Dairyland Driftings

| May/June 1962

Well, that brings me around to another member I'd like to dedicate a recognition. To me the name BOHMAN has always been in close harmony to reunions and steam. This time, a junior citizen from Galesburg, Ill., HAROLD BOHMAN, with a span of 12 summers and already a record of 9 years attendance to Mt. Pleasant show. I met Harold last September, together with two other 'engineers' of common interest, namely DALE KNUTSON and RAY THOMPSON, all three wearing engineer's caps, of course. Here I sensed a promising future indeed and what a proud Grandpa, Harold had, REUBEN G BOHMAN, who had driven the boys over. Riding on the Baker engine through the parade was quite a treat, but Harold later went beyond the good fortune of most youngsters, when he was selected as the young Burlington Railroad engineer in dedicating a locomotive from said railroad to the city of Galesburg in December, 1961.

That brings me around to another junior member I wish to acknowledge whom I haven't met yet. This bears out my thinking as how unlimited the possibilities are for future reunions. It was my good fortune to meet PAUL BRYANT from Braymer, Mo. who gave me a couple pictures of a model steamer he has built and is being operated by his 9 year old son, DAVID. To me, these pictures portrayed a lot of potential. I, for one, wouldn't underscore David's possibilities. Maybe I shouldn't let the cat out of the bag, but it is David's good intentions to do the teeter-totter stunt with this engine at Old Threshers meet in '62. Reckon he figures, 'If PETE BUCHER can do it, so can I'. More power to you, David, we'll all come to observe your challenge.

Back in January, one sunny day, temperature 15 below freezing, the count down was on, STANLEY PETERSON, from Shell Lake drove in our yard for what he called a 'cornfest'. It was simply to toy around with my 10-20 Titan and shredd the last of my corn, and taking a tape recording of same, besides some pictures. By that time, ALICE had lunch ready and prior to Stanley leaving, we run some tractor and sawmill slides.

BRYAN PETERSON, age 9, went ice-fishing with his grandmother who had chopped a hole in the ice and upon getting ready to drop the fish line in, he remarked, ' You know what? If we got a big pickerel, we'd have to put on a girdle to get it through that hole'.

At this writing, last of February, we've been blessed with about 52 inches of snow-notwithstanding the drifts. Yeah, one naber who has a windmill, I believe it is a Challenge had to shovel snow so's the wind could get at it. At any rate, the abundance of snow has hampered logging and working in the woods, has practically halted farmers hauling manure, bar any type or size of equipment, save for the lowly man with a team of horses and sleds. For the dairyman with 'push-button' barn cleaners the problem is doubled. Prestige never struck my fancy-my 'barn cleaner' was bought in '41 at the cost of $11.75; upkeep has been nil and it still has the original handles. At least, I can stock-pile without expensive equipment.

I doubt, if there is any enterprise that comes under as many regulations as the dairy business. In the first place, the old cow sets up her own regulations, she gets milked every day and twice on Sunday- udder wise, it would be jest too bad. Not only rigid farm inspections, but the processing plants are continually plagued with 'white-collar' visitors. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for quality, but if it's milk we're grading, let's stick to milk. I say rigid, because some of the compliances are simply absurd and irrelative. Our local plant has been no exception. The milk-tester, a simple, nationally accepted, accurate, steam heated and steam driven calculator was simply condemned. A modern version called for an electric driven tester with a complex built-in heat unit, the tally on top to 'register' the rpm's, is two circles of white dots that when rotating at the proper speed under a favorable lite appears to be turning in opposite directions- well anyhow, the cost is 500 dollars and it is stainless steel, of course. At any rate, I had spoken to buy the old tester, not that I'll ever use it, but it's complete with test-bottles and it runs on steam. Was down to the plant to pick it up recently-a new rest room was being installed and the operator, HAPPY JOHNSON, hung a sign on the door--NOT YET!


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