The year 1970 just bowed out but not before it dumped 12 inches of snow on us. I wonder what the year 1971 holds in store for each of us!
In November we received a nice letter from Mr. Andy Suttee, Route 1, Elkland, Missouri 65644. I would like to share it with all readers hoping it may be of help to someone. 'Dear Steam Engine Friends: You will find check for another year of Steam Engine Magazine, and it may be the last one, as I am 75 years old last February 3. I'm in very poor health, I had asthma, then turned to diffuse Pulmonary Fibrosis, Emphysema, Bronchitis and I have been in the hospital three times. One lung blowed out. And this all started from smoking cigarettes.
'I haven't smoked for 8 years, the doctors told me if I didn't quit they wouldn't doctor me and take my money when they couldn't do me any good.
'I was raised up with the steam engine threshing and saw mill. I fired the steamer when I was only 10 years old, they wouldn't let me drive it on the road though. I had an Emerson-Brant-ingham (?) steam engine I bought in 1944, 18 hp. and sawed lumber all around Elkland for 16 years. I had it in a fourth of July parade at Marshfield, Missouri. The 100th Anniversary of Webster county in 1955. I had light heart attack in 1957, and had to quit and give my engine away, if I had it now I could get $4500. for it, for the whole outfit I only got $600. for engine and mill. I am here today and maybe gone tomorrow. I am getting tired and will have to quit, with all my love to all Steam Engine lovers and especially to all Stem gas People and their families. And may God be with you till we meet again.' Signed Andy Suttee. Then on the back of the letter he had the prayer he said as he fired up his engine. 'I would say a prayer to God about the old steamer watch the smoke come out the smoke stack, water simmering in the boiler, building up power. It was God's water, the wood, the smoke, the metal in engine from God's own earth that made the power that has never been beaten yet and never will be. The same power in his blood keep our power with him. That never dies and the love that never fades. To all live with His power (Amen).' If that little message helps one person it will make Andy happy.
Another request for help, Mike O Keefe, 2580 Nelson St., Lakewood, Colorado 80215, is a student at the Everitt Jr. High School and they are studying the history of mankind, through the development of technology. His particular area is the history and development of the steam tractor before 1900. The least little article would be greatly appreciated.
At this time I would like to thank everyone who sent Season's Greetings and beautiful cards. Even had one very attractive card with a gas engine powering a cross cut saw on it. This, no doubt, belongs in the gas engine magazine but since I have written my last column for that magazine, and this is my last column for the Iron Men Album, I will have to hope Mr. Foster reads this.
Al and Gertrude, I will write you a letter once in a while now, you won't be able to keep track of me through this magazine. (That is Gus' sister and husband, The Barkers, who live in Pasadena, California.) Gus' brother, Frank, just became a new subscriber but his family live a little closer and we can visit each other. We spent Thanksgiving Day with Frank and Clara and all the children and grandchildren and it was wonderful. We have subscribers in Schwenksville, Penna., and they live near there.
As the saying goes, it is a small world, until we meet again, so long all you dear hearts and gentle people.