I'm writing this for March-April issue but we are smack in the middle of winter and don't take that lightly. If this is an 'Old Fashioned Winter' I'll settle for one not so 'Old Fashioned' The snow is piled on all sides. My knee high boots have been worn every day since before Christmas and no signs of putting them away yet.
Three days after Christmas my husband entered the hospital for an operation and he thought he would be home within a week but the stay lasted twelve days. I couldn't convince him the snow was so rough to get around in but now he knows.
Sorry to disappoint so many of you folks who sent for the Aermotor books after our supply was gone. Mr. David Kelly, Pinckney, Michigan sent for one and he believes this is the company that built their windmill and it is still operating after 75 years.
Mr. Earl Trout III sent for two books for his grandfather who was recovering from major surgery. His grandfather, Earl L. Trout, Sr., 712 Harrison, Love-land, Colorado 80537, is a long time subscriber to Iron Men Album and is one of the 'Old Threshers'. For many years he was proprietor of E. L. Trout Sawmill & Lumber yard in Fort Donelson, Iowa and his invention, the portable sawmill, still carries his name to various Midwest Fairs such as Midwest Old Settlers.
Can any of our readers help Mr. J. Hubert Knapp, Sr., Route 1, Colville, Washington 99114, find Twin City decals for an old Twin City Threshing separator? He has tried in vain and would appreciate any help.
Last but not least, our friend, R. Dayton Nichols is looking for a few items for his collection. He mentioned a Stove Pipe Hat and a Cast Iron Implement seat with (it looks like Fir_ _ _) name cast in seat. I know I need my glasses changed Dayton.
We have many interesting letters but space and time will not permit all. Mr. Charles G. Dungan, Indianapolis, Indiana has been an engineman for 44 years with New York Central. Quite a record.
I thought the following letter with information was something to be proud of. 'Gentlemen: I just want to let you know that I enjoy reading Iron Men Album very much. I wouldn't want to be without it. I am 82 years young and have been in machinery all my life threshing machines sawmills electric light plant Supt. and what not. Repairing also. I carry first class Engineers Licenses. I have had first class papers for 52 years. I have never attended one of these big parties you have but intend to very soon. I also am in the market for a good traction engine, one I can shape up myself. I sold my Huber and been sorry ever since. Yours truly, Walter L. Kattine, 435 Lincoln Ave., Georgetown, Ohio.' Isn't that something.
Must close and get busy on Uncle Sam's work. I figure if I make it through January I have it made for the rest of the year. Until next time Cheerio.
If we all said to people's faces what we say behind each other's backs, society would be impossible.