| November/December 1954

Box 32, Ruleton, Kansas

Enclosed is my renewal for another year. I am also sending a few snapshots of at least one more engine that missed the scrap pile.

I am very much an amateur about steam engines as this is the only one I have even had any experience with. Having bought it about a year and a half ago, I certainly am not one of the old threshermen, but the son of one that inherited the steam bug which lay dormant until I attended the second convention in Wichita in 1952. That fanned the spark a flame that wouldn't die.

I heard of this engine and was lucky enough to buy it, hauled it home, cleaned and painted and rebuilt the canopy, platform, water tanks, and tool box just like it was originally. Then later on I managed to copy the Banner Boy from an old catalog and enlarged then to go on the tank and box and painted them in full colors. That was a really tedious job. The engine in my opinion is in excellent mechanical condition throughout and I have been told that by some old threshermen.

I was too young to hardly remember my father's outfit and he has passed on now. So about all I know about steam engines is what I've learned from playing around with this one and listening to the old timers.

I have never pulled anything but a 10 inch burr grinder with it and it sounded mighty sweet. I don't know if I could keep up steam on a separator but I sure have a hankering to try.


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