Dairyland Driftings

| January/February 1961

Well, I got married in Iowa's 'Little Brown Church' years ago, but wasn't lucky enough to get in on any steam show then. Yep! when I think of the steam era, I wish I was born sooner when I see these newlyweds, I wish I'd been born later!

Had a ride on Neal McClure's double cylinder 30 Huber engine I sez, 'Man! that's a lot of engine' 'Yes and it's a lot bigger on a lowboy' sez Neal. Weighs 17 tons, more or less, and self-propelled, thank goodness. First time I saw a 'Jumbo' engine too.

Alice got sorta attached to Saters Massey-Harris 4 wheel drive, drove it in the parade three times--but wait till she gets Amos Rixman cornered --'Frederic, Iowa'? the very idea! (Start running, Amos!) Got quite a bang out of Rixman's movies on Ed Peacock's Show.

Took a hike with Geo.C. to get his R.R. stock, wanted to see that square 'round-house' too. George was told to take a ride on the new line and he commented 'rather short ride'. The girl making out his share said plans are to extend it. 'Good idea,' Geo. sez, 'Run it to Swanville, Minnesota, then I'll have good connections to Mt. Pleasant.' Guess who was spelling off Stanley Mathews at the controls of the 'Cabbage Stack' none other than my good friend, Harvey Obrecht from Thor, Iowa. Sadly missed at the 'Old Threshers Reunion' were Durward and Koletta Stienmetz and their two girls from LaFarge, Wisconsin.

Enroute home we stopped at 'Mabel, Minnesota, Steam Engine Days' a good show, but lots of carnival thrown in. Stayed over at our flying farmer friend, James Syllings. He has a very old Rumely engine and nice collection of gas engines. Home the next day -- as George would say 'this is September 12th.'

Alice will long remember Sept. 13. That's the day she met a 'Green Thumb' that could really talk African Violets. He was Moritz Bochme, a former greenhouse operator. He stopped in with his daughter and son-in-law, the Herbert Fricks, St.Roselle, Illinois.