Hi Folks! As I write this, it is a rainy, dreary Sunday afternoon outdoors, but with your kindnesses and interests in continuing the work of the magazine it makes me feel all warm and happy.
Our holidays were as delightful as it could be without our Elmer not being here to share it. Life has to go on and he wasn't one to want us to lament. With this in mind and the Good Man's help we tried.
It was most thoughtful of so many of you to remember me with cards and messages over the Yuletide season. Thank you!
Fred McPhail, whose address is GLower West Minister Hospital, London 12, Ontario, Canada had written me after Elmer's passing. It was so nice to hear from him. Knowing he is confined, I thought perhaps some of you folks had met him, as I, and wished to remember him with a card or note. I surely enjoyed his company and know you did likewise.
Speaking of London, Ontario, Canada we received a letter from Sec. Treas. W. R. Coburn of the newly formed club called 'The Golden Triangle Model and Engineering Enthusiasts'. They meet every third Thursday at 8 P. M. Anyone interested up that way is most welcome, he said. His address is 413 Byron Blvd., London 61, Ontario, Telephone 471-5534.
Perhaps some of you fellows could look in on Mr. Fred McPhail at the hospital. You certainly would have something to talk about. As I remember him, he was very enthusiastic about our hobby. You'll both gain, I'm sure, by your visit. Good luck to all in your endeavors!
I was up to visit Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Strayer, R. D. 1, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania 17019 a few minutes Christmas week. She is cheerful as ever and progressing nicely with her cane. Their wishes are that she continues so they too can journey to some shows this summer. May the Lord see fit to allow them this privilege.
Mrs. Elmer Schaefer, 263 W. George St., Yoe, Pennsylvania 17313 has re-turned from a short stay in the hospital where tests were made. She also is improving. Thank goodness!
Mrs. Amos Brandt, R. D. 1, Bain-bridge, Pennsylvania 17502 is striving to keep herself going so she can attend shows this summer. Our prayers are with her.
Our Secretaries in the offices are doing a fine job together, now. I know there have been mistakes made, but there will always be those. We are human, so Please be tolerant and patient with us. We surely don't wish to make them and will try to right any wrongs if we know about them. You have been most understanding over these past trying months during our change of personnel. Mrs. Trudy Graffius is most cooperative with us all and eager to learn. I don't mean to take Mrs. Anna Mae Branyan, Mrs. Doris Michaels or Mrs. Janet Hosier for granted. They each do their work well or we wouldn't be getting these wonderful results. I think we have it pretty well settled and organized again. We hope it will run more smoothly from now on.
You folks sending in subscriptions now will help us more if you remember to name the magazine for which you are subscribing. The Gas Magazine is now the same price as Iron-Men Album, starting with January 1, 1972. We were able to ell by the amount on the check before if it wasn't stated in note or check thus with both magazines being the same amount, it will be impossible.
Another thought! You could save yourself an 8c stamp and an envelope if you wish to send both checks in one envelope since the same office processes both subscriptions. Some of you folks have not visited us here or have knowledge of our business did not realize this, I know. Often we get duplicate checks and letters in the same mail on the same day. This is the reason I wanted to mention it.
Thanks to E. L. Hopkins, Emporia, Kansas for the nice drawing of the School Marm he sent on his check. This type of humor helps the old world turn better and brighter. Good work keep it up.
Mr. Joseph L. Mitchel, Box 53, Fleming, Pennsylvania 16835 wrote and asked if anyone knows the whereabouts of a 12 HP Frick traction engine, serial number 23178. He said his father bought it in September of 1925. In 1931 he shipped it back to the company in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. If anyone of you has information as to ownership and address, please help Mr. Mitchell by dropping him a card. Thanks!
We've had inquiries about accepting pictures and articles for our magazine, especially from a gentleman in Burlington, Kansas. The answer is yes very much so! We'd be happy to receive what you have to offer. This is 'OUR' magazine, not just mine. The readers seem to enjoy materials concerning experiences of others that have used these machines rather than controversial articles. We've had a nice number of letters commenting on not making our publication a battle ground of differences. This I know was Elmer's policy and I hope to continue, if possible.
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Hartman and son, Roy, surprised me yesterday by calling in the morning and driving up from Washington, D. C. for the day. Grandma Hartman as with them. It was so nice to have her come along to visit me. Need to say the 'Steam News Flew.'
Roy is the ardent photographer of the family and has and is continuing to contribute material for us to share. Watch for it in coming issues!
Can anyone help Mr. Roy Payne, 204 W. 11th St., Clifton, Texas 76634? He writes: 'I would appreciate it very much if you could put me in contact with someone who could tell me what color to paint an old 1912 J. I. Case engine, 20-40 HP. This engine belonged to my Dad and I bought it and would like to paint it the original color.'
By the time you receive this magazine, you should surely be thinking of starting fire in the boilers to get up your steam for the summer months. Hope our paths cross and maybe we'll see you at some of the shows.