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Smokey Joe and his engineers

Smokey Joe and his engineers at Eastern Shore Threshermen and Collectors Association at Federalsburg, Maryland. Courtesy of Sheldon Jones, Box 144-D, Route 1, Ijamsville, Maryland 21754.

Sheldon Jones

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Torque Power, Hive Steam Models, Hyattstown, Box 144-D, R. F. D., Ijamsville, Maryland 21754

Hi There Young Engineers:

At the writing of this, it is the first of September and about the end of the show season. So far I have attended the Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association show at Berryville, Virginia, and The Eastern Shore Threshermen and Collectors Association at Federalsburg, Maryland. At both shows I was accompanied by Geary Boggs of Frederick, Md. Geary is eleven years old and has been a steam enthusiast since the age of seven. Geary's dad, Bill Boggs, is a well known guitarist and one of the employees at the Micro-Frets Corporation. Geary assisted me in the foundry and blacksmithing exhibit at Berryville and the Eastern Shore.

While at the Berryville show Geary and I stayed at the home of Paul Giles in West Virginia which is near Berryville. I would like to thank Paul Giles and family for their hospitality. I always enjoy visiting with the Gileses as it affords me an opportunity to learn more about the twin water wheel mill which is Paul's pride and joy. The mill is something that many of you young people would enjoy seeing and should do if you are near Bunker Hill, West Va. Paul takes great pride in showing his mill to visitors and explaining about it. Even though the Berryville show was held under the constant threat of rain, this did not stop the steam engine enthusiasts from coming. I really enjoyed the show and especially talking with the many readers of this page who come by to see me. Many of the young people I talked with were getting into the building of model steam engines and the making of their own cast parts. The young people who are coming into the hobby now will insure the continuance of the hobby and should be encouraged to do so. In the past several years I have heard some very poor remarks made by some of the older engineers in regard to the appearance of our young engineers. In particular to the length of the hair that many of our engineers have. Fortunately not all of the older engineers feel this was as one told me, 'I don't care how long their hair is, as long as they like steam engines they are all right in my book'. I think this is the best attitude to have.

I always look forward in particular to attending the Eastern Shore Thresherman's show and this year was no exception. Even though the Eastern Shore show has grown considerably since I first wrote about it there is still a feeling of being welcome when you attend this show, and this is very important to the exhibitors who put a great deal of time and effort into attending the shows. The newest attraction at the show is Smokey Joe the steam train. I am not sure who the engineer was as there were so many tending to the engine. It put me in mind of my two nephews playing with their new train set last Christmas. It is interesting how a steam engine can bring out the little boy in those who are past sixty. We had very nice sunny weather for the show, it seemed like there were more people than ever attending. John Ellingsen, one of our young engineers at the show was unable to attend as he was at sea in the Merchant Marines. John's dad told me that he had been almost completely around the world. Some people have all the luck.

Jim Layton of the Eastern Shore Threshermens and Paul Giles of Shenandoah Valley, Presidents of the clubs deserve a great deal of credit for their efforts, it is certainly not an easy job.

Well, this is all for now.