Secretary, Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Ass 'n, Route No. 1, Milton, Iowa
Yup! Another year has just about passed into history, so the pink slip in my 'January-February' issue of the good magazine reminds me. Thank you for the reminder, while I had it in mind that my subscription would expire soon, it is very easy to put it off for the time being and then unintentionally forget until a long looked for copy fails to turn up in the mails.
I value the picture on the front cover of the November-December issue of the old familiar 'Its The Farmers' Friend And No Mistake' -- on the wind stackers of all but one of the separators I have tended since I was old enough to change concaves and roll out the drive belt. Likewise I will treasure the front cover of the January-February 1960 issue, nothing could be more fitting to commemorate the occasion, the time, the place and last but not least the work of Mr. Blaker and his Associates connected therewith, who so unselfishly and unsparingly devoted their time and labor to the cause that the Threshermen of yesterday be not forgotten. Our congratulations to Mr. Blaker, Pioneer of the threshers' organized reunions! Hardly could you have foreseen, back there in June 1945, the success that has been attained in the promotion of this work for the benefit and enjoyment of all who attend the many reunions of the present time. The lower picture on page 10 of the January-February 1960 issue certainly brings back the memories of more than forty years ago. I can almost hear the rattle of the chains on that Garden City wing feeder and the swish of the taut drive belt. Many threshermen, especially the separator-men, did not like the wing feeders saying, 'Too much extra work to take care of' but I for one enjoyed tending seperator with the Garden City wing feeder and to-day still think it was the greatest invention of its time. Over half a million bushels of grain passed up the wings of the feeder that fed the 40x60 Red River Special in the five years I spent tending same.
Thanking you again, enclosed my check for another year's subscription and to cover the cost of the small advertisement on a separate sheet for two insertions.