A Wheat Threshing Bee in North Carolina.
This has been a wet year in these parts but our feeding barn is blown full of wheat straw for bedding and oats straw for feeding with hay. To get the 28 inch Baker to the upper barn we had to use the Caterpillar while Miss Huber had a time finding enough traction pulling nothing. This would have been some season for a custom run folks would have had to haul the grain to our farm.
W. T. (Bill) RICHARDS, Granville, Ohio
I am sending you pictures of our engines also a large picture of our wheat threshing of July 4th, 1957. Mr. Johnnie Rummage and myself got together and planned for this threshing for a long time. It all started out as a sort of joke, but the more we thought about it the more we liked the idea. So after a lot of hard work getting everything ready we had our big day on the 4th. We had a big crowd and everybody sure seemed to enjoy the old time wheat threshing.
That is me standing on top of the separator and Johnnie Rummage, whose wheat we were threshing, is the one with the straw hat to the extreme right on the wagon. My father, the owner of this outfit, is standing on the back of the engine. He was checking the water at the time of the picture.
If nothing happens to prevent it, on the 4th of July, 1958, we hope to have a bigger and better day than ever. (We hope they did ELR).
ROBERT W. LYEERLY, Box 126, Mocksville, North Carolina
Am enclosing $2.00 for the ALBUM for another year. Through the past year The ALBUM has been instrumental in making friends and acquaintances for me which I would have missed without it.
I will endeavor to describe a Steam Meet which was held at the home of Samuel Herrington, one mile from my home on the South Newstead Road or. September 13. The J. I. Case 80 traction with the passenger locomotive whistle was very popular, my Buffalo Springfield roller was enjoyed by many as the two cylinder engine panted contentedly, eagerly, responding to the drivers wish.
Mr. Wallace Wood of Rochester, New York, contributed much to the entertainment with his collection of scale models which were shown and operated, operated by steam from the roller, a well driller powered by a single cylinder engine, and a scale model saw mill complete in every detail even to the saw dust drag was operated by a two cylinder engine and sawed souvenir slats, also in the collection was a stone crusher and a two cylinder traction engine and a thrasher, a very interesting collection, many thanks for your effort Mr. Wood.
Many of the visitors journeyed to Boulder Park after the meet to ride on the 14 inch gauge steam railroad which is owned and operated by Mr. John Prophet III, owner of the 80 Case, and Mr. Sam Herrington. The weather was fine and a very pleasant time was had by all.
EUGENE A. HAKE, Stage Road, R, D, 2. Akron, New York
Received the Nov. - Dec. 1957 issue of IRON-MEN ALBUM Magazine several days ago Naturally, I have read it entirely through and some of it several times. Especially the story about Mr. Ralph Fuller's model Isn't it surprising what a man will do to get an engine if he wants one bad enough? He gave a very good description of his engine and that made it more interesting. An outdoor machine shop equipped with a file, electric drill and hack saw as the main tools, and the results, a very fine looking little steam engine. He certainly deserves a lot of credit for his efforts and the final results in a steam engine.
I attended a steam engine show at Fort Scott, Kansas Oct. 5, 1957. It was their first show and from the results and interest shown I hope they will have one a year from now. The Frisco Railroad put on a fine dinner for all, attending the engine show and some good movies of railroad locomotives were shown.
Am enclosing a picture of a small governor I made this summer. The valve body is cut away to show the balanced valve. I made patterns and cast almost everything reasonably possible that could be cast. It was quite a bit of work making the patterns but finishing the governor was much easier because there was very little hand fabricating to do.
C. E. (Jack) KAUER, 2511 N. Waco, Wichita 4, Kansas