THE GREATEST ALBUM
I am in this, enclosing my check for $2.00 as a renewal for the greatest ALBUM in the world. My key No. is 3A2. I also enclose a self-addressed card telling me how we stand.
I, with Grover Curtis, Elmer Martin, and Ellis Martin attended the reunion of the Pioneers Steam Engine Club at Porters Grove near Rushville, Indiana, this year and enjoyed ourselves very much with five of the steamers out in the big field. I started running steam engines at 12 years of age in 1887. My first was a 10hp. A & T, horse guide, wood rim wheels with cast iron hubs. My next was a Lansing, 4 wheel drive with chain gearing on transmission. My first to own was a 10 hp. Frick.
We, here in Pekin, will celebrate the coming 4th of July (1956) with two steamers in the parade, which will be the 126th celebration on that date in this community. Come on over.
I'll sign off with a Merry Christmas to you all. Your brother in the steam ring
ARTHUR H. WELLER Pekin, Indiana
P. S. 126 years is a long time. I have attended 76 of them, this 1956 will be 77 times for meour crowds are estimated at 8,000 to 9,000 people. The parade in 1955 was one mile long. A.H.W.
ENJOYED MY FIRST YEAR
I surely have enjoyed my first year with the IRON-MEN ALBUM. It was responsible for my trip to the Pontiac Reunion last summer.
I took my three oldest boys with me, ages 12, 10 and 8. Now the oldest spent most of the day at the gun display. The second was a real steam fan, in fact he was fortunate enough to drive one steamer to the river and back. My what a thrill. My third boy just enjoyed everything including the lunch counter and drinking pop most of the time. I plan to take the little fellow, now age 5, who stayed home with mother, next year.
CLAUDE WINGROVE Lincoln, Nebraska
QUITE ANCIENT 20 HP. CASE
Please find enclosed my check for another year of the ALBUM also a photo of another engine I bought and brought home from eastern Oregon. I found this one out in the 'sticks' where it was used to run a sawmill. I tested the boiler and run it up to 170 cold water test. I had it hauled on a low boy truck about 135 miles. It is one the junk dealers did not get and had set for between 12 and 15 years right out in the open. Some varmints had gone in the exhaust up through the heater and had about a pail full of sawdust inside the cylinder. So I had to take the cylinder head off and take out the piston to get the sawdust cleaned out.
The rings were rusted solid so I poured kerosene and stove oil on the piston and went to hitting the rings with a stick, finally getting them loosened up. I had a bull dozer pull it out of the canyon since we could not steam it up on account of needing some work done on it first. It was a mountain road and there was no brake on it, so I hooked a 2 ton truck behind to hold back when we came to a hill. After some connive ring we got it to the home of a friend where we loaded it on the low boy.
When I got it home I had a man hook his tractor to the old engine and I wrapped a rope around the fly wheel and that was the way we unloaded it. It is a 20hp. Case and quite ancient number 10955.
Coming home from the 'sticks' a limb hit the smoke stack and knocked it off so I had to have that welded. Then I painted it with aluminum paint so it would rust no more until I got it in the shed. It is now in very nice shape. I think when the Case Company quit making steam engines their number was about 35000 so you see it is quite old. I believe about 1914.
I also have a Buffalo Pitts 1895 model half the number was broken off. I look forward to getting the ALBUM wish I could afford to go to all the reunions 7 threshing bees. Best regards to Elmer and Earlene and more steam to the ALBUM.
W. E. WALSTON Willamette, Oregon
CASE 'OLD SMOKY'
I received my first copy of your magazine today and enjoyed it very much. Until recently I did not know there was such a magazine published.
I am enclosing a picture of myself with 'Old Smokey'. This is a Case engine, 60hp., serial No. 34206, manufactured April 30, 1917. It was shipped August 22, 1918 to Craig, Colorado, and used around there for various jobs until last August, when I purchased it, reflued and overhauled it and now use it for parades.
I also have a Kelly-Springfield road-roller and a Case 50 hp., serial 31007
ROY TIDWELL 439 Terry St., Longmont, Colorado
NOT GOING TO LOSE ME
Am sending you my renewal as I want to extend my subscription. No indeed you are not going to lose me for a subscriber as I think very highly of the ALBUM and prize it as one of my most desired magazines. Best wishes to all.
WILLIAM PETERSON Henderson, Illinois
NOTE FROM THE SECRETARY
Strange how we meet in this world. My father-in-law worked with Mr. Peterson in Illinois more than 50 years ago. I have corresponded with him.
KARL MR. NELSON IS CORRECT
In your Jan.-Feb., 1956 issue there is a correction by Wm. R. Benda, R. D., Millan, Illinois, in regard to N. B. Nelson's 3 Model steam engines, Case, Advance and Huber. Mr. Benda wrote in his article that Advance never did make a 22hp. side mounted engine. I would say Mr. Nelson is correct. If I am not badly mistaken Advance made a 22hp. Single Cylinder side mounted engine with a Lafever type straw burning boiler. There is a good photo in the IRON-MEN Magazine of Jan.-Feb., 1953 issue sent in by Harry Trego, Halstead, Kansas, my old home state and I think Mr. Trego knows his engines. In T. H. Smith's Album of American Engines they are full of dimensions of Advance engines of 22 hp., also plain photos, page 3, if Mr. Benda wishes to refer to them.
I have been operating and owned steam engines until about 1940, starting in Kansas in 1900. Many different makes, the most number of years with under mounted Avery's. But always thought the Advance one of the finest steam engines.
ELI BRENKMAN Pekin, Illinois
YOUR UNCLE DUDLEY GOES
Your Uncle Dudley goes to a few reunions here and there and I sure do get a bang out of the different methods used in firing a boiler. I have fired upright and horizontal engines for quite a few years and seems as though all the firemen think of is smoke to take a picture. Smoke will not make steam but will plug the flues. With a cold boiler clean the grates, put in four or five shovels of coal then put the kindling on the top of the coal, light your fire, leave the fire door open about three inches till the boiler feels hot to the touch and you will get steam in half the time it takes some of the firemen I have observed.
C. W. BARD Corunna, Indiana
THEN SOMETIMES AGAIN
Please find my renewal enclosed as I like the little magazine and read it from cover to cover and then sometimes again. I like the nice pictures also. I run a 20hp. Russell Compound during harvest for 5 years pulling a 30x50 Aultman Taylor separator. I also owned a 10x10 Case engine with which I threshed as well as doing a lot of logging and hauling. Now I own a portable sawmill mounted on rubber which I operate with a Diesel engine. It is good power but I like the steam much better. The Diesel is not so dangerous from the fire angle and it is handier.
J. J. UHLEMKOLT Kuterville, Idaho