SOOT IN THE FLUES

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Hi! to all the IMA Family I guess many of you are not at home, but scattered all around at the various shows and don't forget to write me when you get home from your adventures surely would love to hear from you and it does make the column interesting when you share with each other. I know this is the Nov/Dec issue, but I am writing it in August; that is the way it goes when you publish a magazine. Summer is almost gone and I'm not even finished with spring house cleaning doesn't bother me like it used to. Too many more important things such as enjoying my children and grandchildren. We have one granddaughter that graduated this year and will enter college in the fall, two sixteen year old grandsons, and two other grand daughters, six and one year old of same family. They live close by and are the ones I take care of now and then, one of my favorite past times. How quickly time does fly. Many of you folks have known me for over 28 years now and have kept up with the family throughout the years. Our children are at this time, ages 42, 37, 31, 28 and the youngest will turn 21 in September. He is still with us. As I look back, with all the trials, life has been good and I look forward to the future with my family and with you folks. You all have been a great part of my life you know but enough reminiscing, next thing I'll be getting too sentimental.

Must get on with my story from Wellsprings of Wisdom I know from the letters you folks like them. 'The Lamplighter' Harry Lauder, the famous singer, used to tell a story of his boyhood in Scotland. He like to look from the window of his home during the gathering twilight, and watch the work of the lamplighter with his long pole with a torch on the end of it. The man went from street lamp to street lamp as he ascended the hilly street, leaving a trail of lights behind him. Then, as the road sloped downward, the lamplighter disappeared from view, but his torchlight could still be seen burning against the evening sky.

'That,' as has been said by many people, 'is what is meant by a genuine Christian: one who is a light to his fellowman while still living, and whose way has been marked by lights he has left the world.'

Come on fellas, get your pencils or pens ready to answer JOHN S. SCHIFSKY, P.O. Box 672, Willernie, Minnesota 55090 as he asks: 'Can someone answer my question? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the under mounted engines used by Avery and why wasn't this style used more widely? Thank you!'

HUBERT KIDDER, Box 45, Everton, Arkansas 72633 sends this: 'Dear Folks at IMA just the other day I had come home from having my fifth by-pass heart surgery and my neighbor brought over some of the old IMA's for me to look at and it sure brought back many pleasant memories. As a boy I worked for a man up in Michigan by the name of Nial Collons and he had a large threshing run every year up until the combines came in the early 50's. We ran a 28 x 50 John Deere separator with a 1937 3-speed John Deere D and later, when the separator was worn out, we bought a nearly new 28 x 46 Red River Special. We got it from the Wall Packing Farm near Three Rivers, Michigan and it had only threshed two seasons on their farm. Later on, after there was no more threshing on the farms, I purchased the machine and fixed it up and we threshed with it at the Show of The Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Show at Motville, Michigan on Leland Warren's Farm after I moved down here in Arkansas. I should say, several years before I sold the separator to the club. They have since renamed their club the St. Joe Valley Old Engine Club at Boot Hill Ranch near Three Rivers, Michigan. I don't know if they are still having shows or not. (Yes, they are). I was a member for several years and always did the threshing. Now I am disabled and can't take part any-more, but like to go and watch the old things that were part of my younger days. I think you have a very good informative magazine.

Enclosed is a picture of the Red River Separator before I restored it and sold it to the club.'

DAN REEVE, WPI Box 2288, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609 sends this communication: 'My partner and I are third-year students here at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and would like some help on a project we are doing with the Worcester Historical Museum. We are researching the use of steam power in Massachusetts, particularly the Worcester area, around the turn of the century. We are especially interested in the idea of 'rooms with power to let These were buildings with a steam engine set-up and rented out by wealthy businessmen. If anyone has information on this, or even the use of large gas engines in factories, your help would be greatly appreciated. Have enjoyed IMA for two years now.'

JOHN Z. STOLTZFUS, R.D.8, Box 183, Danville, Pennsylvania 17821 would like to borrow an operator's manual for a Belle City 22' thresher. (Can you help him?)

I'm sure you will find the following letter to your interest as DONNAISH, 3854 Crawford Road, Dryden, Michigan 48428 writes: 'I have found the discussions of horse-power and meaning of the various terms very interesting. In reading up on the term 'nominal horsepower', I found the following quotation in an old Encyclopedia Britannica: 'Nominal horsepower is an arbitrary and obsolescent term of indefinite significance.'

'They also have a formula for calculating nominal horsepower, which doesn't make sense to me. Here it is:

NH =      I    
         15.6 x D2 x 3S, in which D=diameter of the piston in inches, S=stroke in feet, and no value is given for I.

'I cannot understand why any manufacturer of any kind of steam engine used this term, because by 1850 it had lost any significance it might have had. This was primarily due to increases in operating speeds and steam pressures.

'In the final analysis, the term 'horsepower' does not mean a great deal. It is the amount of torque that an engine delivers that is significant. It is the ability of the steam engine to deliver high torque at low speeds that made it a practical and long-lived power source.

'I enjoy the articles in IMA. In my lifetime, I have operated practically every kind of steam engine there is, or was, including turbines and rotaries but excluding oscillating engines.'

