting to be repaired. My 24 year old niece tagged along with me and learned a lot about railroads, engines and old trolleys and I was happy to be the teacher. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I couldn't get to Hedtke's Steam-Up at Davis Jct., Illinois, but better luck next time. I'm sure he had a capacity crowd, as did other shows in Illinois and Wisconsin.

GEORGE WARE, Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356 says he would like to see more articles on where different parts, relative to this hobby, are made, or where they can be located. For example: parts and grates bars. He also feels we have too many show reports, but as of now, most folks like to read them and we are trying to please now we know it is impossible to satisfy everyone's desires, but we're trying. Constructive criticism is always welcome it doesn't mean the outcome will always be as you expect, but we do consider each letter and try to feel what our Magazine families desire.

FRANK A. PFLUG, 10505 S. 168th Street, R.R., Gretna, Nebraska 68028 writes: 'Last year a certain party wrote asking about the first grain binders manufactured and by whom McCormick was the first, according to my father. There was a wire-tied binder, but as soon as a twine or cycle tied binder came into manufacture, the wire ceased. This was in early 1880. My grandfather bought one of the first McCormick binders made. It was a great deal of oak wood construction and had a knotter head on a cog gear affair, 5 ft. cutting platform with wood elevating to carry it to the knotter head or tying it into bundles. No bundle carrier, it just dropped them in a row. Then came the Deering very shortly afterwards. It was of a more steel construction, then very shortly after that, the Milwaukee and the Piano. The knotter head was an European patent, English or German origin. They were all 5 ft. cuts or platform. In 1918 we bought a McCormick 8 ft. binder. It took four horses to pull this, the older model horses. In the early 1920s or later, the tractor-pulled 10 ft. swathe binder came out quite a different story and did they cut grain!

Emil Ulrich of Crescent, Iowa, submitted this picture of the wreck of the almost new 20 HP Aultman Taylor outfit owned and operated by his Uncle John Menter and Albert Sager (lower right hand corner of photo). This event happened in 1908 on what is known as the Turkey Creek bridge near DeWitt, Nebraska. This occurred at a time when the creek bed was almost dry which helped the wreck to have a happier ending. There were no broken pipes or serious damage to the steam engine and no one was injured except for John Menter who got his foot caught under the engine, but with the use of a spade was soon free, with no ill effects. A stump puller was used to pull the machine out. The well dressed man standing by the bridge bannister was none other than a concerned creditor, Joe Bryer, who was the Implement Dealer.

I have been a regular subscriber to I.M.A. since 1961 and also am an old G.E.M. subscriber and do I love these papers! Last March 13th, I celebrated my 78th birthday.' (Nice hearing from you Frank and hope you celebrate many more birthdays.)

L. M. GUSLER, Route 1, Box 400, Salem, Virginia 24155 is writing in regards to a return flue Frick portable steam engine: 'In 1932 I contacted agent in Roanoke about parts for sawmill. He gave me a large Frick catalog showing line of sawmills and engines. This engine had 2 ft. fire tube in boiler, made special for sawmills 18-20 HP. Several sawmill men said it was the most satisfactory engine they ever owned.

In 1940 we were away from home and when I came home everything had burned, including the catalog.

I attend the steam show in Bridgewater and Berryville and have been looking for this special engine but have never seen one.' (Anyone able to help Mr. Gusler on this special engine?)

STANLEY R. ECKSTINE, Route 1, Box 182, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740 reminisces: 'While visiting a friend near Purcyville, Virginia our conversation got around to steam powered equipment such as traction engines and threshing rigs, etc. I discovered he was a (steam-power fan) and he showed me his magazine and the good stories of the good old-time days, of which he also enjoyed.

Well, I'm 78 years old and when the threshing rig came to our place in 1910, it was my job to haul water from a neighboring farms spring; big job for a boy of eleven years old, but I liked it very much and ever since, it's sorta my hobby too. I had been at Kinzers in 1974 and taped some of the (toots) of the whistles and the calliope music, and the attractions to me were Ernest Lapp's Belgian 6-horse team with team bells from the museum.

I hung around the horses waiting for the parade, just to record the jingle of the bells. My father was born in 1838 and between 1860-1890 drove a 6-horse bell team hauling farm products and wholesale groceries to and from markets; and Lapp's bells chiming was a thrill of a lifetimeI play the tape often just for the nostalgia of it.'

CLEO E. MIKEL, Route 3, box 263, Edwardsburg, Michigan 49112 would very much like to have a colored print of a Studebaker Goat Wagon, wooden one (anybody have any they would like to show Cleo? I don't even know what it is!!)

JEROME D. PEDERSON, L. R. 232, Box C-26, Wolf Point, Montana 59201 writes: 'I read with interest Charles Chiarchiaro's letter in the July-August Iron-Men Album about the largest steam engine left in this country. Try these engines on for size: at Iron Mountain, Mighigan, a two cylinder compound, 100' and 50' bore, 10 foot stroke. Height of the engine 54', diameter of the flywheel 40' with a weight of 64 tons. Total engine weight 600 tons, four to ten R.P.M. I don't know at what boiler pressure it operated or whether it is still in operating condition, or the horsepower rating.

