LETTERS


| January/February 1962



Old return-flue

An old return-flue that couldn't take any more pressure.

LETTER FROM GEORGIA

Enclosed is a copy of a snapshot which was given to my good friend Ben Fischer of Bowesmont, North Dakota. It shows what was left of a good old return-flue job that apparently had 'had enough.' The degree of demolition is almost unbelievable, but a fragment of the boiler section is visible, together with a twisted and broken engine frame and broken gearing and bent drive wheel. The coal wagon remains intact, but no information is at hand concerning any possible casualties in this terrible explosion. While the old photo is a bit dim, I hope that it may reproduce, and because of its very unusual nature I should like to send another copy of the snap to our western friend Steam Engines, as likely there may be several readers of one magazine who may not also see the other, and I am presuming that you will not mind this favor.

Since I am greatly interested in what may come from the soil, under good cultivation, I am looking forward to that time when I may again take utmost pleasure in gardening and a bit of fruit orchard. Could anything be more enlightening? In my alumni magazine recently appeared the following, as quoted from Light of Many Lamps; you may wish to re-print it for our readers as it is a beautiful thought:

'If this were my last day I'm almost
sure
I'd spend it working in my garden....
Then, as I rested, perhaps a friend
or two,
Lovers of flowers would come and
we could walk
About my little garden paths and talk
Of peaceful times when all the world
seemed true.
This may be my last day, for all
I know;
What a temptation just to spend it so!'

Of course my faithful traction engine would be alongside the field where I might glance up and see it every now and then, for it too was a great tiller of the soil, the Iron Man.

FRANK J. BURRIS, Marietta, Georgia

Letter

Your magazine carries excellent photos and interesting stories about steam engine and threshing operators from all over the country, but I would like to see some of the local boys, in the Hummelstown, Harrisburg, Middle-town, Hershey area come forth with some of their history and experiences. For instance, there is a Mr. David Seibert, Hummelstown, R.D., who operated a number of steam threshing rigs, was one of the biggest in the area and I am sure he could supply a wealth of very interesting information on his experiences in the business.