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Hi! to all my good friends of IMA hope you are having a wonderful summer on your hops and stops at all the many shows across the nation don't forget if you run across any new show or perhaps a small show that may not be mentioned in our Directory, please let us know and make us known to the folks at that show toot' will be appreciated. We are also interested in Museums that are related to our hobby magazines or early farm times of America.

Do you know by the time you receive this magazine we are well past the half year of 1984you may recall I mentioned in the Jan-Feb. issue we do not know what is in store for '84and it's good we don't well, I'll bring you up to date on our news. I know many of you folks are familiar with Keli Branyan Gaffney in corresponding with this magazine. I'm not sure you knew Keli is my daughter and the mother of a 5 year old beautiful little daughter. Well, Keli is no longer with our magazine family, as she recently has taken over full time domestic duties. Keli was married early last fall to Martin Flannery, and was expecting a baby July 5th by Caesarean birth well, the baby is here came very fast June 21, still had the C-section birth, but gave us all quite a scare as we nearly lost both Keli and the baby girl. But, Praise God, he saw fit to bring them both through and as of now they are doing as well as expected for which we are grateful. So now there are two little ones, Megan Julie Flannery and Kortni Lynn Gaffney. I just wanted to share as I know many of you folks are interested in the staff family members.

And now on to our few letters that came for the columnget writing my dear friends or I might not be able to tell you any more tidbits

C. T. TOTTEN, Box 392, Calder, Idaho 83808. Phone 208-245-3370 sends this: 'I sure could use some help from someone out there in Iron Land. I have a Duplex steam pump 3X2X3 S/N 40840. It was made by the Gardner Governor Co., Quincy, Illinois. Any and all information on this unit, such as color, manufacturer, date, etc. will be greatly appreciated. All letters will be answered.'

'I know where there is a condemned Minneapolis boiler setting if anyone is interested,' writes DAVID BRAZEAU, 1511 Western Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703. (Get in touch with David if you want more information.)

Next communication comes from VERNE KING, Sargent, Nebraska 68874 as he writes: 'Mr. Joe Poland has been restoring a large metal eagle for the Chadron State College and I am interested in some information on it. It was on a building in Omaha, Nebraska and when Case moved out, they gave the college the eagle. It was vandalized and Mr. Poland restored it. I helped him a small amount and became quite interested in it.

'The eagle is about nine feet tall and the ball is about six feet. I would say it is a large version of the Case Eagle or 'Old Abe'. There was some good metal work done on it. Mr. Poland reproduced the small Case Eagle in cement or fiber glass. Any information you can give me about this will be greatly appreciated. I would particularly like to know when it was first made and how many?'

A letter of interest to all comes from GEORGE E. HOFFMAN, 9312-173A Street, Surrey, B.C., Canada V3S 5X7. 604-576-2556: 'Enclosed' are photos of a machine that I am researching and will eventually write a complete story on. When the article is completed, I will submit it to your magazine.

'The history of this mammoth crawler reaches half-way around the world. This incredible story will begin in England. It will follow a trail by sailing ship around the cape of South America, up the Pacific Coast to Skagway, Alaska and travel the famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Railroad to the Klondike gold fields.

'After a very short life hauling 100 ton loads of coal through forty miles of back country to Dawson City, Yukon, the trail leads to a remote inlet on Northern Vancouver Island. After forty years of abandonment, it now has been moved and sits awaiting a trip to our restoration shop.

'This giant machine is probably the rarest piece of steam equipment in North America today. It was custom-built and is one of a kind. Its history reaches far and wide, being directly tied to the development of the Holt crawler tractor in California, production of the world's first army tank, plus many other interesting facts.

'The above information will surely stimulate the memories and imaginations of our old-time readers. Can anyone identify this giant? How many horsepower? What year built? How many tons? What kind of boiler? I would appreciate all correspondence on the subject. Please write me!' (Do get in touch with George if you can add to the story and we'll be looking for your finished article, George.)

'The photo showing the machine and wagon is a factory print. The other was taken April 7, 1984 on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.'

