R. D. 2, Dover, Ohio
I HAVE BEEN READING your interesting magazine since 1952 and have never written you, but a picture in the Nov.-Dec. 1957 issue, page 16, of a Nichols and Shepard prompted this.
That picture was not taken at the Fair but in our pasture field the first Sunday afternoon after I finished painting it. This was August 1953. I can't, in spite of myself, understand how you got the picture or who sent it to you. (We don't know either or it would have been printed with the picture E.L.R.)
I bought this engine in August 1952 from Mr. Arthur S. Young, Kinzers, Pa., (the greatest man I ever knew) the fall after I graduated from high school. I had to borrow most of the money I paid for it. As a matter of fact I bought this engine nearly a year before I had an automobile. Steam is the first in my mind as you can see.
It is a 1915 model with a double riveted lap seam boiler. The water tanks were gone when I got it. I repainted it and took it to the Tuscosa was County Fair at Dover, New Philadelphia, Ohio in 1953. The engine is a 16-60 No. 13896. In the spring of 1954 I sold the engine to a man in Choshocton, Ohio, because Mr. Young wrote me he had located another N & S like mine, complete and like new, built in 1924.
This engine is number 14030 and I have also restored it. I used them both to fill our silos and run my Dad's saw mill. The engine is in beautiful shape and neither love nor money could buy it.
At the present time I am hand firing two 250 hp. boilers in a nearby brick yard. I have a license and really enjoy my work. It is work but when you enjoy it you don't mind.