The interior of Mr. Ray Ernest's Machine Shop. It is very efficiently arranged and equipped. No wonder Ray turns out such good work on his machines. It is Ray Ernest of Wayland, Iowa. John
R. D. 5, Huntingdon, Ind.,
who many will remember at the Alvordton and Pontiac Reunions, writes us in part as follows: Bill is his efficient helper and son.
Bill and I are now back home again in Indiana. Had a wonderful time in Wisconsin playing for the Extension Division of the University of Wisconsin. We save 46 perforamnces. But our greatest joy was that of watching for steam engines. Had a wonderful time with Gilmar and Alice Johnson at Frederic. Gilmar took us to see Harry Lindblad and his Case engine that you referred to on page 11 of Vol. 6 No. 3. Indeed it is worth seeing. On our trip we saw 25 ensiles; 1 in Indiana; 1 in Iowa; and 23 in Wisconsin. In fact we saw seven more at Dan Zehr's place art Pontiac, Ill., on our way home but are nut counting them as we saw them before at the Zehr Reunion. Of the 25 engines we saw on our trip, 17 were Case, 2 Aultman-Taylor, 2 Minneapolis, Rumely, Nichols and Shepard. and a Huber. All were single cylinder. We found six men who are regularly doing steam threshing and each of them are using Case steam engines.
After seeing 15 Case engines (including a 110 hp in Wisconsin), Bill and I took our Thanksgiving vacation to go 400 miles into Iowa to see another Case engine--a Case 40. We understood that this engine was for sale. When we saw the fine shape that it is in; how it has been so well taken care of; how it is so much like new; we could not resist the urge to buy it. And so the Plasterers get themselves another steamer. We hope to have it homo soon.