Whistle In The Winter

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R.R. 2, Box 120, Odell, Illinois 60460

That's just what you would have heard if you happened to be driving past the Tracy Powers residence on December 26, 1992. But for those of you who didn't get to spend the day after Christmas enjoying the sight and sound of a steamer, I will try to relate what took place at Morenci, Michigan, on this cold winter day.

Tracy had been thinking about having a winter steam up to break up the long winter hibernation for his 19 HP Port Huron. When he told me this, I thought it was a great idea. It must have seemed like a good way to spend the day to everyone else infected with steam fever in the Michigan area, as Tracy had a yard full of onlookers by mid-afternoon.

Howard Miller brought his 'power eater' generator to put a load on the engine. It sure was a sight to watch the smoke and steam billowing out of the stack as the old Port did her stuff. The temperature may have stayed cold, but no one seemed to mind.

It takes a lot of extra work and planning to steam up in the winter, but don't be surprised if you are in the Morenci, Michigan, area this year around Christmastime and roll down your window and hear a 'whistle in the winter.'