LETTERS


| November/December 1962



Harvesting

HARVESTING FLAX IN FIVE INCHES OF SNOW, 15 DEG. BELOW ZERO - PHOTO IN WARD CO., N. D., JAN. 10,1913.

C. A. Conklin

In the last issue of Iron-Men Album I noticed Mr. Howard Comp peeking out of his 1916 Advance Rumely bomb shelter. By the looks of the picture I would say it is a 12 or 15 HP. Now Howard, did you back into it or did you turn around inside? I have tried both ways but find it quite inconvenient which ever way I do it, say nothing about doing the work after you are located inside. Now as to safety measures, you are on the right track. The man behind the gun must know his onions if he don't want to go to the moon. I also noticed on the opposite page Mr. Elmer Allshouse's article about building his own boiler and asking the Department of Labor and Industry for specifications on boilers. To date you have not received them and I bet you never will. I think I know why you did not get an answer for your request. But at present I would rather not say. I have also built many boilers in the past but could never get a rating on them. My father was a boiler maker for many years and he taught me the trade, and believe me, without this experience I would never attempt to build one.

Now will someone tell me why the different states will not license a boiler that is made outside of a boiler factory? If a man has the know-how and has a good certified welder to weld the boiler and it is made of open-hearth steel, having tensile strength of at least 55,000 lbs. per square inch and the stay bolts are properly spaced and it will stand the required hydrostatic test, why do they refrain from giving a license. I feel that a boiler like this is much safer than some old kettle that's over 60 years old and is still used at some of our steam shows.

I am a director of the Zumbro Valley Steam Shows, therefore my interest in model boilers. I hope that in the near future a national meeting be held of all steam show fans. It could be held at some place convenient to all. Each unit to send one or two delegates to this meeting and elect officers for a term of two or four years. I bet there would be more threshed out at this meeting than there is grain threshed out in all of our steam shows put together. Well, the steam is going down and so am I. I hope all the steam shows in 1962 have a very prosperous year.

Eisner Machacek 714 Union St. North field, Minnesota

THE GAZETTE

To The Gazette. The accompanying photograph affords an idea of how 200 acres of flax were harvested during December and January with a blanket of five inches of snow on the ground, and the mercury from 15 to 30 degrees below zero.