COFFEE BREAK WITH KITTY

By Staff
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Courtesy of Robert Culshaw, Advertising Division, Caterpillar Tractor Co., Peoria, Illinois 61611 Three Best rigs for California copper mining, about 1904.
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I’m delighted that spring is here. We can start looking
forward to reunions, being out, hiking, picnicking, and so many
other things. Mrs. Mayme Nelson, Route 1, Carrollton, Ohio is
looking for any history or information on the 20th Century
Manufacturing Company of Boynton, Pennsylvania. Can anyone help her
out? Mr. Cecil Waggoner, Route 2, Findlay, Ohio would like an
article on the construction of a traction engine like Mr. Ted
Spencer, of Michigan builds. The detail of building boiler, engine,
dimensions of parts, and types of metal required to be inspected
for a license. Mr. Martin

Dinse, 3009 Cameron St., Kalama-zoo, Michigan is looking for
information on old moving picture machines. He has one that must be
50 years old made by the American Moving Picture Machine Company,
New York.

Mr. Carl Cusick, Route 1, Leetonia, Ohio is restoring a Rumely
Oil Pull (20-30) and would appreciate knowing where he could get
any information about it. Joe Rynda, ‘Steam Engine Joe’, of
202 S.W. Elm Avenue, Box 304, Montgomery, Minnesota has a 25 HP
Northwest High Wheel Flat Spoke Heavy Gear Plow Engine. Serial
‘5904. Built around 1908 and may have been built by prison
labor. He would like to hear from anyone who has one like this. Mr.
Vernon P. Cray, Route 3, Box 675-A, Albany, Oregon is looking for
information regarding any instruction, operation, or parts manuals
that may be available for Russell engines of about 1912
manufacture. Specifically, the 12 hp model. Mr. Berlin Bogard,
Merom, Indiana found an old Gaar Scott Steam Portable Engine with
the engine #2062, made at Richmond, Indiana. It has steel hubs for
the wheels with wood spokes in the wheels. He is trying to find out
how old it is. Perhaps someone can help him out.

We are looking for the location of the Pickering Governor
Company. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of this company – would
you please drop a note to Mr. W.E. Dearing, Suite 101 at 10
Edmonton St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Mr. Dearing is rebuilding
one of their governors off a 32 Reeves of about 1905 vintage and he
badly needs some information. He has written to their old address
at Portland, Connecticut and his letters were returned. If anyone
can help him out, please do so.

I have a letter from Rev. Norbert J. Lucht, Box 137, Athens,
Illinois. He is interested in obtaining information on several
engine firms. Frick and Company, The A.B. Farquhar Co., The Geiser
Mfg. Co., The Bird-sail Engine Company and the Buffalo-Pitts
Company. If any reader is interested in the history of all the old
engine and thresher firms and has compiled such information. Rev.
Lucht would like to get in touch with them.

Mr. Kirby Brumfield, Farm Director, Katu Television, 2153 N.E.
Sandy Boulevard, Portland, Oregon is looking for photographs of
early day farming. If anyone would be interested in helping Mr.
Brumfield out, why don’t you drop him a card. Mr. Pearl D.
Stevenson, Route 3, Vinton, Iowa is looking for anyone who might
have known his father and uncle or would have a picture of them or
their outfit. They were Jim and George Stevenson. Their machine was
a Reeves 16 HP engine, with automatic tender and an Avery, Yellow
Fellow, Separator. They threshed in Benton County, Iowa and then
would ship their machine to the Red River Valley, Minnesota.

Mr. Ralph Green, 845 Kilsyth Rd., Elizabeth, New Jersey dropped
us a letter about Kaier’s Brewery at Mahanoy City,
Pennsylvania. It is an all steam operated brewery. Mr. Harry Quick
is the chief engineer there. He has several steam locomotive
models. He (Mr. Quick) is a member of the Pennsylvania Live
Steamers at Paoli, Pa. Also a member of the Pioneer Valley Live
Steamers, at Southwick, Mass. He has built a fine one inch scale
model of a Tandem Mallet type engine. A very nice tribute to Mr.
Quick from Ralph Green.

A letter from A.L. Rennewanz, 1125 N. Main St., Decatur,
Illinois commending Mr. LA. Stellmacher on his ’51 years of
experience’ in the Jan.-Feb. Issue. Mr. Rennewanz says it was a
‘fine letter’, and boy, boy, for the good old days when
there were enough guardian angels to go around.

I received two letters since the last Coffee Break with no
address on them. One is from Mr. Paul G. Rausch, and the other from
Mr. Jack L. Phillip. Anyone knowing these men please let me know
their address or tell them to let me know.

Mr. Roy McConachie, of Detroit, Michigan received a gift
subscription to the Album and would like to know who subscribed to
it for him. We neglected to keep a record of this one, so would the
anonymous donor please make himself known.

James M. Barrie writes ‘Nothing is really work unless you
would rather be doing something else’. I don’t really work
for the Album. See you next time. Kitty

A THANK YOU MESSAGE To all members of the Pioneers Engineers
Club of Indiana, Inc. and my good friends. Thanks a million for the
nice cards and letters you sent me while I was in the hospital a
few months ago. You folks were very nice and I enjoyed your cards
and letters. Although not entirely well, I am doing O. K. and hope
to see you August 4-5-6, 1967.’ Thanks again. Sincerely, John
J. Menchhofer, 3520 W. 12th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222

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