| November/December 1966

R. R. 3, Box 311 Findlay, Ohio

I believe I was about 13 years old when these two pictures were taken. As I remember, Father had filled the boiler with water and had put in a fire to guard against freezing, in preparation of doing some custom fire wood buzzing. He then had gone to town to do their Saturday afternoon shopping. I had fired and watched the water some previous to this for him, so I thought it would be fun to fire farther, get up steam and run it to the woods and return which I did. All went well, until I had gotten this far and the right rear wheel broke through the top frozen layer of ground. I was then very much worried as to what Father would say if it was still there when he returned home; although I had been along with him when he would get in similar trouble and would sometimes lay the rail pieces or stove wood in front or behind the wheels, such as would be required for him.

At about the age of ten, my mother had gotten me a 3 x 4 glass plate camera and developing kit for a Christmas present. I had become quite interested in it and away I went back to the house and got the camera and took the first picture. I do not know how long it was before I was able to take the second one, but I do remember how glad I was when the engine was back at the barn when Father returned home. When he did arrive, instead of scolding me, he commended me for being able to get it out without any assistance.

Later, in my 15th year, I ran this engine with the hired man running the clover huller to hull 796 bu. of recleaned second crop red clover seed and the following season on the grain thresher, a 36 x 60 Huber. The last engine I fired for Father was an 18 HP Peerless which was a very nice running engine and easy to fire. A picture of this one was in the May 1964 Engineers & Engines Magazine.

The Mrs. and myself are now living on 80 A. of the same farm, although in a newer set of buildings.


Courtesy of Howard Camp, 18 West Washington Street, Newnan, Georgia 30205