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Hi Friends! With this issue out I'd say the reunions have paraded by one by one for another season. We do hope you've found much enjoyment in your hobby activities and you meet the nicest folks agree?

CLIFF MAGNUSON, Glasford, Illinois, R. R. 2, 61533 says: 'I am interested in your Iron-Men Album. I lived during a period when threshing was done with steam power. To an extent, smaller tasks were accomplished by horse drawn instruments known as horsepowers. These unloaded corn and connected to speed jacks to saw wood clean grain, wood boring machines etc. The invention of the steam engine brought to agriculture the mechanical age. It also meant improvements on crude replicas of the pioneer people's ideas of improving and enlarging hand tools to animal power. I'm pleased to no end to the people who collect and keep alive America's glorious past for people to enjoy for real, that was every day living fifty and more years ago......A Grateful Friend of Early Gas and Steam Farm Power.'

From SCOTT McCORMICK, Box 421, Princeton, Wisconsin 54968 comes a note: 'In the Iron Men Album for September-October, I saw some unclassified photos. I'll tell you about unclassified photo No. 5. I took that picture right here in town in 1932. That was the picture of the steam roller. That roller belonged to Dodge County and was operated by Walter Smith. He is the man in the picture. They had started to put blacktop on State Highway 23. I took that picture right close to where I now live.

I was at the Dodge County Show and they had a nice crowd. I hope to get there again next year. Hope this information helps someone.'

RAY JONES, President of Pioneer Engineer's of Ind. Inc., 133 Hillenbrand Avenue, Batesville, Indiana 47006 sends this information: 'In the unclassified photos of the September-October issue on the bottom of page 30 is a picture taken at one of the annual reunions of the Pioneer Engineer Club. I am sorry I cannot give you the exact date, but would be in the early 50s. The first engine in the row is my 12-36 Russell #13360 and mounted on boiler #13459. It was built and shipped from Massillon, Ohio, in June 1906. I had pulled a portable engine through the parade and I am standing on the engine. This is only a part of the engines as we always have about 25.'

JOHN BERGREEN, 4564 E. San Gabriel Avenue, Fresno, California 93726 writes: 'On page 14 of September-October Iron Men Album, there is a photo of an engine and several people. There is no identity of the engine. This is a Reeves cross compound, 20 horsepower, manufactured 1905 or 1910 or thereabouts. My father and his sons had a 32-110 Reeves at Osage, Saskatchewan. I ran it threshing 1925-1935. Of course, the Reeves is my choice of the engines. If possible, let me know who has this Reeves engine.' (Read on John, further in the column, as Mel Grenvik has that answer in letter.)

A note from TIM STEWART, Route 2, Box 233H, Paso Robles, California 93446 as he writes: 'I'm still interested in hearing from any one who knows about Armstrong engines are they really rare?

Also would like to get in touch with Bob Bates (used to be parts manager of Witte engines) about my collection of Witte engines.'

Don't forget to get your next year's dates to us as soon as possible so we can go ahead with the 1979 Directory. And have you noticed we are receiving more entries each year thus the Directory is growing. And upon mentioning that I'll introduce you to a new one across the waters. It is known as the National Stationary Engine Association, now over a year old and I thought you might like to know its aims and etc. You may be interested and want to get in touch with them as it is involved with the stationary engines many of you folks are primarily interested in these specifically as your hobby:

A bit of interest from the pen of BLAKE BOARDMAN, 16460 Heather #204, Cleveland, Ohio 44130: 'I have been catching up on the Iron-Men Album. The article about the big steam engine at Republic Steel, I am quite familiar with it. I was in the Elect. Const, crew for 33 years before retiring and have worked installing vapor proof lighting at all oil points on the engine, also a pump to recycle the oil. I have stood and watched this engine in operation. I never saw it stuck, but it has broken the rolls in the blooming mill when the roller would take too big of a bite on the ingot. The ingot would hardly be through the roller in a forward pass when it would be in reverse for the return pass which was controlled by a Schnlter valve. It does not have a flywheel and for an engine that size the noise is comparatively small.'

Blake enclosed a Xeroxed copy of a picture of the Mesta steam engine. It could not be reprinted, but 1 thought you'd like to read the caption that came with it:


'The Mesta stationary steam engine that powers the 44 inch blooming mill at Republic Steel Corp. here is the largest in the world.

It is the only one of two steam engines of this type built by Mesta Machine Co., Pittsburgh, still in operation. The other was built for Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.

The steam engine has been in continuous operation since Feb. 28, 1916. It was installed in the first steel plant built here for Corrigan, McKinney & Co., acquired by Republic in 1936.

Plans for the engine were approved in 1911 by Lorenz Iversen. chief engineer and later president of Mesta.

The tandem, twin-compound reversing engine, originally designed to operate at 25,800 horsepower,' was later modified and now functions at 33,000 horsepower.

Measuring about 30 feet by 90 feet, its crankshaft alone weighs nearly 130 tons.' John Leo Koshar

MEL GRENVIK, 115 1st Avenue N.E., Kenmare, North Dakota58746 has something to tell: 'Thank you for publishing my letter in the September-October issue that I wrote questioning the identification of the Case engine on the cover of the March-April issue. The owner of the engine, Joe Richardson, in answer to a letter of inquiry I sent, in a nice letter identifies the engine as ' his 65 Case No. 33379 (1916). He was also kind enough to enclose pictures of his 50, 80 and 110 engines. So I was wrong too!

Regarding the picture on page 14 of September-October issue, Mr. Wall indicates the identity of the engine is unknown. This is a Reeves close examination of the picture reveals the lettering (___ves & Co.) just above the head of the young man 3rd from left. Also, the Reeves & Co. monogram is on the steam chest. I believe this is a cross compound about 16 HP built in about 1903. Thought I'd pass it on. (Reeves went to the flat spoke type wheels in later production).

I continue to look forward to each issue very much. You folks are doing a remarkable job.'

Just finished making a couple gallons of dessert for the big cook-out up in the country for Labor Day There are usually more than a 100 people there and the owner and relatives cook roast beefs on spits over the fire for people who like roast beef they tell me it can't be beat I wouldn't know, as I don't care too much for meats, but the table made from a wagon bed is loaded with all kinds of good things: baked potatoes, baked lima beans, cole slaw, several salads, and then when you get to the desserts and cakes and piesooh my! Thought maybe you'd like to make the dessert that I made to take along. Let's just call it Dessert Delish!

1 large can of fruit salad 1 medium can of pineapple chunks 1 medium can of mandarin orange slices 1 large box of vanilla instant pudding 1 large bowl of whipped cream (you get them in the freezer section at your store) 2 cups of miniature marshmallows

Drain the fruits well. Make the pudding and pour over, then the whipped cream and mix in the marshmallows until all is mixed well.

This can be served right away or chilled or better yet, it can be frozen and used at a much later date.

I made three recipes of this and have it in a large Tupperware container must be almost two gallons. It really disappears in no time. I put it in the freezer and it's all ready to go next Monday. As large amount as that is, it doesn't take too long to defrost. Try it! You'll like it.

That does it for this time, Friends. I hope you've renewed old acquaintances and made many new friends this year as you toured the reunions. See anything new or different write us your family likes to read these items.