First, please excuse this paper but it is the best I can find. Thanks a lot Karl, for the nice letter some time back, in response to my inquiry. I hadn't given a thought to the fact that you are a shut-in, you have my sympathy. I was in the hospital five days-a little surgery- was away from work 2 weeks, that was, enough to remind me what a wonderful blessing it is just to be able to get out of bed in the morning and feel like eating a good breakfast and go to work I work in the Tool Room at the Bendix plant here. It is somewhat monotonous -much the same thing over and over, just watching a machine eat steel but the feeling that exists between myself and supervision is better than I even hoped to find 20 years ago for I have worked on jobs where supervision was definitely poison ivy.
Received the ALBUM today and the first thing I saw was my name. I did not think I would see that but thanks. I wish the ALBUM came more often. I prefer it to any other magazine I have ever seen. The only thing is that it gives me the all-fired itch to get myself one of those ugly, smelly, old black things, and you can be sure that if I was certain that I would never need the $ $ $ for bread and butter I would be getting myself one of them.
Well Karl, I did not mean to bore you with all this but I hope you will accept it in the spirit in which it is sent.
I am enclosing a picture of my 50 Case which I recently bought and am now restoring to as near original condition as possible. On the engine is my 72-year-old father, David T. Crow. a veteran steam thresherman and saw mill operator. He threshed with steam until 1941 and still continued to use it on the saw mill until 1945.
I first subscribed to your fine magazine last September while I was attending the Pontiac Reunion. I have always been fascinated by a steam traction engine, but it was at Pontiac that I resolved to get an engine and do what I could to help to perpetuate these disappearing wonders. I enjoy learning of the various shows and reunions which are being held all over the country. It is my hope to get the few men still owning machines in our section of Pennsylvania to organize and do what we can to preserve the tradition of the steam engine.
I am already making plans to attend at least one of the larger reunions this year, and shall expect to see notification of them in the ALBUM
PAUL F. CROW, R. D. 1, Box 470, Charleroi, Pennsylvania
Am enclosing $2.00 for a subscription to the ALBUM. I know I am going to enjoy it so much. I am like so many of the old time steam threshers, I am getting somewhat on the other side of the hill and think a great deal about the days of the past. I began my engineering days at the age of 16 and continued every year until the gas tractors replaced them and am now nearing the 63-year-old mark and as far as I know I'm the only man in the state who was an old time threshing engineer and who now flies his own airplane. My wife and I both fly our Vagabond Cub.
RALPH FULLER, Minneapolis, Kansas
I operated steam traction engines for a number of years and for different parties. I sure loved the old things, still do and were they still working. I have no doubt that come threshing time I would be found on an engine platform. Those days are gone forever, I suppose, however, I am not sure that it is for the best. I don't like combines and were I a farmer I wouldn't have one on the place. J don't like gas engines either.
O. R. MANN, 233 W. Jackson Street Virdin, Illinois