I thought you might like this poem that was in the Central North Dakota Steam Threshers Show book 1974-1975. I'm sure many of you sit a-dreaming at time sit is entitled:

THE DREAM OF AN OLD ENGINEER

I had a dream the other day, while sleeping in my chair,
About machines of other years, and steam engines everywhere.
It seemed I was invited to an old steam threshers meeting,
Where you meet your friends and each extends his hand in friendly greeting.

They said some grand old engineers would have their engines showing,
With lots of steam and on the beam, would have their whistles blowing.
They said there would be engineers from almost every state
And engines, too, we're telling you, the small, the big, the great.

They said I'd see the big machines, lined up along the streets,
And there would be a nice cook car, where I could buy some eats.
They said I'd meet some cooks inside, and I would find they are
A nicer bunch of cookies, than I'd find in any jar.

This lovely bunch would cook me lunch, or cook me chops and steaks,
And make me glad I stopped in there to take my coffee break.
They said I'd see some models that were made by dad and kids,
I would see these things around the grounds, and nothing would be hid.

They said there 'd be a big parade with engines by the score,
And there would be a threshing bee that would last from one 'til four.
They said that after thirty years that I would get a chance,
To pull the throttle once again on a thirty horse Advance.

They said they'd have a compound Reeves and Rumely at their place,
They would have a mighty Avery, and a great big J. I. Case.
They said the long old Peerless would be sitting on their lot,
And next to it a Huber and a forty horse Gaar-Scott.

A Minneapolis I would see beside an old Farquhar,
And I would see a Birdsall and a fine old Aultman Star.
I'd see a big old Buffalo Pitts, a North West among the others.
I'd see the Nichols & Shepard and a wonderful Wood Brothers.

They said I would see a Stevens, that was hitched up to a trailer.
And I'd see an old Keck-Gonnerman and a nice old Aultman Taylor.
They said I'd see a Baker, all shined up nice and slick,
That I would see a Mogul, a Leader and a Frick.

They said I'd see a Scheidler, as it was next in line,
And I'd see the big Port Huron, the one that looks so fine.
They said you bet there's one more yet, and this will make you hustle.
It bears the trademark of a bull, and is the old boss Russell.

I don't know what they told me next, for I heard an awful roaring,
But I know I jumped clear of my chair, for I'd woke myself up snoring.
That is my dream of the day of steam, while sleeping in my chair.
We were pushed aside by a mighty tide, and somehow it seems unfair.

That steam was best for power, there never was a doubt.
It was the gas engine economy that brought the change about.
These combines and the diesels that I hear about so much,
I know an old steam engineer would never want to touch.

I know I'm old and my boilers cold,
No more will I have it steaming.
They can thresh the wheat, I'll just sleep and eat.
They won't stop me from dreaming.

Well, it's been quite awhile since I've had a recipe in the column if you like them, I'll continue with them let me know. Here's one called Mississippi Mud Cake:

2 cups sugar 1 cup shortening
1 cups flour 1/3 cup cocoa
4 eggs            3 tsp. vanilla
tsp. salt      1 cup chopped pecans

Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and beat. Sift flour, cocoa and salt and add to mixture. Add vanilla and nuts. Pour into greased pan and bake 40-45 minutes at 300 degrees. Spread marshmallows on top of cake and melt in warm oven while cake is warm.

Icing:
1 stick butter        1/3 cup cocoa
1 box 10X sugar   cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla         1 cup chopped pecans

Sift sugar and cocoa mixture with melted butter. Add cream, vanilla, and nuts. Spread on top of marsh-mallows. Let stand for a couple of hours. Cut into squares.

'I would like to know if any charts', exist on the Pickering fly-ball governor that will show what the flat wire spring sets are,' writes JACK E. BUTLER, 111 Meeks Terrace, Thomaston, Georgia 30286 as he requests this letter in this column. 'I have several old mill supply catalogs that show a parts list for these governors but none of these catalogs tell about the springs other than calling it a spring set. I need to know the steel thickness, length, width and number of springs per set for all size governors made by this company. I think this information is very important to any person using these old governors. Thanks for your help in this matter.' (If you have the answer, please write Jack as he is waiting.)

