Three Generations OF STEAM MEN

3 generation picture of steam men

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122-19th Ave., N.W., Rochester, Minnesota 55901

This is a 3 generation picture of steam men my husband Curtis Leighty, age 77 years of Rochester, Minnesota, my son Glen Leighty age 39 years of River Falls, Wisconsin, and my grandson Curt Leighty, age 20 of the U. S. Navy in San Diego, California.

Curtis was a fireman on Milwaukee Road when steam locomotives were on. He was on the Milwaukee Road till diesels came in. He has always been fascinated by steam. He used to take his son Glen down to the depot from the time he was a baby, and tell him all about steam and watch the trains come in. After diesels came in he got a steam traction engine and when his grandson was a small child told him all about running steam engines. All three of them went to steam shows together.

This 1916 Gaar Scott 25 HP double cylinder butt strap thick boiler (working pressure 200#, we carry 155# in it), was gotten in Canada. It is used 3 days at the Root River Steam Show in Racine, Minnesota, sawing lumber. This is a new show and very interesting. It is also used in the Rochester steam show for 2 days sawing lumber and plowing.

This year at the Rochester steam show of July 27th and 28th, Curt, our grandson got a leave from the Navy to come home to help with running the Gaar Scott steam engine in the show.

All three men are very interested in steam. Curt works in the engine room of the USS Mariner Shields, the ship he is stationed on.

Curtis Leighty has always been interested in teaching this younger generation about steam. We need to keep these steam shows a going so that the people of today see how important was the Power of the Past.