Well, we are going down the other side of 1971 heading towards 1972-seems unbelievable, doesn't it, or maybe the time doesn't go as fast for you as it does for me. Do hope you are all enjoying the Reunions and meeting your old friends again renewing the past years and looking forward to the other ones ahead.
See where at a Reunion (or Rally) they had in Australia they had something really different at least I think so I quote: 'For the first time an egg and spoon race was included in the programme of ring events and all engines reached the finish line without a single egg broken, proving the skill of the crews and that a traction engine can be smooth and gentle. Now on to our letters.
J. A. SILLARS, 414 So. 5th St., Sac City, Iowa 50583 writes: 'We have an old potato cutter and have no idea how old it is. We have taken the following information that is on it. Potato cutter (hand) Aspinwall patents - Aspinwall Mfg. Co., Jackson, Michigan. (This is to cut potatoes to plant). No. 190 was on the frame. Another number 164N - 166N - 168N - 169N. I would like to find out how old this cutter is, if possible and if it would be of any value as an antique.'
I'm sure we must have some potato farmers in our Iron-Men Family - how about it?? Do you have the answers for Mr. Sillars?
A letter from across the waters from JOHN A. NORRIS, Box 21 Walkerville, South Australia 5081 in which he says: 'I receive the IRON-MEN ALBUM regularly and really enjoy it.' John also sent us a program of their Rally held last Nov. Dates for this year by the way are November 6 and 7, 1971 and it is The Lake Goldsmith Steam Engine Preservation Society that holds it. And like John said, 'You never know there may be enthusiasts from the U.S.A. visiting Australia and we would certainly welcome them to our show.'
THEODORE HAXALL, 4644 Hanover Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23226 writes: 'I am searching for a picture and over all dimensions of an A. B. Farquhar Co. 15 HP farm steam engine and boiler mounted on skids (stationary) or on wheels (portable) horsedrawn built sometime between 1850 and 1890. A. B. Farquhar manufactured steam engines at York, Pa. during this period according to information I have, but not yet verified.'
Anybody out there that can help Ted find the picture he is seeking. I'm sure he will be glad to hear from you.
GALE L. WOLLENBERG of Hollenberg, Kansas 66946 writes us: 'I have a question that I haven't found an answer for yet. Was some sort of seal or gasket material used along the rivet seam to avoid a leaky seam in constructing a steel boiler?' (How about it Fellows? I'm sure I don't know but I surely can ask my friends to give him the answer.)
Gale was in the Navy for four years and is now back home. He says he has been interested in steam traction engines but until he learned to run a lathe and a milling machine he was unable to do anything about this hobby. But, while in the Navy and with permission of superior officers he was able to use scrap metal to begin construction on a 1' scale model of a 75 HP Case Steam Traction Engine in his spare time. He is now in the process of assembling the parts. When he gets that engine completed he would like to start on a model of the 1912 J. Kemna 230-310 HP Ploughing Engine. This steam tractor was supposed to have been the most powerful ever built. He would like to know where he could get prints and dimensions on this German steamer.
We'll be looking forward to pictures of your engines, Gale.
C. M. REBELEIN, Keister, Minnesota 56651 wants to know: 'I am 75 years old and in February I had 28 years of steam threshing behind me. That girl standing on the side step oiling the steam engine I want to ask her a question and would like an answer. When she fires up a steam engine, what is the first thing she does or is supposed to do? (This picture Mr. Rebelein refers to is on the cover of Nov-Dec. 1970 and the young lady is Mary Jane Mixon.)
Any answer Mary Jane or anyone else? I bet we would get a lot of different answers.
Our sympathy to PAUL B. CURTIS, R. 3, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 who had the misfortune of having a fire in January. He says his house wasn't totally destroyed but he lost practically all of his pictures, catalogs and instruction manuals and most of his ALBUMS and GEMS. Many of you will understand how he feels and we wish him well and hope he can rebuild his hobby again.
DAVID GERWIN, 2369 State Route 300, Gibsonburg, Ohio 43431 tells us: 'I have several Better Farming With Better Tractors advertising booklets of the J. I. Case T. M. Co. In one of these a 40-72 tractor is described. Its weight is listed as 21,200 lbs. I would be very interested in learning if any of these tractors are in existence today as I would imagine that there were not very many made.
Write Dave if you know of any of these monsters around.
ROY D. SHEETS, 4894 Infirmary Rd., Miamisburg, Ohio 45342 is restoring a 1914 40 HP Case Steam Engine. He would like some help. He needs the dimensions of the fuel bunkers and canopy which covers the engine. Send information to him if you have it he will greatly appreciate it.
W. MONCUR, Administrator, Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Inc., Box 10, Austin, Manitoba, Canada is looking for some data re his letter: 'We will be restoring some Rumely machinery in the near future such as Rumely steamers, plows and threshing machines. We were wondering if you could tell us the original colors of these items as we would like to paint them as they were when they were being used.
We would also like to get some colored literature of these articles if possible. If you have any available or know where we could get some, we would certainly appreciate any information.'
I'm sure some of you old-timers can help them out on these requests.
That's it for this time except a few quotations A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.---The only people you should try to get even with are those who helped you.---No person really lives until he learns to love.
Bye bye and by the time this magazine is read and re-read well be raking leaves and answering 'Trick or Treat' doorbells.