Soot in the flues

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Hi to all of you out across the nation wending you way to the Steam Shows - if the money holds out to buy the gas - how about it? At the rate we're going, who knows, maybe we'll go back to steam cars???? Have fun though and as you travel from show to show - just as the bees flit from flower to flower gathering honey, I know you are gathering 'sweets' for the next year's memory box. What a precious blessing that our Creator gave us the ability to remember -trouble is, we remember what we want to and not always what we should - but you know what? -despite all the problems facing the world today - I'm very optimistic and eagerly looking forward to the forthcoming year - for with the Bi-Centennial year now in progress - more than ever we are going back into history and remembering the events that brought our country this far - and I for one, still feel very lucky and proud to live in this land. God Bless America! Enough flag waving for this issue and onto the words from our Iron-Men Family

A news item comes from MR. AND MRS. HENRY E. BECKER, 37 Livingston Avenue, Roseland, New Jersey 07068 - 'The Centerville & Southwestern Railroad will be relocated and running again under the auspices of the Mon-mouth County New Jersey Park Commission. The C & S R R had operated for twenty-five years on the former Becker Dairy Farm in Roseland, N.J. when closed on September 4, 1972.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Becker, donors of the miniature railroad, are pleased that it will be in good hands and nearby for many of its former riders.' (Thanks for the good news!)

TED LANDERS, New Life Farm, Drury, Missouri 65638 brings up a point - 'What are the problems associated with monotone boilers? They seem like the best way to go from a cost standpoint, but you never hear of anyone liking them. We don't have a boiler and are considering making a mono-tube. Are there are boiler design books available?' (I don't know, do you?)

Here comes a letter with hopes of replies - LAURENCE GRAVES, Route 1, Box 147, Suisun, California 94585 states: 'I'm a steam buff nut, way out and points West. In late 50s, the late Ray Campbell loaned me a book listing 200? steam cars built and disappeared from the road. All gone by 1925 when the last Stanleys and Dobles ceased business. Why were they unsuccessful? They burned too much fuel. The layman forgot them. Most used 6-800 lbs. steam pressure. One car carried 1000 lbs. (psi). This should have made them very efficient. It did not! Readers of the ALBUM recognize a 20-60 steamer has 60 HP on the belt (flywheel) and only 20 HP at drawbar. What happened to the 40 HP difference? It was swallowed up by friction in the plain gear bearings. The drive wheel bearings carrying the weight of a heavy boiler have lots of drag. Gas tractors are better off with expensive roller bearings. Even here a 60 HP loses half its horsepower and is rated only 30 HP at drawbar.

Firing up a double pancake flash coil in August 1974 and working feed pump by hand, little force was required up to 100 psi. At 200 psi one feels the pressure. My pump is a brass plunger 5/8' D X 1' stroke. Packing is on end of plunger. It can easily hit 1000 psi at 6-800 psi I put extension on handle. Carried this psi for one hour and twenty minutes. At these pressures, steam cars used too much steam to run feed pump. So the car used too much fuel. Driver could not sense this. 2% is the estimated steam consumption for a feed pump. Allowing pump friction, I cannot see how 50 pounds of steam can pump 3000 pounds water into a boiler at 150 psi. Comment requested!'

ARCHIE L. LOETHER, 2319 NW 99th Street, Vancouver, Washington 98665 sends us this information: 'After leafing through the Iron-Men Album, I usually come back and read 'Soot in the Flues', first. On page 8 of the May-June issue is a request for information about Tiny Power Steam Model. I phoned Mrs. Arnold and she told me Charles had died March 18. She is selling his power tools first. He had sold his 2' scale Case Model to Cole's power Models, Box 788, Ventura, California 93001 over two years ago. I have his 2' Case model. He made my boiler and I did the rest - took nearly four years.

I do not know anything about the Denison Live Steam Models. The Arnolds lived about one mile north west of Junction City, Oregon.'

MERREL HAAKENSON, Dickey, North Dakota 58431 wrote and told us that Tiny Power is now owned by Cole's Power Models, Box 788, Ventura, California 93001. Says he also sent a letter to Denison and his letter came back. Merrel is a builder of steam engines and has built two; one being a 1' scale model Case 65 HP and the other a 3' scale model 30 HP Advance Rumely. (Thanks fellows, for your interest in getting this news to us.)

WEBSTER L. MOONEY, Nortonville, Kansas 66060 writes: 'Find enclosed payments for both magazines. I have all issues up to now and hope I can keep receiving them to have a complete file of both publications. I'm a little late as in March of 1974 I had a very severe stroke that left me with a totally useless left hand and arm, also with no use of left leg and foot. I'm not able to stand or walk alone and it's doubtful if I ever will.' (Now Webster had requested I get the news to his friends through the Soot in the Flues column -I'm sure he would like to hear from his steam buddies - and we hope and pray he is coming along juch better.)

