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.
Every Sunday, in the summer, Mr. Hodgkin fires up for the day. People who are going by stop to stare at the old gal steam around the yard. Mr. Hodgkin has been very good to answer all my questions (of which I have many). I went to the Montpelier Reunion last year and the Richland County Threshers Club Reunion. I plan to go back to both reunions again this year.
I think the Iron-Men Album can't be beat, keep up the good work.
ROGER MOORE, 122 Forest Street, Wellington, Ohio
In regard to the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Locomotive pictured on page 17 of the May-June issue, this is one of the well known K2 engines of the Burlington system. It was built in November 1892 for the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad and was numbered 309. In 1904 when the 'Q' renumbered their engines it became 637. This is one of the few Burlington engines to use the Belpaire firebox that was so common to the Pennsylvania Railroad.
These engines had 64' drivers, 19 x 24 in. cylinders, steam pressure 180 pounds and had a tractive force of 20,700 lbs. The 637 has been refitted with a diamond stack for exhibition purposes and is kept at the roundhouse in Galesburg, Illinois. Some of you may have seen this engine at the Railroad Fair Pageant at Chicago in 1949.
It may be used some when the Burlington runs their all steam trip from Chicago to Denver and return June 4 -12 this year.
AMOS POST, Lewistown, Illinois
In May-June issue, on pages 18 and 19 where they were threshing and baling straw, they wanted to know the make of the Baker. It is a 17x22 Eli, made by the Collins Plow Co., of Quincy, Illinois. It is one of the first hay balers I ever fed
BUN BONER, Box 321, Butler, Ohio