| January/February 1954

Milton, Iowa.

When the 'IRON-MEN ALBUM' comes there is not much work of any kind done at our house nor at Mr. Van Fleet's, who is another ardent supporter of the old school of steam engine men. We both would not want to miss a copy, my only regret that I did not know of it sooner that I could have got in the earlier copies.

I have not had a paper like it since the death of our old friend, Bascome B. Clark, who edited the well-liked 'American Threshermen' and then later the 'Farm Power' edited a short time by his esteemed son James L. Clarke of Madison, Wis. By the way does anybody know what become of Mr. James L. Clarke. His was a fine paper for power users. I sent in several subscriptions for neighbors and had some correspondence with Mr. Clarke, however, about the middle of World War II the paper ceased coming and I received no reply to my letter of inquiry. I know it was hard sledding for Jim to keep the paper coming and repeatedly he warned his subscribers to get busy and each send in at least one new subscriber a year. I liked Mr. Clarke just the same as his father and thought he had a great prospect in the 'Farm Power', hence I tried to secure as many subscriptions as I could at the time. However, as is human nature, people take things for granted and don't take time or realize the value of such publications till it is too late, then. and unfortunately not until then, is the value realized. Right now again, I have showed the 'ALBUM to many who have been very interested and took time to read every word therein, but pry that $2.00 sub. out of them, that's something else again.


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