FROM AKRON, NEW YORK
It is with a great deal of satisfaction and appreciation that I am sending $2.00 for the ALBUM for another year. I grew up in the steam age, operated steam engines, narrow gauge locomotives and steam shovels, and with this knowledge of steam power it was natural that I was interested to the extent that I wished to own an engine of my own. This wish came true when I subscribed to the ALBUM An ad placed in the ALBUM described a return flue five horse engine on skids. I contacted the owner and the results were that I took a trip to Alton, Illinois and got the engine.
My son, who knew nothing about steam was very much interested. He learned the care and operation of same and is capable of operating on his own. We saw cord wood with it and has ample power to make it practical for this purpose.
Am enclosing a picture of my Peerless return flue engine with my hound Ginger in attendance which will give a good idea of the size. I also have a Buffalo steam roller, ten ton, which is in operating condition and we use it whenever the occasion arises.
EUGENE A. HAKE Stage Road R. D. 2, Akron, New York
THE PRAIRIES OF ALBERTA
I threshed and plowed the Priaries of Alberta, Canada, for many years. I was able to make a trip back two years ago and contacted Mr. Ross who wrote the excellent 'Exhaust Echoes' in the ALBUM some time ago.
I visit the Mt. Pleasant Reunion every year and enjoy it very much. I ran an old 1902 Case at our Centennial Parade last summer and sure got a kick out of it.
S. K. STILLINGS Madelia, Minesota
WELL HERE IT IS
Mr. Leo Huston of Watertown, South Dakota, had a proposition in the March-April issue of buying a Railroad Engine. We just had word from Mr. Harold Anderson, Washington, Iowa, that the Midwest Old Settlers & Threshers Association, Inc., have a saddle back locomotive and plan a track, cars and depot. They say that acquiring: the locomotive is the small part of the project. They are financing this undertaking by the sale of stock in the M.O.S. & T. A. Railroad at $10.00 per share.
This is a project we are certainly enthusiastic about. The track will be placed in the McMillan Park, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, where the Annual Reunion is held. Maybe you and I can he the engineer for one trip. I know there will be lots of folks who will gladly buy one or many more shares of stock in this delightful and pleasurable project. Send your contributions to Mr. Harold Anderson, R. D. 5, Washington, Iowa, and you will receive a certificate with a gold border and with your name written on it. It also has a picture of this dream locomotive.
We surely wish this Committee well in this work. Elmer.
FROM PAUL R. WOODRUFF
Mr. Paul R. Woodruff of Ponca City, Oklahoma, among other things, had this to say in a recent letter:
'One of my uncles owned a Stevens Under mount in Illinois when I was a boy. I went with him one season and handled the wind stacker.
'One of my good friends, Mr. H. A. Gustin, passed away in August of this year. He was 74 years old and was well known in this country, having threshed around here since 1902.
'His picture is in the Fall issue of the ALBUM, 1947, along with me and another friend. The picture was taken when I was pulling one of his big N&S separators around with my 36 hp. Case. Mr. Gustin was known as a good thresher man. He had owned a number of machines. One was the largest the N&S built. A 35 hp. Double engine and 44x64 separator. He ran this machine 21 years. Mr. Gustin had been a subscriber to the ALBUM for many years.'
A GAS ENGINE MAN
I have been interested in and have been collecting gas engines of the fly wheel type for about 15 years. I now have 11 fly wheel gas engines from 1 to 6hp.
Last August (1957) I showed some of my flywheel engines at the Miami County Fair and at two Steam Thresher Reunions. I had a couple flywheel gas engines at Homer Holp's Steam Engine and Thresher Show at Brookville, Ohio. I also had three of my engines at the Drake County Threshers Association at Greenville, Ohio.
The flywheel gas engine drew considerable attention at the Shows and some of the fellows said they might bring a flywheel gas engine to, the Show next year.
So far as I know I am the first to show flywheel gas engines at a Threshers Reunion.
I was very sorry to hear of Karl's passing. He wrote me a very nice letter while I was in Korea.
Keep up the good work you are doing with the ALBUM. It is a very good magazine. We have been taking it since 1948 and we would not want to miss a single issue. We also enjoy the steam engine pictures and the news very much.
DONALD E. ROBBING R. D. 1, Troy, Ohio
DURING WORLD WAR I
I like the ALBUM fine for it is as near the old American Thresher man as can be. I was in the threshing game for thirty years and have run several different makes of engines and road rollers. I operated two different makes of rollers in France while in World War I. One was a Weling and Porter, and the other a French make. I have also operated the following engines Rumely, Gaar-Scott, Advance, Frick, Scheidler, McNamar, Port Huron, Huber and Nichols & Shepard.
The first fire I built in a traction engine was in a 10hp. Nichols & Shepard owned by T. W. Broomhall. That is where I started and stayed with it until gas run us out.
I owned three threshing rigs myself. One was a 16hp. Gaar-Scott No. 10248 and a 24x36 Huber thresher. The second was a 16hp. Nichols & Shepard and a 22x36 Red River separator, and the other rig was a Case Model K 15-30 tractor and a Case 22x36 separator. I have owned two different makes of sawmills, No. 2 Scheidler and No. 2 American. The American I ran for 10 years after I quit threshing. I finally sold the mill and quit for good. The last sawing I did was on a No. 2 Frick mill powered by a 20hp. Frick portable. I still like steam for power.
Let me tell you of some of my threshing experiences. We have a lot of hilly country and at times it was hard earned money. We got along OK except for a few minor accidents, like threshing hardware such as open rings, forks, etc. That is about all the trouble we had except going through three bridges. We put the Gaar-Scott through two but did very little damage to the engine. The Nichols & Shepard was the last. It dropped about 8 feet and turned upside down. I got out OK except getting wet. When we got the engine out we found it would take $250.00 to repair it. So I just put the necessary repairs on it to run it home. As the steam rig was going out I thought I would quit the game.
I stayed out for one year and then went back in with the Case and stayed until the combine run us out. I always wanted one more run with steam as that was always the dream of my life.
I am sending you two pictures of the Nichols & Shepard. One the beginning and the other the end of the season, 1924. We were on our way home when the accident occurred.
There is only one of my threshing crew living. He and I get together and talk of the good old days. The others have gone to the Great Beyond.
RAYMOND CLARY R. D. 3, Quaker City, Ohio
WITH A BIG FOUR
I have not done any threshing since 1925 when I threshed with a Big Four. Threshed with steam in 1915 near Minot, North Dakota, with a 30 hp. Gaar Scott.
Ran a 40 hp. Gaar Scott owned by H. H. Menan at Glenbun, North Dakota. It was shipped to Canada about 1915. They set it down to 120 lbs. pressure. You know what it would do as a compound. When the straw was tough it would not have any power to spare. The owner ran it one year and traded it on a Rumely.
I have been to two Western Minnesota Reunions at Rollag. It was better than going to a show.
HENRY GUNDERSON Box 652, Fargo, North Dakota