MORRIS E. BOSTON, 30 Luton Road, Wilshamstead, Bedford, England sends this writing to our I.M.A. Family - 'I have recently been in touch with the Curator of the Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum of Michigan regarding a steam engine they have there which was made in Bedford, England. He suggested I write to you regarding any information you have on English made engines. I understand there are a few in America.

Some of us got together and formed the Mid Bedfordshire Agricultural Research Society. We are interested in the development of all agricultural machinery through the ages, and as the first mechanical power was steam - it seems a logical place to start.

I have seen a copy of your magazine, but it is rather difficult to get hold of over here. We were very interested in your big direct ploughing engine. We went in for the cable drawn ploughs over here. There is a great interest in steam here. We have over thirty traction engine clubs and there are around 2500 engines in preservation. I am in contact with an engine club in Australia and they have a lot of big portable engines which is different again.' (I think Morris would most enjoy hearing from his steam pals on this side of the ocean - how about it?)

FRED H. KEMNA, R.R. 5, Danville, Illinois 61832 sends us a complimentary note and a note of interest also as he pens us: 'I have been taking the Iron-Men Album since 1947 and I think it's a real steam magazine. I read it from cover to cover and get a real thrill from it. I have eleven steamers and six separators. We thresh every year but I just advertise in the local paper. We have a large crowd.

I owned the Aultman Taylor engine that was shipped to South America in 1947 from Kinzers, Pennsylvania.'

Our 1975 Steam Directory was a step in the right direction as it seemed to meet a need of the IMA and GEM families. It's time again to start getting the dates and information to us. Next year we are offering space for advertising also -if you have already advertised in the magazines - look for the announcement of the ad rates for the 1976 Directory (they are different from the usual ad rates) elsewhere in the magazine - I hope to hear from many of you folks -you may still list your organization FREE - the ads offer is something some of you want - when writing, please send us your comments also -our ultimate aim is to please the readers.

Also, please don't forget to get those recipes to me as you know we are now working on the 'Cook Book' - it will take awhile - also send along any little hints regarding cooking or housekeeping you might think is interesting and if it is appropriate for this type of book we'll try and use them.

Plans are rolling along for the Auction at Earlene Ritzman's the end of September - I'm sure you've all noticed the ads and comments by now-many folks are expected to attend this event and as I mentioned before - I'll be looking forward to seeing many of you wonderful folks I know by name only - be sure and make yourself acquainted - we're a pretty friendly bunch of people and our Sunday School Class will be making and serving the eats and they are a great gang of girls (I didn't say what age - girls can be any age, can't they??) See you at the food table!

Following is a very beautifully written letter by Rupert J. Jordan, Route 2, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. I hope it will not offend anyone - I, too, believe as Rupert and since I have the privilege of writing my own column - I choose to use this letter here and at this time.


After eighteen years we do look back to the memory of many dear friends, both men and women, who have passed on. This last winter has been most unusual. In just a few weeks we lost three fine men, all loyal workers. So, in the midst of our eighteenth birthday celebration we pause to think of and honor the following: our president, Maurice Grimwood, a director, Charles Schram and a charter member, Clarence Rote. We should also note a one-time member and past vice president Leonard Smith who passed away Easter Sunday afternoon. We too think of a past director Glenn Fisher who died last summer. These were all hard workers for our club and good personal friends of mine, and I remember them all with equal affection.

A person wrote in to the editor of a church magazine that I take. He was complaining that a minister had recently in a public meeting used the name of Jesus in his public prayer. The writer felt that it was unkind to those present of another religion than Christianity, that it was in poor taste and disregarded the personal feelings and loyalties of a number of people.

It may well be that there are some here tonight of a different religion. I feel that our Heavenly Father makes use of the good that is in all religions. That He uses for his purposes all religions that try to help human beings to live together in better ways.

However, these men whom we honor tonight were all Christian gentlemen of the highest caliber, and I feel compelled to speak on their passing from the Christian point of view.

In so doing I intend no disrespect for any other faith represented here and hope I will offend no one by what I say. I do respect anyone's freedom to disagree with my philosophy.

It is said the three greatest questions asked in the Bible are: (1) Am I my brother's keeper? (2) If a man dies, will he live again? (3) What shall I do with this man Jesus?

The first question has surely been answered in the affirmative by these friends of ours. By their loyalty to this club, and their work, not only here but in their local churches, and in all projects in their respective communities, they have shown concern for their human brothers. They have shown us by their efforts that they thought their fellow beings worthy of their best efforts. And they did give us their best.

We have just finished the celebration of Easter with all its beautiful music and traditions. We have again heard the message to people everywhere of the ongoing of life. It surely deals with the second question.

In riding around the country we often see billboards and signs saying, 'Christ died for your sins.' The sins of jealousy by the priests, the malice of the money changers and the fickle loyalty of the crowds were the immediate cause of the crucifixtion. These sins and many others are all around us today.

These billboards leave me always a little disappointed. They leave out such an important part, for I wish they would add, 'and rose again!' Many great persons have died and been forgotten. The Roman army nailed two thousand men to crosses in one day following a rebellion. None of these left the impact of what happened on Resurrection Morning.

