Farm Collector

Experiences of MR. REED….

426 Margaret Street Akron 6, Ohio

It’s been a long time and much has happened since it was my
pleasure to meet you over in Pennsylvania at the Well-Drillers
Convention – it was at Lewistown, I believe. For one thing this
company I have been working for – for the past 27 years – has been
merged two times since I saw you at the convention. Mergers are
splendid things, to shake off old fellows who hang on to their jobs
so tightly. The first merger left 14 of us out of approximately 250
people. The last merger cut us down to four. It has been a good
company to work for and certainly, I was never ashamed to say I
represented the Star Drilling Machine Company or Star-drill, as it
became known in recent years. As Factory Service Man and in Export
Sales and Service, my work has taken me around quite a lot. Indeed
it was my work which took me way over there in Pennsylvania into
the hills and valleys where I found you, Elmer. Without this
traveling job, I never would have found my way, so far from home to
your country.

In my last magazine, the Sept-Oct. issue, I note that you have
been acting up a bit. Now that won’t do; an old engineer should
know that the steam gauge must be given everlasting attention. If
steam gets down, just hook up the reverse a notch. If you are any
relation to a CASE, you better toot the whistle and shut her down,
while the steam builds up. Of course, if you are part GAAR-SCOTT
you can keep right on chugging. Anyway, the very best to you Elmer,
and do be mindful that the Old Grey Mare might Not Be what she was,
one day! So don’t drive her quite so fast !

Sometime ago, you published, for me, a request for information
regarding an oil burner for steam engine operation. I thought it
might be possible to get something going on the burner subject as
well as reverse gears, fuel consumption and associated
‘interesting’ subjects. Well, it never happened, but two
gentlemen who noticed the request, wrote to me direct. In
particular, Mr. Pritchett of Missouri gave me very complete
information and put me in contact with the people who make a
suitable burner. Therefore, I’m grateful to the ALBUM for their
part in helping me in this matter.

Pictures A and B show an oil burning arrangement on a boiler. I
made a complete set of detail pictures of the burner parts but
could not talk to the engineer as he was Chinese. We did not know
the other’s language. The equipment was English made, located
in the city of Victory, on the island of Hong Kong, British Crown
Colony. The work was pile driving, to prepare the foundation for a
large building. It is a difficult place to build because of
torrential rainfall and steeply sloping hillsides. The date was
November 1960.

The pictures are nothing to brag about -a 35 MM negative
enlarged to 8×10 inches leaves something to be desired as regards
sharpness. A big camera draws attention to the one on whose neck it
hangs, to say nothing about what it does to the neck. Therefore, I
like to carry a small camera.

Pictures 1, 2 and 3 are of a rice threshing job, fall of 1960 in
the Philippines. The big island of Luzon has a rice growing area, I
estimate to be roughly, 150 miles north to south and 100miles east
to west. There are other areas of lesser extent and other rice
growing is lands. The Philippines consist of over 7000 islands – a
lot of islands and a lot of people to eat a lot of rice. And a very
gracious people.


  • Published on Mar 1, 1962
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