| November/December 1957

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Thank you for calling my attention to the expiration of my subscription to THE IRON-MEN ALBUM magazine. I do not want to be without this Magazine no, not for one issue. I look forward to its coming with a great deal of anticipation and joy.

I have been interested in steam engines since my early boyhood. My father owned, as a first engine and thresher, a 10 hp. Nichols & Shepard engine and a 32 inch hand-fed, web stacker, hand measure separator. Yes, he had the oscillating stacker, too. I fired this engine for some time. It was a left hand guide and without a clutch. Later he traded this one for an old time 12 hp. Rumley. The kind with the belt wheel between the right drive wheel and the boiler. I have no idea as to how old it was, but it was a good little engine. We had to have the cylinder rebored and then it had a lot of power. We owned two other engines of the same type and make. They were 15 hp. With these last two engines we had Case steel separators of the first ones to come out. The last Rumley didn't have the power that it ought to have had, but we got along very nicely. We junked the last one back in about 1939 or '40. I now wish I had it back. The first 15 hp. engine had a lot of power, but it was so very rough on gravel roads, that we had to cut every other cleat off the drivers and put two in the place of one, spacing them equally which made it a much easier engine over the gravel roads but not so good in mud. With the 12 hp. engine we had a 33 inch Russell separator with a Great Western feeder, a blower big enough for two separators. It was so big that it was with difficulty that we could top out a straw rack without blowing the top all off. One wing finally broke off and my father took the chisel and cut the opposite one off and then we had just about the correct amount of wind for what ever we were threshing.

I still am glad to drive 100 miles to the Mt. Pleasant Old Thresher's Reunion and display. I would just love to once more get into a pair of overalls and run one of those steam engines. I understand the language a steam, engine uses. Keep the IRON-MEN ALBUM coming. Also keep up the reunions of old threshers.

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and served in the Friends Church as pastor for 31 years and am now and have been since 1951, General Superintendent of our Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends Church, (Conference, if you are Methodist).

Yours for the good old days.


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