The Bible tells us that Christ put down the last mortal enemy of man death. As one great piece of Easter Music puts it, 'Because He lives, I too shall live!' We have many times at funerals heard the words, 'Death is swallowed up in victory!'

Jesus is a fact. It is recorded in ancient Roman court records, that in a distant small province of Palestine this man was brought to a hearing and later executed by crucifixtion.

The Bible records that after that he was seen, not by just a chosen few, but by hundreds and hundreds of people, and in many places, too. I accept these facts and base my faith on them, and my hope that this earthly life is just the beginning.

We can all have this certainty that death is not defeat but rather entrance into a new quality of life. Some skeptics say it is just imagination. How could Jesus appear to these disciples through a solid wall with the door locked and barred. The doubters say this is a miracle and we do not believe in miracles. Yet, every night we sit in our homes with locked doors and drapes pulled and see all kinds of persons on T.V. We live in an age of seeming miracles of which the half is not yet known.

In preparing this evening's program I had a big problem. That is in a group of all ages could I speak in a way that would be understood by our young people. My own ideas and feelings about death have changed so much since I was a boy. Is there too big a generation gap for me to say anything meaningful to our boys and girls?

I think not for most have had some experience of losing someone. They recall a grandparent, or a cousin, or teacher, or aunt or uncle, or even someone of their own age, perhaps by auto accident or some other common misfortune. We parents mistakenly try to shield them from awareness of the fact of death. I think when they ask questions we should give them honest answers. Our children are tougher than we give them credit for being sometimes.

First we should say to them and at the same time admit to ourselves that death is just as much a part of life as is birth. People often say 'Why did that person have to die?' Not so often do we say, 'Why was that one born?' For we unconsciously recognize that birth is a common fact of life. We smile when little Topsy said, 'Please missus, I wasn't born - I just grew,' for we know better.

Someone has whimsically said the only sure things in life are death and taxes; but we put out of our minds that death is a natural part of life. We look at it too many times as the ultimate defeat of everything.

The Bible plainly tells us that it is but a step to a more wonderful quality of life. It says, 'The eye has not seen nor the ear heard the glories that have been prepared for us.' Our Indian friends have caught a glimpse of the truth when they speak of a 'Happy Hunting Ground.'

In other words a place where useful and pleasant things are going on. A place where the limitations and frustrations of this world are exchanged for a new and superior quality of life.

And there is a place where all this is going to happen. Jesus, who devoted his life to truth said, 'I go to prepare a place for you, if it were not so I would have told you.' I believe that and I count on it. These we honor tonight believed it and counted on it.

St. Paul said if this is not true, if Christ does not live then we of all men are most miserable. But as Christians we do have this certainty. The Rev. Elmer Ritzman, editor at the founding of our hobby magazine, stated at the end of his first wife's obituary, 'Her life goes on!' and millions of people everywhere believe this of their loved ones.

An interesting study has recently been revealed by some psychologists. They questioned people who had been declared dead but revived by modern medical procedures. Every such person described the feeling of joy, freedom, happiness and sense of peace they felt. Most of them expressed regret at having been brought back to this life.

Ours is a family type of club where men, women, boys and girls all work together to make it a success. This is a wonderful way to operate, for soon now we will have the third generation of young ones coming on as we older ones step out of the picture. Our club here and life itself are constantly being renewed in this manner.

A few years ago I stood by the outlet of Lake It ask a and saw a small stream of water trickling out through the reeds. I could jump across it there, but a few weeks later it has journeyed on to become the mighty Mississippi River. It eventually finds its way and passes into the great salty sea. Here its life is changed to the conditions of the great ocean.

Just as the river, these dear friends have passed out into the great beyond. We too in a natural sequence will follow them to greater opportunities, qualities and joyful living. This is all part of the great river of life, that includes the here and now as well as eternity and is a natural part of our whole life system.

The Bible says we only understand a little of this now for we see through a glass darkly. But in the new dimension all these limitations are removed. Then the good book tells us we shall see God and know Him as He is. Looked at it this way, those we honor tonight have not been defeated but are the real victors.

One of my favorite poems closes with two short lines that have been in my mind a long time. I leave them with you to think about. It says, 'Come along grow old with me, the Best is yet to be!'

By Rupert Jordan This memorial address given at 18th annual meeting of Northern Illinois Steam Power Club at Sycamore, April 5, 1975. Followed by a soprano solo 'I cannot always trace the way, but I can always say that God is love.' sung by Miss Ethel Miller piano ace. Mrs. Helen Dean flute by Rupert Jordan

Bye for now and God Bless each and every one of you!

Steamcerely, Anna Mae

This is our two cylinder stationary steam engine. We have no idea of the make or what it may have been used for. The person that we got it from didn't know that it was a steam engine. It was in a pile of junk when we got it. It has a reverse on it. If anyone can tell us the make and what it was used for we would appreciate it very much. Owned and restored by Russell & Wally Orth. Courtesy of Wally Orth, Box 97, Burgessville, Ontario, Canada.