COFFEE BREAK WITH KITTY


| January/February 1968



Kitty

May I express my own thanks to those of you who helped us so much this summer and fall by selling our magazine at the various shows across the country. We hope to have representatives at nearly all the shows next year. Anyone interested, drop us a line.

Earl, my husband, and I have certainly enjoyed meeting you folks who have dropped by or stopped to talk at the shows. I hope we can make it to more events next summer.

Mr. J. Lee Land is trying to find out makers of small steam gas fired boilers. Anyone who can help him write to, Brownsville, Oregon 97327.

A letter from James Stone, 504 North Fifth Street, Gallup, New Mexico. He wants to find information concerning the first oil drillers on the Navajo Reservation, namely William Henry, Harrison Cranmer and Sam Arnold. They operated a steam driven rig in various parts of Northern New Mexico and Arizona a-round 1921-23. According to the information available the rig was horse drawn to a location, then set up and operated to a depth of 1,400 feet or so. Naturally, the wells were too shallow to find the major oil supplies. It is interesting to note that except in two places, they were drilling toward the world's richest oil and gas supplies. It is too bad that their rig was so limited. What he would like to know is if there are available any photographs of their old rigs around or any other information that 'us' old timers might remember?

Frank Samson, Box 601 Tolono, Illinois is looking for an operators manual or instruction book for a Monitor Engine made by Baker Manufacturing Co., Evansville, Wis. He needs any available information to get the machine running. The engine number is 3819 and perhaps someone would know how old the engine would be.

C. L. Shobe, 1819 Monroe St., Great Bend, Kansas writes concerning Mr. Howard's article in the July-August Issue about the engine running the wrong direction. Mr. Shobe is sure that Mr. Howard knows the reason for this, but thought perhaps some of our readers didn't. If his spool valve had been of the inside admission type, it would have taken the regular setting. Most steam locomotives were of this type as it retrieves the pressure of steam in the chest on the rod packing which operates the valves. Mr. Shobe's experience was on an Endbergh Stationary with outside admission (steam admitted to the cylinder trough parts at the outside ends of the valve) and the eccentric had to be set, as he stated, 90 degrees ahead of the crank ordinarily but in this incident a setting of 90 degrees behind the crank was required.