Enclosed you will find a check for three dollars for the renewal of the finest and most interesting magazine which I receive. I have been getting it since 1951 and I have all the copies up to the present except for one. I am also enclosing two pictures of some old steam shovels that were used around 1900 or later. In the big picture the fellow on top of the cab is C. A. Goodwin, my son-in-law's grand-father, who operated the steam shovel for many years. The small picture is a later steam shovel which used to dig marl and load dump cars for a cement plant near Castalia, Ohio. I don't know whether they are plain enough to be reprint c, but I knew that they would interest you anyway.
I believe that you will remember Cletus Wryer, who was a good friend of mine and who had built a small steam engine that he displayed at various reunions. I hauled it to Montpelier for him the first time he showed it. I believe that he got an old grain separator from you which he later showed with it.
Lawrence Weisz, Route 4, Bellevue, Ohio
On Friday, January 25, 1963, Al Franckle, Business Manager of Dickinson College called me and asked if I owned a steam engine. I informed him that I did and he said, 'Would you bring it up to Metzger Hall as soon as possible?' Metzger Hall is a girl's dormitory. I told him that it was in 'moth balls' for the winter, but this did not dampen his hopes, and he informed me that he was unable to get an auxiliary steam unit anywhere, and that there were 83 girls in the dormitory without heat.
I then agreed to get the engine into Carlisle as soon as possible, and immediately got in touch with men whom I could depend on as firemen, Bill King, Dillsburg, R. D. 1, Ernest Shover, Dave Sheaffer, and Dave Shearer of Carlisle, Pa. and LeRoy Boyd of Mechanicsburg, Pa. This call came late Friday, January 25th and we hooked up Saturday the 26th to the dormitory steam system. We furnished heat continuously 24 hours a day until the early part of February, 1963.
I appreciated the cooperation of these firemen, and I am sure the Dickinson College officials share this appreciation.
W. H. Hooke, 168 W. High St., Carlisle, Pa.
It seems tome that the steam engine was the greatest contribution to a better way of life than any invention or method before or since the steam era, in fact this was a very social and romantic period of time, people were brought together across the nation by the steam train, and locally by the steam thresher. I think we would have been better off if we could have held to the period that existed prior to World War One. (one man's opinion)
This article may not be worth printing but perhaps you will at least read it. I am enclosing some photos you might use, an 18 hp U.M. Avery the writer at side. A 20 hp Advance in Okla. notice the extra lugs and rim on drive wheels for getting around in the sand and my last fling in 1926 at Montezuma, Kan. on a 16 hp double simple Reeves.
My father didn't own the above engine, only the mill, but he did own a thresher with slat straw carrier and a 12 hp Case engine bought in 1901. We later bought a 3254 Case separator and 18 hp Avery engine shown in picture. I operated a number of different engines in this area around Mount Ida, Kansas where I lived. I also threshed in a number of places in the fireman, an experience I was long to remember.
My last year to thresh was 1926, near Montezuma, Kan. on the 16 hp Reeves shown in picture. When the season was ended I left all this forever, and with a sad heart moved to Kansas City, Mo. and became a licensed stationary engineer. There is some satisfaction in working with stationary steam and diesel engines, but nothing fills the void in an old thresherman like the bark of a steam engine, and especially an Advance. You may never have the largest circulation in the country, but no publication of any kind will have such enthusiastic readers, and may it never cease to warm the hearts of old timers like myself who keep reaching back into the dreams and memories of yesteryear.
Chas. P. Hartman, Rt. 1, Rocky Comfort, Missouri