426 Margaret St., Akron, Ohio
Please find in this letter, an important 'news item' and a few pictures.
The news item appeared last April in the 'Times of Kuala Lampur Malaysia. It deals with subjects well known to Iron-Men people.
One picture shows my Gaar-Scott, 22 hp engine. It was giving my new FAN, its first trial run. On 125 pounds of steam, it made a lot of nice music and considerable smoke. I like an engine one can fire from the ground, when doing belt work. Also, it is most helpful to have a tight draft control, such as is possible with the G. S. closed bottom boiler. The lack of those two features on my Case engine, will most likely shorten my life about 10 years. I have heard the saying, 'Work never hurt anyone'. Perhaps, this is true but it can slow you down.
The belt is double leather construction, 10 inches wide and about 150 feet long, end to end. It is plenty heavy. It is lucky that the belt is round like a wheel when rolled up. Otherwise, I would need some help to move it to the tool house. It is not the kind of belt one would pick, if there were others to be had at the same cost.
The FAN is the result of considerable study, as to what other people had made. It may not be the best looking fan, nor so well engineered. However, I rather like it. The bearings are from a Gaar-Scott sawmill. The mill was old and worn when I bought it in 1922. The pulley was broken. I spent evenings building a wood wheel over the old iron hub. The anchor hooks are from my 1926 Star Drilling Machine. The wheels and axle carried me over 100,000 miles in a 1940 Ford car. In addition to all that junk, there is about $100 worth of new iron in the frame and fan blades. Then, there is a sizable chunk of spare time, used in getting this material bundled up into a FAN. All these items add interest to the complete machineat least, they are of interest to me.
The trial run of the FAN was enjoyed by all the people who attended this show. The joke isno other person was present. I had to take a picture, to prove it happened. Come next summer, I hope to have a tachometer installed and make a regular field trial of this outfit. Perhaps, I can get a few visitors to share the day
The No. 16 locomotive picture was taken at Cloquet, Minnesota. The engine was being moved from the roundhouse to a place in the town park. The move was made in August, 1964. The next year, August of 1965, we found the engine in its resting place, where anyone traveling through town will see old No. 16 Duluth and Northeastern R. R. Cloquet is near the University of Minnesota, Forestry Research Center. At this center, the U. of Minn, has a one month Well Drilling School for Engineers and Public Health people from many different countries. We try to give them working methods and plans for drilling SANITARY wells, rather than actual drilling work.
Enroute home from Cloquet, we stopped (Ruthie & I) to see Joe and Leonard Rynda. 'Steam Engine Joe', always has time for a courteous and friendly greeting. His many engines are a good show without other attractions. Toe told us of the Neil Miller show at Alden, Iowa. The next day, we continued on south to the Miller show. It is indeed well worth seeing, just as Steam Engine Joe said. We were late getting there on the last day. Anyhow, it was the best show I have ever attended. They have everything.
When you are in Iowa and wish to reach Ohio, the road must cross Illinois. Who would cross Illinois and not see the one and only 'Mr. Fred Kiser'? Certainly, we could not miss seeing Mr. and Mrs. Kiser. They were at home and in fair health, we were most happy to learn. A very pleasant visit at Fred's house, seemed to make the time right for getting on toward Ohio and home. A safe journey, short or long, on our highways in 1965 is something to be most grateful forwe think. We were fortunate and had a safe arrival home. Good friends along the way make the miles short.
News item from Times of Kuala Lampur Malaysia. THE GIRL AND THE STEAM ROLLER-London, Sat.
A pretty young English girl has received a proposal of marriage from a South African farmerbut he wants her steam roller, too.
Linda Dean, a student teacher, was photographed at the controls of a veteran steam traction engine belonging' to her father.
Farmer Lew Meyers of Capetown saw the photograph in a newspaper and he promptly wrote to Linda asking her hand in marriage.
In the letter he also asked if she would bring the steam roller out with her to South Africa to help make a 20 mile road from the highway to his farm.
Linda, who lives in Castleford. Yorkshire, said yesterday: 'I couldn't believe it when I read the letter. Proposals of marriage from someone you have never seen are things you read about in novels. I never thought it could happen to me.'
Meyers is in for a disappointment. A letter is on its way turning down his proposal.
Linda's father. Norman Dean, said, 'I wouldn't give away the steam traction engine, even as a dowry.'