| September/October 1960


Just a note to let you know that western Iowa is still here after all that white stuff we had last winter.

I walked back into my grove behind the house when spring came and sure enough there was ray sawmill still there! I began to wonder for a while if I would ever see it again! I set it up last fall and, after corn-picking, did some logging. I got the mill running fairly well (for a beginner) when the snows hit. Three different times I uncovered it and before I got the shovel put away Mother Nature began to cover it up again. After the snow got 3 or 4 feet deep and hard as cement I gave it up. Couldn't get logs out to haul in anyway. Then when the snow left it was oats sowing time. So my venture with a sawmill will have to wait until those oats are back in the bin now.

Everybody told me when I-bought it and found out I had never sawed before, that I would bleed for a while. I believed them but figure whenever a person gets so mean and stubborn that he can't learn something new he is no longer useful to the rest of the world.

It sure is nice to have your own board pile on the farm. Lumber at the yard costs between $160 and $190 per thousand for just general farm use.

QUENTIN W. SHULTZ, Rt. 2, Griswold, Iowa


On page 11 of the March-April 1960 issue there is a picture sent in by Mr. C. H. Hodgkin of Wellington, Ohio. It is a Port Huron engine. I have seen it hot many times. I am only 16 and get a lot of fun riding around on it.