The other engine was installed at Republic Steel Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio in 1916. It has been in continuous service to this day giving good reliable power every day rolling steel ingots into slabs. Twin tandem compound reversing horizontal operating condensing 76' and 46' bore by 60' stroke on a four main bearing crankshaft directly connected to a rolling mill bar, 200 psi. steam, 200 R.P.M. max., 65' long, 30' wide and 10' high. I do not know the weight of the engine or the size of the flywheel if it has one. Anyone living closer to these engines tell us more, maybe send some pictures.' (Maybe some of you will know what Jerome is referring to and can let us know more about them. He read about these engines in a magazine.)

COL. N. D. STUCKEY, 4777 Upper Valley Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45424 sends this note on a show: 'The London, Ohio Annual Miami Valley Steam Threshers Show in July 1977 was highlighted by a most historic event. A tug-of-war between Col. N. D. Stuckey's 35-70 Minneapolis and 30-60 Aultman Taylor tractors was staged in front of the grandstand Sunday afternoon. It was a thrilling sight as the two antique monsters moved back and forth in seeking to pull the other to prove the best in traction and strength. The bow string tight chains separated by a large truck tire held the two mighty tractors together during the see-sawing-wheel digging performance. The final result, most agreed, was a draw with great fun for all. (See picture).

ANDREW GOODMAN, 12000 East 'O' Street, P. O. Box 80957, Lincoln, Nebraska 68501 is seeking help: 'Among our collection of older tractors, we have a Model C Co-op tractor. This is a very unusual tractor and we have not been able to obtain any information concerning it. We would like any help in this regard. The tractor is pretty much complete with the exception of the wheels.'

I want to thank M. B. Martinson, treasurer of Lake Region Pioneer Threshermen's Association for sending me a book of their last year's show (which was the Bi-Centennial year). It is really nice and lots of good pictures and information. I appreciate it. Perhaps we'll be using some of the material in the I.M.A.

Hey Fellas please remember to get your Reunion dates to me for next year just as fast as you can I'll really appreciate it.

A short letter from LES WELLNER, Steam Engine Valley, Thorp, Wisconsin 54771 tells us: 'I have always wanted to write a little on my past experience with threshing and sawmilling, but guess I was only a machine operator, not a writer.

I have sawed lumber for quite a few years and I still do some custom lumber sawing, most of this sawing was with steam power. I have three other steam engines which I have also used now and then, but I like the Minneapolis best on the mill.

I also like the Iron-Men Album very much.' (Thanks Les, and why don't you write us a story of your experiences?)

'Last fall my husband and son attended the steam show in Dover and were quite taken with all the engines. Due to this interest we came across several issues of the Gas Engine Magazine and the Iron-Men Album.

In several of these magazines we found references to a Keck-Gonnerman steam engines. We are curious to find out any information concerning this company.

We would appreciate any information you could give us and names and addresses where we could write to find out about this company as you read our signature you will probably understand!'

This came from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Keck, Jr., 6341 Cardinal Hill Street, N.W., North Canton, Ohio 44720.

WALTER E. SCHRAGE, 1219 Lawn Avenue, New Haven, Indiana 46774 is looking to you folks for much needed information on five antique inboard and outboards wants to know where they were manufactured; by whom and when? They are as follows: 3 HP Harvard outboard, about 1908; 3 HP Kenwood about 1908, inboard; 3 HP Champion A/C about 1936; 6 HP Motor Go Jr. has Bosch magneto on it, Tillotson carburetor outboard, 1932; and 5 HP Motor Go inboard. All five sold by Sears Roebuck, Chicago.

GERALD DARR, 215 Oaklawn Avenue, Fremont, Ohio 43420 writes a letter: 'I read the letter Gilmar Johnson wrote in a previous magazine. We visited him in 1960 after reading his name on the Board of Directors of NTA when that show was being held at Montpelier, Ohio. That was by first show.

It so happened we had a cottage rented in 1960 at Siren, Wisconsin which is near Frederic, Ohio. I recall he had a lot of machinery, plus several engines and he had his Case engine fired up that Sunday.

I am 59 years old and I recall threshing with steam in the years of 1924 to 1928. After we moved to another community, they threshed with an Aultman Taylor gas tractor.

My father and his brother owned and did tilling with a steam powered Buckeye traction ditcher. I cannot say whatever happened to that machine.

I had read a few issues of I.M.A. and last September I decided to subscribe to it I certainly enjoy it. One of our other interests is going to antique shows and now they are combining them with some steam engine shows.

I have worked at Whirlpool Corporation plant in Clyde, Ohio for 27 years. My wife is an R.N. and a licensed nursing home administrator and manages a 100 bed home here in Fremont. We have pleasant memories reading I.M.A. keep them coming!'

Well by the time you get this you'll be doing some of your Christmas shopping and also getting the Thanksgiving goodies ready aren't we a lucky people though? Do you ever stop and think just how many, many blessings we have for which to be thankful? May I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a Blessed Christmas Season and here's a bit called 'Summertime Christmas' Sometimes when I was still a child, Christmas came for me in the summer, when we visited my father's folks in Mississippi.

There were beautiful (summer Christmas trees) on the front lawn, adorned with velvety white magnolia blossoms. I remember the heavily loaded fig tree just outside our bedroom window, and how I reached out and touched it. This was Christmas, too, in our hearts, for there was an abundance of peace and love for God and each other.

I learned that Christmas could come on a summer's day. Christmas could come at any season, if that sense of love were strong in the family.' - Dale Evans Rogers.

(Think about that Christmas can mean many things to many people!) Bye for now and God Bless and I love you all!