A. G. Thomas writes.........
Guess you will be surprised to hear from one as far south as this. We love and enjoy our engines, cold or hot. We, as a generation, have been running engines, threshers, sawmill, and cotton gins for 5 generations. My grandfather moved from Illinois in 1870 and settled in Georgia. He began sawing lumber and grinding meal with old water power first. The first steam engine he bought was a portable Wood Tabor & Morse, then 'Old Birdsell', next a 12 HP Russell.
A. G. Thomas, Box 125, Cumming, Georgia
Burton Letter writes.........
In Jan.-Feb. issue of Iron-Men Album Garnet R. Flack, Milton, North Dakota wanted to know when the Rumley Company took over the Advance line.
I have in my possession a Rumley Co. Catalogue dated 1913, featuring the Advance, and the Gaar-Scott and Co. line. It states that in Dec. 1911, the Gaar-Scott and Co., of Richmond, Indiana was taken over by the Rumley Co. Also the same year they acquired the Advance Co., at Battle Creek, Michigan. It also states and I quote
'The future of the Advance Line under Rumley management is bright and full of promise. The plant is working at its fullest capacity. Two big buildings are nearing completion, other extensive improvements have been made, and still others are planned for the future'. I assume they made the Advance for sometime, since no mention of Advance-Rumley appears in the 1913 catalogue two years later.
Burton Letter, Route 1, Six Lakes, Michigan
Ralph Koon writes.........
Here is a picture of a Gaar Scott that I used to own brought back. I have owned ten steam traction engines. A 20 HP Russell, one 8 HP Russell, one 10 x 10 20-60 Case, one 20 HP (old style rating) Wolfe Compound Case, one 25-75 HP Rumley plowing engine with 175 lb. Canadian boiler. Five Gaar Scotts-one 12 HP, one 20 HP Twin, one 22 HP and one 25 HP Twin.
I used the 20 HP Twin Gaar Scott five years in my rock plant. It was replaced with electric motors when crushers and other equipment were added which required more power.
The 25 HP Twin Gaar Scott I used for five seasons pulling rock crushing plants for contractors. I have an A1 recommendation from each of them. I can set any ordinary steam tractor valve in the dark if necessary. During the time I followed engine running I didn't 'lay down the tools' for anyone. You will never find anyone who has 'more real love' for a steam traction engine than I have. Since reading copies of the Album I'm getting 'all fuzzed up' and plan on buying one or two steam tractors I know about, just to look at and have around.
Ralph Koon, Junction City, Oregon
John Jeffery writes........
Here is a picture of our Robert Bell 20-22 HP Traction Engine. These engines were built at Sea forth, Ontario as well as threshing separators, stationary engines and saw milling machinery. This company no longer makes engines, but does make heating boilers. Robert Bell and Port Huron engines were identical in design.
We have just reflued this engine last year and u s e it for power at times. It is in good working order. We carry 125 lbs. steam at blow-off.
I have had several years of engine experience and enjoy working with them, having threshed several seasons with steam.
This engine goes in the parades each year and we hope to be able to attend a reunion here this year. I hope to be able to attend one of your reunions this year in Michigan.
I'm very well acquainted with Mr. Hugh Chesholm of Sarnis, Ontario, who, as I notice has a letter in your paper. Hugh has been at steam work for quite some years and I have a visit from him quite often. I would be please to hear from any of your readers desiring to exchange notes on various steam engines. I have never seen the above make of engine mentioned in the Album. Perhaps it will be of interest to some of the readers.
John Jeffery, Box 58, Goderich, Ontario, Canada