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Lary Doffin

Is Young Engineer Lary Doffin, age 15, operating his Ottawa Log Saw.

Sheldon Jones

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Torque Power, Live Steam Models, Hyattstown, Box 144-D, R. F. D., Ijamsville, Maryland 21 154

Hi There Young Engineers:

This past Spring I attended the pre-show get together of the Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association in Berryville, Virginia. There were no engines in operation, just a picnic lunch and a board of Directors Meeting.

When it was over I drove to Paul Giles' new farm located in Bunker Hill, West Virginia. The main attraction of Paul's new farm is the twin water steel mill which came with the farm. The mill commonly known as the Bunker hill Mill had been in operation from the late 1700s until 1964. Paul took me for a tour through the mill which revealed some of the most fascinating machinery I have ever seen. The complete history of the mill has not yet been compiled but, when it is, I will have an article on it.

When the Berryville, Virginia show time came I was ill and unable to attend. But from the reports I have gotten the show went very well. The Berryville show is one that I highly recommend you attend, come next show time.

I was able to attend the Eastern Shore Threshermen and Collectors Association, held near Federalsburg, Maryland. The Eastern Shore boys had really been working hard to make this show bigger and better than ever. They had constructed a new building for the sawmill and a large food stand.

I put on my Foundry demonstration, but it was so hot, I could not accomplish very much as my moulding sand kept drying out. Not long after I arrived, I met my friend John Ellingsen, Jr. who took me for a ride in his Doonbuggy built on a V W chassis. John also had a nice display of steam and gas engines. There I also met George Godfrey, Jr. age 14, who had recently restored 40-62 Huber gas tractor. George K. Neal, 17 years old, engineer in charge of operating a 16-50 twin cylinder Nichols-Shepard engine. Lary Doffin 15 years old operating a Ottawa log saw which he had restored. I spent three days at the show and thoroughly enjoyed it. I like to think of this show as my home show even though it is over 100 miles from where I live, but the trip is well worth it.

Well, this is all for right now.