| September/October 1968

No doubt by this time you Steam Enthusiast have attended a few shows and are making plans for next year.

Have had several nice letters from you readers and Mr. Green of Rushylvania, Ohio writes that 'Old Rosie', the cow, is expecting again. She will win, hands, down as I'm out of the race.

Also a letter came from Mrs. Alice (Crabtree) Ambrose of Emmett, Michigan regarding the explosion in Big Prairie Township, Newago Co, Michigan in 1899 (March-April, 1966 & May-June 1967) that claimed the lives of seven men, one of whom was her father. She was upset that the writer insinuated that her father was to blame, because he was the operator. In asking others who know locomotives, I have learned that by an unwritten law, the operator is responsible for whatever happens during a run of his machine, but that by the same token, and in this case, this is of very great importance, as long as any one man assumes that responsibility, no other man has any right to open or close value, or do anything whatsoever to that machine without notifying the operator.

Although it may be true that low water is the major cause of boiler explosions, there are other causes, and since Mr. Crabtree was already pulling the fire, it is quite reasonable to assume that he knew of some other defect somewhere that could cause the explosion by adding cold water.

I am sure that all of us of Iron Men Album apologize to you Mrs. Ambrose, and I personally say that your Dad was not to blame for the explosion that tragic day so long ago but we have to print the articles as we receive them. On the lighter side, in June we celebrated our 15th Wedding Anniversary and took a few days vacation to motor to Ohio for a family reunion. A good time was had by all. The man above sure turned on the heat these past few days and the only consolation I have is, it will soon be deadline time for Nov-Dec. issue of Iron Men and that means Winter isn't too far off.

Best wishes to all you dear hearts and gentle people.


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