Dairyland Driftings

| May/June 1963

Was pleased to have GEORGE and DON GRILLEY, together with Don's wife and uncle Maynard from Deering, No. Dak., stop in. They were enroute to Elroy, Wis., their ancestral home, to fetch additional items for their large collection of antiques which includes 3 steamers, 9 old tractors, 4 threshers, many gas engines and now a Birdsall Clover Huller. We want to visit them perchance we go west. This was an opertune time for us to again exchange 8 mm films.

Have had correspondence by tape with AL SHADE (9831 Aldridge Drive, Columbis Station, Ohio) this winter. His tapes are spiced with various recordings of traction engines and southern locomotives. From what I gather he must have quite a library of Railroad recordings and shares them willingly. Speaking of locomotives, several years ago KENNETH PETERSON (road contractor from Gibbon, Minn.) handed me a picture that has baffled me ever since. Perhaps some ALBUM reader could cast some light on the incident. It shows two locomotives that hit head-on. Kenneth had no information on it. He also gave me a picture of a sadly dismantled Best steamer that had been used to pull a combine in Montana. This picture was taken in 1926 and may be some reader may recognize it.

The school marm was orienting her beginners the first day of school, 'Now if anyone needs to go to the bath room raise two fingers.' A moment of silence and a little girl spoke up, 'How will that help?'

At Christmas time I received a short note from G. ELMER CARLSON (24 Summit St., Fairport N. Y.) Elmer and I went to grade school together until 1920 when his parents sold out and moved to Seneca Falls, N. Y. Now he tells me a friend of his takes the ALBUM and he is reading the 'Dairyland News.' Gosh sometimes I get an inner feeling I'm being watched kind of close. I am sure glad I have a qualified minister to censor this free lance scribbling (of course in no way does it reflect the contention of this publication.)

Sometime ago NYLE KURTH of Eau Claire, borrowed me a clipping. We got quite a bang out of it so typed it and enclose it herewith.