'Enclosed is a Xerox copy of the first tank built in America for World War I. It was called 'The America' and weighed 45 tons and was propelled by steam. I don't know what they used for fuel. I have no idea where the original picture came from. Maybe someone out there would have more information. All letters will be answered.' This comes from WILLIAM FLOWERS, Box 322, Route 2, Adena, Ohio 43901.

J. W. PAROLEK, 503 Denver, Schuyler Nebraska 68661 sends this picture and note: 'This is a % scale 60 HP Case that I made 35 years ago. I am now over 91 years old (or I would say young). Also built three models, ? scale 40 Case. Return flue Avery scale. If there is a dead engine in the show, I go doctor it have diploma 97%.'

A story to ponder As Ye Sow A wealthy man died and went to heaven. During his interview with St. Peter a beautiful mansion was pointed out to him. 'That,' said St. Peter, 'is the celestial home of your butler.'

'Well,' smiled the new arrival broadly, 'if my butler gets a place like that, I certainly look forward to seeing what my new home will be like.'

'You will live in that little hut,' said St. Peter.

'Me live in that hovel! It's ridiculous!' stormed the rich man.

'That is the best we can do for you,' said St. Peter. 'You must understand that we can only build your home up here with the materials you sent on ahead when you were on earth.' (We//springs of Wisdom Ralph L. Woods)

LYLE E. PROBERT, 707 S. Myrtle, Kimball, Nebraska 69145 writes: 'Over 20 years ago I met a man here in Kimball who had built a scale model 20 HP Case tractor. This man has long since died. I was interested in knowing if anyone could tell me where to get plans or blueprints for such a project. I am not particular as to the type of plans as long as it is large enough to be driven in local parades. Steam power is very fascinating and any way someone could help would be most appreciated.'

Some information comes from MERL BARNES, 7013 Northview, Boise, Idaho 83704, who tells us: 'If anyone is needing some two inch pitch roller chain, write to me and I will get it for you. The junk yard here has quite a lot of it. It will cost fifteen cents per pound plus $1.50 for cutting plus freight. It is in real good condition, rusted some but not real tight. It weighs 6.61 pounds per foot according to Morse catalog. I do not expect to make a profit on this, just want to help my fellow collectors.'

I would like to mention that many times you folks will send along some item of interest and a newspaper clipping picture. We cannot print the story or the picture without written permission from the paper. We must give them the credit. So do try and get the permission before you send it. We appreciate these items, but that is the rule we must follow.

'I have been taking your good magazine for some years now, so I'll send a few lines on our work,' writes KENNETH NOLBY, Braham, Minnesota 55006.

'My Dad and two uncles were in the logging and sawmill and threshing business so we had steam engines for power. One was a Reeves 20 HP double simple for years, but it was not big enough for all the work, so they bought a Reeves 32-110 cross comp. We had a lot of work for it with lumbering and threshing and also breaking up land grubbing and grading roads.

The big engine is in the picture with engine and crew pointing to the left. The separator is a 36-56 Minneapolis. From left the crew are: Charlie Nolby, 'boss', Alfred Johnson, Kenneth Nolby, Harry Borell, Carl Bergstrom, Bill Norling, Lester Nolby and Gust Nelson and Ernest Bergstrom on tank.' (Thanks for sending these nice old pictures and the information we hope others will do the same!)

Take a look at this picture thought you might enjoy it! This came from BILLY M. BYRD, 369 S. Harrig Street, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431. Says Billy: 'It used to be on the rails, but now its in my back yard!' (How about that for a yard ornament?)

Some little thought provokers to think about The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret. Your true religion is the life you live, not the creed you profess. Live so your autograph will be wanted and not your fingerprints.

And then PAUL R. BREISCH, 187 W. Ridge Pike, Royersford, Pennsylvania 19468 sent this to me. STEAM THAT BLOWS THE WHISTLE NEVER TURNS THE WHEEL. Bye bye get to as many reunions as you can and fill up that memory bank.