3520 W. 12th. St., Indianapolis, Indiana
To Mr. Ray Jones, Surman, Indiana
I am in receipt of a few posters, covering your 1965 old threshing rigs, powered by steam and other items. I received these for quite a number of years from John J. Menchhofer of Indianapolis, who at one time was an officer of your organization, but, of course, is now so nearly blind that he would not be able to function.
John, as well as Ben Schreoder. his brother-in-law, as partners sawed lumber for me for several years from 1914 to 1919. They also used one of my traction engines during the threshing season. Then, too, Ben went with me to Alabama in 1919, where he was my sawyer and filer on a band mill operation I operated there. Ben, of course, has now gone over the hill.
The real purpose of this letter is to enclose a clipping of letter to the editor of our local newspaper, entitled American Scene That's Vanished, written by a woman, Mary Louise Dersewch of Ridgetop, Tennessee, a small village north of Nashville.
It occurred to me that this was written so beautifully, that no one could have written it, only someone who went through it in those times. She presents it in such a way that sort of puts a lump in your throat when you read it. I am writing her that I am sending you this clipping and also mailed her one of the posters that John mailed to me.
My thoughts were that this was so nicely written and so true to life as it was then, that you might like to have it reprinted on your program at the show.
I am quite sure that many of the older people who went through those times would very much enjoy reading it. I also mailed a copy of this clipping to John J. Menchhofer. While he cannot see to read, he can have someone read it to him.
H. W. Wiesham, Sr.
(Mr. Weisham was an Indiana boy buying and selling timber and lumber near Sunman, Indiana. He left here in about 1919 to take up sawmilling in Alabama.)