After 21 Years A Thank You To All From Cattail Foundry


| November/December 1997



Engine

167 W. Cattail Road Gordonville, Pennsylvania 17529

Greetings! and hello to all of you out there! Now, a few of you I have met in the foundry and other places, like steam and gas shows.

It almost does not seem possible that 21 years have come and gone since we poured our first iron. Now don't get the idea that we are something big, we are not, but have learned a few things in these years. We try hard not to get too big, but we have a few boys working for us that are fine workers, so we can get away with some iron. So, I want to thank all of you that have brought things here to cast, also those who sent their things by mail or UPS. It has been a pleasure to us, because you are a good and trustworthy group of guys; very few have let us down with their money.

Now let me write a few things that brought this progress about:

First of all, my grandfather, David M. King, is responsible for some of it, as he was a very dedicated thresher. He moved to the farm where we still live, already having five children in 1916, and having five more here on this farm, my father being born in 1920. About that year Granddad bought his first steam engine in co-op with his brother. It was an R Peerless, which they drove home, a distance of about 20 miles, right through Lancaster Square! They took the job of running a threshing machine for Reuben Stoltzfus, who had another rig consisting of engine, thresher and baler. So after a few years of running Rube's machine, Granddad and his brother John bought it, also got a bigger engine, a TT Peerless. After a year or so, Granddad wanted a baler to go along with it. John, not ready to invest in a baler, sold his share to Grandfather.

This is the engine that Benjamin L. King bought in 1962: E. J. King's 9 x 10 Frick, threshing July 6, 1993. (My son Aaron is on the seat.)