Letters


| September/October 1957



11-YEAR-OLD OPERATOR-

My grandfather owns a 28hp. Minneapolis steam engine and although I am only 11-years-old I operate it and help repair it. Last summer we took it out to a farmers place and threshed with it for a couple days and had lots of fun. People came from 75 miles around to see us. My grandfather lives in Harris, Iowa, and last fall we took the engine to the County Fair and ran into a little trouble. Seems as how we hired a lowboy to carry it over and the planks he had for loading and unloading were not good, but we had our necks bowed and tried to get it on anyhow, which we shouldn't have done. Grandfather got it half way up and the planks broke. The engine fell off the side of the truck. When the dust cleared two wheels were on the truck and two were on the ground so we got a man with some jacks and finally got it loaded. My grandfather is Bill Albert.

PENN BLAIR, Topeka, Kansas

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Written by John Kelly, 535 SE 14th Street  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

I am sitting here and dreaming Of the days of long ago how we loved those grand old  steamers as we drove them to and from.

How we had to watch the water and the lubricator too and we had to blow the whistle to call the threshing crew.

We would watch the feeder rolling listen to the engine bark and we worked from early morning often times till after dark.