a letter- AND the story


| May/June 1962



Tacoma, Ohio

Dear Sir:

Startling as it may seem how I contacted you for after near the verge of fifty years - May 1912 - by an IRON-MEN Magazine being handed to me by an aged one-time thresherman to read a story of a foreigner and his runaway mule being scared by the pop valve of a steam traction engine fifty-one years ago, you had sold, and the hobo's story of the event. Also regarding the 19 year old young man fifty-nine years or 1903 who run a 12hp Frick Traction engine for you from July to bleak December.

Well, what I am going to refer to is on that May day 1912, I distinctly remember - you surely do or judge so. At a telegraph and business school or college where I was on my last month of learning telegraphy before I accepted a railroad telegraph job June 1st, 1912, which will be fifty years this coming 1962, pounding the tele-key. Many times in this span of years has that event come to my memory when the president of the board of trustees of the college and their private lady secretary, both telegraphy teachers at the dinner table began a conversation by the Morse code on their tin trays regarding you, and your reply in the Morse code of dots and dashes surely shocked them. Why not write that interesting event or story for the ALBUM? I will be looking for it as that issue I read got me interested. In case you do write it, try and instruct your Editor to have it in his May-June issue to commemorate the fifty years since I saw it happen at that telegraph and business school.

Very truly yours,

The above letter is a copy of the history or story of which I am writing regarding that May day nearly fifty years ago. Having been sent or assigned to make a settlement for a new threshing outfit sold and see to unloading it and load a used trade in outfit for shipment in 1912, - but was very much surprised when someone contacted us saying the Superintendent or president of the Board of Trustees of the School of Telegraphy or Business College wanted to know if that used threshing outfit was for sale, and if so, to call at the college office at once. They stated the school had control of several hundred acre farms and could use the second hand rig which had done threshing the previous fall.