All material for the next issue of the magazine (Jan.-Feb.) should be in our office no later than Nov. 1, 1972.
Hi Folks! I've had a nice summer and hope you have had too. You have helped to make it so for me, by being the wonderful folks you are. My visits to the shows and meeting new friends and greeting old ones was just delightful.
The second trip to Ohio with Mr. and Mrs. Dave Egan to the Miami and Old Washington Shows was most enjoyable. It was the first time I had the opportunity for these Reunions.
It was my pleasure to meet Prof. Lorin Bixler while there. He is the informative and 'down to earth' kind of gentleman as my hubby had learned to appreciate years ago.
The Rough & Tumble Reunion at Kinzer certainly had the biggest and best show they have ever enjoyed.
The trip started pleasantly by my daughter, Marsha and her hubby, Bud, offering to go along down. This was most kind and thoughtful. He unloaded my truck for me. This is one of the many places I miss my Hubby, Elmer.
The same afternoon my sister and her better half, Claire and Jim Greider, stopped on the way back from the shore. They stayed and ate dinner with me in the evening, before going home.
My friend, helper and employee as Publications Secretary, Anna Mae, came down with her 8 year old son, Tommy, on Saturday. She has been most cooperative and interested. This latter has surely 'rubbed off' on the offspring. He was just so anxious to help. Several persons had to wait a few minutes for their change while we supervised his activities. Then he was satisfied. Hope the folks didn't mind.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Egan came Friday night and stayed at the motel with me. This way I had a male to help me pack Saturday evening to come home.
Of course, Mrs. Scheafer was my co-worker, as usual, at the stand. I know she must have appreciated Mrs. Mary Miller's help too. I did.
Roy Glessner, who drew the cartoons for our magazine for many years, and his wife, Naomi, surprised us by appearing at the motel late Friday in their camper. We had a nice visit before retiring. Saturday morning we were treated to a delicious breakfast before starting to work.
All these acts of thoughtfulness and surprises sure do make one's world wonderful. Don't they?
Mr. Robert Ramsey from Indiana suggested in a letter to us that the different clubs, when sending in their advertisements next year name the nearest largest town or city in the State, or give Highway numbers to enable folks to locate reunions by road maps.
This is something to think about, Reunion Officialsfor the future betterment of your club.
Mr. Frank Coulthard from Canada would like to see a picture of a Watrous thrashing engine. He said he thought the last one was made around 1909. (Anna Mae tells me there should be a picture of one in this issue from Douglas A. McConnell of Manitoba, Canada). Can anyone help us out with more pictures?
We received one reply for Ed Croley. Frank Stark from Billings, Missouri wrote to say he was one of the lucky few who received a first sample of our magazine from Rev. Elmer Ritzman. At that time it was named The Farm Album, published four times a year at $1.00. He said he has each and every copy since.
I'm sure there are more of you original subscribers around. Won't you please write to us?
Mr. Russell Templeton of Warren, Pennsylvania wrote the following and I'd like to share it. 'In my many years of steam enthusiasm, I have attended many shows and I thought that I knew most of the steam traction engines by sight and name, however this year I was for a loss on one that I had never seen or heard ofIt was at the Pageant of Steam at Canandaigua, N. Y. The engine was a 'Lang & Button' and was one of the prettiest and well kept pieces of steam machinery that I have seen in a long time. It was made in Ithica, N. Y. and if I remember right, was a 6 HP. I was intrigued by her horizontal governors, and she just ran like a well jeweled watch.
I wonder if there are others like her around the country, and if so, maybe your good magazine could print some pictures of this fine machine, and give us a little history on her.
Would just like to mention that in attending these shows, I would rather see the models actually running on steam than on air which seems to be taking over, (with the exception of the Rough & Tumble Show) after all they are steam shows and not Air Shows.
The Pageant of Steam was a fine show this year and their new show grounds are outstanding.
Thank you for your time and continued success to your wonderful publication.'
We are still having new subscribers write and ask if we wish pictures and stories which they can supply. The answer is definitely Yes! Just remember if you want your pictures returned, write the word 'Return' on them, plus your name and address.
Our printer made a big mistake in stating the price of our Gas Engine Magazine in the last issue. It is $4.00, not $3.00, as given.
Many have written asking for a list of thresherees in U. S. This we do not have. This information is available though through our advertising of the shows in the magazines. Sorry about this!
We have not made ourselves clear about what 'general mailing' means. Another, and perhaps a better word may be 'bulk Mailing' which we do for each magazine every other month. This is when all subscribers' magazines are sent out at one time in mail bags. This is a cheaper method for us, because of the processing and time, as well as postage expense. Just renew your subscription immediately when the color sheet is found in magazine. There will be no need to send the extra 25c, nor will you miss an issue of it.
Mr. Larry R. Caskey, R. D. 1, Orrville, Ohio 44667 would like some information on an 8 HP McNamara engine. Pictures or stories of any description would be appreciated from you. Can one of you fellows help us out?
Allan Brill from Australia wrote the following which I thought would interest you also, since it is from another country. 'I am very interested in steam engines, having one which I display at Agricultural and Pastoral Shows. The district in which I live is the largest sheaf hay and chaff centre in the Southern Hemisphere, cutting approximately 35,000 tons of hay into chaff per year for stock feed. Although the industry is not as big as it was twenty-five years ago, it is still one of the districts largest industries.
In its best day, many steam engines of all kinds traction and portable-were used to drive the chaff cutting machines. One of the most popular was the Buffalo-Pitts of America. These engines, I believe were the most used of any American make in Australia.'
I've heard that Eudora Idol of Winston-Salem, Route 3, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27105 has been ill, but that she is improving. Perhaps you would like to drop her a cardshe'd be happy to hear from you. Many of you folks will remember her as the lady who ran the steam sewing machine at the Reunions.
Very soon my thoughts will turn towards school bells and children. I've had a pleasant summer, but will be happy to return to working with the younger ones.
Dinah Mulock Craik expresses much better than I the feeling about Friendship Oh, the comfort the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person. Having neither to weigh thoughts, Nor measure words but pouring them All right out just as they are Chaff and grain together Certain that a faithful hand will Take and sift them Keep what is worth keeping And with a breath of kindness Blow the rest away.
I just realized this is the Holiday issue. My co-workers and I wish that each and everyone of you may have a Joyous Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.