EARLENE


| March/April 1973



Earlene

Hi Folks!

By the time you receive this, Christmas trimming and holiday excitement will have subsided. Thank you for your Xmas messages and remembrances.

We had a wonderful holiday. Hope the same for you all. It wasn't as much fun taking down and storing decorations as the preparation of them. I guess I'm just lazy, but I hated to remove them. Such a serene feeling and delight came over me when I would sit in my living room alone at night with just the tree lighted. It seems a special spirit surrounds one in such quiet moments. Have you ever felt this? I hope so; it's wonderful.

By the number of letters we get talking about steam engine reunion activities and dates for this year, summer can't be too far away. Mrs. Francis Koehler from Winterset, Iowa, wrote the following note upon which I'm sure we'll all agree: 'We have the 121st Wood Bros. Steam Engine built and the project for this summer was to paint and put new flues in it, finished in time to have it fired up for Covered Bridge Festival Days, October 14 and 15. Many told us it was the best thing in the parade. We also have a Nichols Shepard 25-90 H. P. that makes the Wood look like a toy its so huge. Next summer's project is to repaint and restore it. I understand there are only four left, as there were few of these built. Gears are perfect in it. There's certainly something about these steam engines that get under the 'skin', as all the family down to the little one who will be three in March likes the 'teem engine' and wants Grandpa to 'blow' when we are fired up.'

Mr. Ernest Pawson, Maniton Beach, Minnesota, wrote saying he has Vol. 1, No. 3-4 and from then on all of IMA. They are in excellent condition.

'I followed steam traction engines all of my life,' wrote Mr. W. Currie, of Collingwood, Ontario. He had the unique manner of starting on the prairies where few of us have trod. He graduated to steam shovels and dredges and winter stationary. He's retired now after 55 years as a steam engineer. May he have many years of happiness.