Letters


| May/June 1957



Old engines

Courtesy of Dee Quick, R. D. 1, Eldorado, Illinois.

Dee Quick

BEYOND EXPLANATION

July 21st, 1956, I attended the centennial Fair at Pinckneyville, Illinois, and enjoyed the Fred Lenker and Clem Bandison Steam Engine Show beyond explanation. It was the first in southern Illinois, and was enjoyed by all who attended.

Clem Bandison with his 19hp. Keck, No. 1852 on the 24' Teeter, with his son, Jim, looking on. Clem did a good job of it and drew a fine applause from the filled grandstand. You can see Old Glory above the cab, still and solemn, as though paying tribute to one of the fine old engines that have been so instrumental in building industry and agriculture.

They had four engines; one Kitten, a peerless; two Kecks; Case and a Rumely. Two loads of wheat were threshed which made a familiar scene and music to the ear. My, how sweet as compared to the rattle and noise made today by the modern machines.

I was 22 when we quit steam and went to gas. I was against the tractors but had to give it up, however, the old steamer stuck with me and I can't help it. I live 35 miles from Mt. Vernon, Indiana, where Keck-Gonnerman was built. I grew up over there and it is a sad sight to pass the factory and see everything gone. Many memories haunt the grounds there to me yet.

SENDS IT TO A FRIEND

I am a subscriber to your ALBUM and think it is fine so much that I want to send it to a friend for a birthday present. In the Nov.-Dec. issue, page 20, there is a picture and short description of Flinchbaugh Tractors of York, Pa. Is this company any relation to the York Tractor Company of York, Pa.? If so I will be looking forward to your story. My Dad used to have a 25hp. York two cylinder, it would run in either direction, weighed 13 tons and was buillt in 1913. I have a few snapshots of this tractor I would be glad to send if you would Want them.

My father and I attended the Reunion at Bird City, Kansas, and enjoyed it immensly.