Letters


| January/February 1960


LIKE IT VERY MUCH

I just received a sample copy of your IRON-MEN ALBUM and like it very much so I am enclosing two dollars for a years subscription. I have never been in the threshing business but am an ex-farmer and once owned an Advance 32 in cyl. separator but no engine. I have an old threshing account book kept by my grandfather in 1845 to 1851 in which he has written the names of those he threshed for and the number of bushels of grain and the threshing price. It is written in ink and is perfectly legible after all these years. In that day and age they used the old horse-power outfits to furnish power to run the separator. This old book shows that he threshed for farmers in Jersey Co., Illinois, Greene Co., Pike Co., and Calhoun Co., Illinois. His name was George W. Fitzgerald, my mother's father.

We have several steam collectors here in Oregon, one at Canby. Mr. Pike and Mr. Mickelson at Silverton, Oregon, and Mr. Schurman at Woodland. I usually manage to attend the gatherings which are very interesting to me.

CLARENCE E. DUGAN 7406 S. E. Woodward Street Portland 6, Oregon

HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED?

Perhaps I should have sent you this information a little sooner, and while at it will enclose a check for two dollars for which renew my subscription to the magazine for another year. I only wish it came every month. Have you ever considered publishing every month? I don't believe you would lack for material and pictures for all these issues. Anyway, it is a fine magazine, and all three magazines are serving a need without any overlapping.



Harvey Mikkelson is going to hold his 6th annual Threshing Bee on his farm near Silverton, Oregon, August 22_23rd, 1959. He has a lot of interesting things planned from what his friends write me. Also the annual business meeting of the WFSA will be held in the Lutheran Church the evening of August 22nd, after a dinner has been served by the Lutheran Church Ladies Aid; and the election of officers and other business will be transacted and plans no doubt made for the meeting in 1960. This will be the first year since the organization was founded, that it has met away from Colton, Washington. The plans are now to alternate the annual business meetings between Oregon and Washington. I expect to be on hand to help out with the Threshing Bee perhaps run an engine and also take in the dinner and business meeting. My vacation comes at that time, so everything works out fine. Due to the distance involved, it is nearly impossible to attend any of the large fine reunions in the east and mid-west, and the one at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa particularly intrigues me. I believe it is the largest event of its kind by far, in the country. Also, the Roy Kite Show at Bird City, Kansas is a fine one.

I have been doing some work on P. A. Miller's 16-48 Aultman-Taylor engine, and hope to have it going before too long. Also have been trying to get the large single-cylinder gasoline engine going, and Sunday, got a few pops and loud chugs out of it. This engine was built by the Samson Iron Works of Stockton, California in 1890, and is still in good working order. I believe I'm safe in saying it is the oldest gas engine in the entire country still in working order. Will send some pictures and a story on it later. I also expect to go by Glenn O. Nice's home in LaGrande; Oregon and help him with his Threshing Bee on August 30th. I'll really have my fill of steam and threshing this year, and enjoy every bit of it! The Oregon fellows are a fine bunch and if it is ever possible, you should try to come out and visit with them you will never find time better spent and in finer company. They have a lot of fine engines, in top condition, and are generous in letting their friends help with their operation and supervision, and sharing their fun with others. Too bad there isn't an event like it in California. Someday, such may be possible.