To MRS. GEORGE EDGER, 6743 NW Madison, Coletown Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331 who desired to know where she can find the book Wellsprings of WisdomI had mentioned before, I found it at a regular news center, but later when I wanted some more for gifts they were sold out. You may be lucky enough to find one in your state, but as of right now, I think they are out of print. Author is Ralph L. Woods. It was published by The C. R. Gibson Company, Norwalk, Connecticut 06856. Good Luck. Tis one of the best little books I've run across.

I know some of you folks will be familiar with the next name as NORBERT J. LUCHT, R.R.I, Box 161, Athens, Illinois 62613 writes: 'I started to subscribe to the IMA back in 1947 when it was called 'The Farm Album'. However, in November of 1970 I contacted encephalitis and as a consequence of this I was forced to retire from the ministry in December of 1971 and as a result of the loss of income I was compelled to drop my subscription.

'I started to collect steam engine catalogs, photographs and snap-shots in 1946. I have attended the Central States Thresherman's Reunion at Pontiac, Illinois several times. And I have written articles for the IMA and the GEM. I would like to correspond with anyone who is interested in the history of the old steam engine and thresher companies. I would like a snapshot of the Minneapolis 40 HP double tandem cylinder engine made in 1910.

'I am a retired Lutheran Minister and have a collection of tractor catalogs going back to 1939. I also have an extensive collection of automobile books and magazines.

'I am a retired Missouri Synod Lutheran minister and was 65 years old on July 12. My grandfather, William Lucht, Sr. was a pioneer thresherman around LaValle, Wisconsin and owned a 32-54 Case thresher which was horse powered. This was around the years 1902-1906. Around 1906 he had a man with a 16 HP Advance steam engine hook on to the separator. He quit threshing in 1910.

'I met Pastor Elmer Ritzman at the Central States Thresherman's Reunion at Pontiac, Illinois in September of 1952.

'Steam engine owners please send me snapshots of your engines.'

I'm glad to hear from FRANK J. BURRIS, 1102 Box Canyon Road, Fallbrook, California 92028 again. (Wish some more fellas or gals would be so faithful in sending stories and pictures.) Frank says: 'Following is a brief description of the snapshots as numbered. #1This is a view of one of ten new oil-burning locomotives as built by ALCO in 1926-27 for the Chadron hilly division of the C & NW Railway. These 2700 series engines were fitted with the Young valve gear, which resembled the Walshaerts except that no crank arms were utilized off the main driver connections. Instead, the quarter-phase operation was obtained by a through-shaft to the crosshead on the opposite side, resulting in all-crosshead operation. The lap lever was operated from the top of the reverse link on the same side. Quite novel for another non-radial type gear. Young also experimented with rotary rocking valves on a C & NW Atlantic type passenger engine. Oh yes, the lokey in the picture was a class-J Mikado (2-8-2). A beautiful job! '#2Our elder daughter, Jacque-line, then 6, is allowed a wave from the engineer's position in one of SP's 4-8-8-2 (reversed) cabin-front Malleys. SP employed some 175 of these oil-burning giants especially adapted for their mountainous tunneled divisions. SP had more miles of tunneling than any other railroad anywhere, it is claimed. This helped keep the smoke out of the operating crews' eyes. The engineers only objection was that 'The work was always behind them,' and therefore less to be noted if anything went awry.

'#3Here again is old 4195 taking off from Alhambra, California with over a mile of box cars in tow. These engines were of 'simple' steam operation, for more speed (often-times used on passenger mountain service) and less maintenance. Efficiency was preserved through feed-water heating, superheating, etc. Sixty miles per hour could be held with full consist on even grade tracking. Another innovation!'

Take a look at the picture that was sent in by WILLIAM FLOWERS, Route 1, Box 332, Adena, Ohio 43901 and he writes: 'I bought this sorghum mill at a sale in West Alexander, Pennsylvania this spring. It is not very big, but heavy. I had to replace a couple of brass bushings that were worn out and cleaned and painted it.

'Has anyone ever heard of this particular make? I will answer all correspondence.'

Thought you might like to try a dessert called 'Cherries-in-the-Snow'. We tried it and everyone liked it Take 1 can of cherry pie filling, 2 pkgs. of Dream Whip (or large container of whipped cream bought from freezer in store), 8 oz. cream cheese, softened, 1 cup confectioner's sugar 10X, 1 angel food cake. Make Dream Whip according to directions on the packet. Blend the confectioner's sugar and the cream cheese. Add the Dream Whip to the cream cheese mixture. In a 9 x 13' pan, put a layer of the cream cheese mixture (use about 1/3 mixture). Break cake into small pieces and fit broken pieces of cake in a layer in the cheese. Add another layer of cheese mixture. Spread the pie filling. Top with the remaining cheese mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

In signing off, I'll leave you with a few thought provokers Some pay their bills when due, Some never do. And how do you do?.... Few men have the natural strength to honor a friend's success without envy... If your house is merely a place to eat and sleep, it ceases to be a home... The bonds of matrimony aren't worth much unless the interest is kept up....God put the church in the world. Satan seeks to put the world in the church.

By the time you receive this, holidays will be around the corner, so get a head start and get that Christmas shopping done, and do have a Blessed Season. Let's all strive to make next year a better year with our help. Love ya!