We have been reading the recent issues of your magazine. In our Museum work we find some valuable information in almost every issue. Many times it is a matter of reference material, which enables us to form another link in the chain of history of some of our ancient machines.
Personally I find the letters from time to time appearing in your magazine from old time threshermen most interesting. Having been a thresherman myself, starting when I was 14 years old, pitching bundles for the first two years on an old fashion hand fed Stanley Jones combination outfit and at the age of 16 having to take over full responsibility and operate progressively larger outfits, as well as manage the crew, I must admit that I still like the smell of chaff and steam.
We invite any or all of the readers of your magazine to come up and visit us in Canada, as I guess we maybe have the largest collection of old fashioned steam and gas tractors, automobiles and horse drawn rigs that there is in quite a large area. We are not boasting but we admit we are proud of our collection, although we have a great deal yet to do to complete it.
Was wondering if some of your readers could help us. We are reconditioning a number of gas and steam tractors at the present time, and we are rather stuck on two of them. One is a Nilson Senior. This tractor, according to specifications was rated as a 36 horse power. What we are stuck on is the radiator and all the cowling, that is the engine cover, the frame work for same, as well as the screen or whatever should go in the front end where the radiator usually sits in most tractors. To remind you in the case of the Nilson Senior the radiator is at the back of the hood. In fact it is just about the centre of the engine, just in front of the steering wheel and the driver.
We have secured some pictures from our old friend, Hal Higgins, but we still can't get a detailed one of the front hood, close enough up to see how the screen or whatever arrangement was used in the front end construction, or what type of material and what design exactly.
The other tractor on which we a: stuck is the Pioneer Special, manufactured in Winona, Minnesota, rate as a 15-30 with horizontal motor. On this one we are short a radiator and the hood, in fact all the cowling in the front end of it, as well as several of the inspection plates that are made of cast off the motor. If any of the readers know where we can get any of these parts or close-up pictures of the Nilson Senior tractor taken from the front end, we would sure like to hear from you. Maybe we have something to trade that you could make use of in return.
Plans are progressing rapidly for our regular annual Pion-Era show held here in Saskatoon. The dates this year are June 29th to July 4th. How about making this a holiday trip and come to northern Saskatchewan and see us. A hearty invitation is extended to all.
Wishing your magazine every success
J. L. PHELPS, Craiman, Western Development Museum Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Every year about this time something takes place in my physical make up that causes my brain to set in motion and it comes up with the idea that I should send you a check for $2.00 to extend my subscription to the ALBUM another year. I did not realize when I first subscribed to the 'Farm Album', late in 1949 that would be taking the Magazine so long and getting so much enjoyment from it. Also the books you sell have meant much to me. Have recently purchased three 'American Thresherman' magazines published in 1900 in fine condition. Also two Port Huron catalogs and a Huber published in 1901. It a real pleasure to look them over every few weeks. Brings back the good old days of childhood. Something like the old 'Swimming' Hole'. God has been good to us, Elmer, hasn't He?
LEONARD E. NEWTON, 1427 Elm Street, Grinnell, Iowa
Dear reader of the IRON-MEN ALBUM, I want to thank you one and all for the nice response my husband (Henry Long) got from the letter-article I wrote to the ALBUM. He has received letters from all over the U.S.A. and several from Canada, and the nicest and most interesting pictures. Some letters had as high as 14 pictures in it. I have put them in a picture album and have marked each one so we will know who they are from and what they represent. Each picture has a story.
Henry has enjoyed the letters and pictures a great deal. I think our children and grandchildren get as much enjoyment from them as he does. He's still receiving them.
I want to thank you of the ALBUM and all the readers again for being so nice to one who is a shut-in. At this writing he's not very well, don't seem to improve much. One never knows how many good friends they have until you have something like what we are going through.
MR. and MRS. HENRY LONG, 904 No. 9th St., St. Joseph, Missouri (formerly of Faucett R.D.1, Mo.)
Got a kick reading E. C. Forman's story in the Nov.-Dec. issue of the ALBUM. Reminding of a morning over fifty years ago, in Kansas, where we were unloading a Case separator for a German family.
The railroad had set the car on the siding the night before and Jake, Sr., Jake, Jr., and Mary Ann were in hand early next morning, to help with the unloading. Jake, Sr., put in the whole morning telling us what a rough time the engineer and water monkey had given him the year before.
It seemed that they would get tanked up on something stronger than strawberry pop every week-end and would not show up to thresh until the following Tuesday.
But Jake, Sr., says, 'I got that fixed this year. Mine boy, Jake, will en-shine, Mine brudder, Henry, will thresh box and I think I will monkey water self this year.'
The old time threshing has faded out of the picture. That's the way of life. The wheel turns, grinds out the old and takes in the new.
CHARLIE FAY, R. D. 4, Box 321A, Greeley, Colorado