Congratulations on the Jan.-Feb. issue of the ALBUM. It appears to be almost a Peerless edition. I have always wondered where all the Peerless were. They were a good engine and a lot of them were made. Now they have begun to show up.
I am wondering what horse power my engine No. 17675, Peerless of course, is It has 8x10 inch cylinder. This engine was made by the Emerson-Brantingham Co., in 1915. Diameter of the boiler shell is 26 in., fire box 24x52 inches and 72 flues.
C. E. CLAPPER, Box 582, Mount Hope, West Virginia
FROM THE FAR WEST
I like the ALBUM fine but would like to see more Western News. I really enjoyed the article 'Reminiscences of a Half Century of Agricultural Appliances,' Jan.-Feb., 1959 issue.
I own a 6hp. Russell engine No. 4640 built in 1888, also a Best Tracklayer 25hp. Serial No. 201 built in 1920. Both machines are in good running condition and have been restored by me.
I belong to The Western Steam Fiends Association and to the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association.
We have several old Threshing Bee in our area and my Russell is easy to haul on our farm truck. I always take them in and use the little Russell to pull bundle wagons. I have never owned a threshing outfit but I did operate an Aultman Taylor engine in my younger years.
There are a lot of makes of engines in the east that we never heard of here in the west. Most of the engines here were Russell, Case, Aultman Taylor, a few Advance and Rumely, some Holt and Best in California.
CARL KIRSCH, Box 57, St. Paul, Minnesota
NO PLACE TO PARK ONE
Just a few lines to let you gentlemen, who publish the best Magazine I ever read, know that I really like the ALBUM. I read it from cover to cover the minute I get hold of it. I live in town now and have no place to park a big steamer, so I have to enjoy myself with the 1 inch scale Model Case 65, and a Case separator that I built during my spare time,
Enclosed is a picture of the same. I never had the opportunity to own a steam engine but I did fire a 20hp. rear mounted Nichols & Shepard one season and hauled water one season for a 15hp. Aultman-Taylor.
I am also enclosing a picture of a Minneapolis engine I snapped in 1951. The engine was used for moving a house at that time. Standing on the engine is, at left, my son Larry Fried rich and at the right is my nephew George Dottier.
With the best of luck to all the IRON-MEN Steam Engine enthusiasts
R. H. FREDRICH, Elgin, North Dakota
JUST WHAT I NEED
I am enclosing a check for two years subscription to the ALBUM.
The Magazine is just what I need. It gives me the pleasant relaxation I long for in my busy life and material for reminiscence of an era that was wonderful.
I look forward for each copy as it comes in the mail and I am saving them to read over and over again.
I am stationary fireman on a 50,000lb. per hour Springfield boiler. I own a 60hp. Case which I use on a sawmill.
WARREN HUNCKE, Dubuque, Iowa
ALL SO INTERESTING
We take your IRON-MEN ALBUM and like it fine. It is all so interesting The one article in the Jan.-Feb., 1957 issue about the Flinch Baugh tractor is of interest to me because my Dad had one of them. A 25hp. I have some pictures taken of it the last time it run in 1937 when it was junked It's weight was around 13 tons. It was reversible which gave it two speeds in both forward and reverse. There was an idler which kept the governor belt tight. If the belt broke and let the idler drop down it shut of' the electric current to the coils and the engine would stop rather than over speed itself and ruin something.
I can remember when this tractor was used to run a 22 inch thresher. Is' one of the spark plugs would quit firing one of the men would hold the exact valve open and change plugs while the tractor kept the machine running. That was the time the pitchers would try to slug the machine and kill the power but the York tractor kept things up to an even speed The big trouble was keeping the stream going into the blower.
I have the old York book and some blueprints and the old brass name plate from the old York.
Wm. P. SWANSON, Jr. Cambridge, Nebraska
A PROMISE KEPT
I promised you in 1955 at the Central States Reunion and Steam Engine Show that I would mail you a card of the Port Huron Engine that fell through a bridge with me while threshing in 1916.
As you can see the water tanks and coal bunkers came up over the back of the boiler and I came up with them, my left foot caught on the top hand hole plate and as luck would have it got my foot out of shoe jumped down on the ground and pulled socks off and the flesh was scalded so it came off in the socks. Was on crutches for a few months, still have the scars but otherwise OK. We had crossed 2 twenty foot spans coming on a thirty foot span and the second settled down enough to let the plates on the third span to slide off. It was 18 feet above the ground here and the bridge was 160 feet long.
I have not threshed as many years as most me have but sure did enjoy the years that I was at the game. I started at the age of 18 in 1901 running a blower for a company machine and during that year got to feeding. Next year they put me to feeding, also feed in 1903. Then in 1904 John Helfers who later became a brother-in-law, and I bought a 10 horse Buffalo Pitts with a 32-50 separator and the old Satterly Stackers in the back. In 1905 we bought a new Port Huron outfit larger one, and in a few years later we dissolved partnership and by 1920 we had four rigs each.
I went on the road for Keck-Gonnerman Co., in 1920 but by 1927 combines got so plentiful had to look for new place. So I went with Minneapolis Steel Machinery Co., which is now Minneapolis Power Implement Company.
Then by 1933 was cut off until? So put application in with Allis Chalmers Mfg. Co. Went to work for them in 1934 and age caught up with me in 1953. Retired July 31 that year and I want to say I have enjoyed every day of it no difference where it was with either of them. Even with the three years expediting while was with A.C. and with all of it I still like to smell the oil burning on the steam boiler. Will be seeing you at some of the reunions this fall.
I. R. ARNOLD, Belleville, Illinois