On Page 32 of the January-February issue, regarding the picture of that engine - I believe it is a 20-45 Fairbanks-Morse. I threshed on one 20 years ago. It was a one cylinder and started on pulling back on compression and flipping point breaker. I own a one cylinder 25 hp International which loads a lot like it. Also two Rumely Oil-Pulls. 30-60, large wheels and 30-60 small wheels.
J. W. TUCKER, 31 - 15th St. N.W., Portage LaPrairie, Man., Can.
By COUSIN MARSHA
Things get mislaid in our office but never destroyed. Here is a nice letter from a 12 year old we received in 1958. It was where it should have been but we did not look there. Forgive us, Tommy!
I just finished reading the May-June issue of the ALBUM from cover to cover for about the 101st time. I was sorry to read of Karl's passing earlier as I felt like a close friend to him.
I am 12 years old and have been a subscriber to the Album for four years and I am very much interested in engines and cars.
My uncle, Bruce McCourtney has three engines: A Case 65, a Case 50, and a Russell 16 hp which I help operate at Fairs around here.
TOMMY LUTZI, 1219 South Tenth Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
Dear Cousin Marsha,
Have been reading your column in the ALBUM, so I thought maybe you'd like to hear from out-Ohio way.
I live at the Lodi Trailer Court No. 213, Lodi, Ohio, with my Father, Mother and 15-year-old sister. I am thirteen and in the 8th Grade.
I have several hobbies, but will just mention a few. I like to put models of anything together. Have a coin collection too - this is interesting as well as helps me to save some of my money. Speaking of money, I have a paper route and deliver the Akron Beacon Journal to 38 customers, which gives me about seven dollars a week spending money.
Last summer my Grandfather, Rev. Elmer L. Ritzman, introduced me to my first Thresherman's Reunion. Needless to say, I fell in love with the steam engines and think all the men are a great bunch of fellows. In fact, two of these men live near me.
Mr. Clyde Whitmore, R. D. 1, Lodi, Ohio, has a Baker special heavy-duty uni flow engine No. 17557 which was built in 1925, hp is 21-75. The boiler is in excellent condition and Mr. Whitmore himself put a large whistle on it from a passenger engine in Pennsylvania. Mr. Whitmore bought the engine in Sept. 1960 from a man in Pennsylvania. He has the engine torn apart right now and is making some new parts for it which he does himself in an excellent workshop he has. He just finished making some piston valves and bearings for this engine. He said it took about a day to make the pistons. Mr. Whitmore will show his engine at Mansfield, Ohio; Mechanicsburg, Ohio, and at Lodi's Sesquicentennial this year.
Another steam engine fan is Mr. Roy Conn of R. D., Wooster, Ohio. Sorry to report this interesting man wasn't home when I called there, but his engines were there. He has a Russell engine and a 10 hp Huber built in 1906. Both are in excellent condition.
If any of you get out Lodi way look us all up and, in the meantime, I'll look you up at the Reunions.
DAVID L. GILSON, Lodi Trailer Court, Lodi, Ohio
Regarding the picture of the young lassie in the wheel of the tractor I presume she revolves with the wheel, sort of a stunt. (Jan-Feb. Issue P 17).
I have colored slides and movies of 'yours truly' doing such a stunt on a front wheel during the opening of Michigans 'Big Mac' bridge. A two-day 'Agrama' was sponsored in Cheboygan by Michigan State College and I was requested to operate one of three steam tractors Clifford Watrous had on the grounds.
It was while in front of the grandstands I stopped and hitch-hiked a ride with the following tractor. When he stopped I 'got set' on the front wheel and ready. I shall never forget the silence on the grandstand and the thought came to mind when I saw the blue sky passing by my feet, 'will this be a flop like some sermons?' However, on the second revolution cheers broke loose and the crowd rose on their feet. My bow of thanks was so complete I just stood on my head for them.
Later an AP man inquired for the old gray-haired man who rode in the wheel. I resolved to act my age hereafter. No use, I can't. I may locate a black and white snap of this later.
CHARLIE L. PEAREE, 316 Carrie Street, Sault St. Marie, Michigan