Dairyland Driftings


| November/December 1963


Summer is fast slipping into the past. The days are getting shorter in spite of daylite saving. Birds are flocking south and ere too long the frost was on the pumpkin and the fodder in the shock. It has indeed been a busy and eventful summer and we are grateful for the many visitors that stopped in while merrily on their way to or from some definite destination. Heading back from Canada were Mr. and Mrs. ALVA HULBERT from Sterling I11. and with them were Mr. and Mrs. HAROLD CLARK from Chillicothe, I11. They are affiliated with North I11. Steam Power Club near Kings.

LEROY LEVINE and his wife KATHLEEN from Dekalb, I11. dropped by. With them was Mrs. ALICE McNAMARA (Kathleen's mother) from Liverpool, England. This time two Alices really hit it off, since both were interested in sewing and fancy work. Kathleen is Secretary-Treasurer of the Northern I11. Steam Power Club.

CHARLEY and LEO WELLNER from Stanley, Wis. were enroute to Little Falls, Minn. Here was a man who could talk steam to no end, and believe you me I am all ears. They have a 20-75N-Sdbl. and a 22 A-R, besides 3 oil pulls, and 816 Int. and numerous gas engines and threshers. Kinda got a kick out of his love for steam, says he put up a big pole building to house the machinery but sorta hates to close up the last side 'cause now when he walks to or from the house he can see them steamers in there'. I get it Leo. He even had a 1962 load of oats in there; he got going to steam meets so hadn't set up to thresh it yet up to July 1963.

With the aid of 'steam directories' the WM. MEISTERS from Indianapolis, Ind. planned their trip to contact numerous steam fans and fortunately included 'the Johnsons'. His collection of some 200 colored pictures of 'bygone power' interested me and to think they were taken with an inexpensive box camera, thats quite a challenge for us.

Just read some place, 'one reason you can't take it with you is that you don't have any left when you're ready to go'.

RONALD GJERNING, a young enthusiast from our neighborhood came over while we were cutting grain, and after a bit of tinkering we were trying out the old 816 Int. on the binder and made a few rounds with the M-H 4 WD. When you can have fun and still accomplish something then farming has a lure. Its always amazed me, or should I say perplexed me, doing exercise to accomplish something for pay is work, exerting the same amount of energy at some pastime despite an obligation is considered recreation. Will we see the day when some characters will pay to let them milk a cow or pitch some hay?






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