| September/October 1952

Dear Sir: or rather Elmer,

I met you and Mrs Ritzman at Blaker's Reunion where I had the best time of my whole life so far.

Please find enclosed a check for my renewal of the IRON MEN ALBUM. I have every issue and surely don't want to miss one, especially as long as they are getting better all the time. It makes it all the more interesting as I've net most of the boys who have letters, pictures, etc., in the ALBUM. Those old greasy engines make my heart throb more than a 'Pin Up' girls picture does a sailor.

I started pulling the throttle on steam engines when I was about 4 years old. When I was 9 I pulled the grader for Dad with a 12 hp Huber. At 10 years I moved my first building with a steamer. The same old Huber by using a wooden box to stand on. After getting lots of experience (I thought) Dad let me run one of the engines when we moved a large, tall grain elevator. After that I was a regular engineer on a 16 hp Aultman-Taylor. With the all of a plank across the platform and a box I was about as much of a man as Bad and his grown engineers.

I got in on a little threshing, silo filling, rock crushing, etc., but spent most of my 45 years at traction work. We used to do heavy hoisting with a steamer before we got winch trucks.

I finally figured out why the old steamers were laid aside but not until I saw the cover picture on the March-April, 1951 issue of the IRON MEN ALBUM.


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