| July/August 1958

Licking County, S. Louisville, Ohio

Just received ray third copy of IRON-MEN ALBUM to which I subscribed

September 1957 at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Must say I really enjoy your magazine and you may count on my renewal from now on.

Being one of the 'old timers,' I still love the old steamers and threshers, pictures and stories. My experience goes back to 1914 when I helped my father on his outfit consisting of a Nichols & Shepard 16 hp. steamer, 30x50 N & S vibrator separator, hand feed, hand measuring box and a Newark Machine Works independent straw stacker. Both machines with engine made a long array on the road. He also had a Gaar-Scott double sawmill, an Ohio 17x22 baler, and a hand feed Victor clover huller with web chaff piler also made by Newark Ohio Machine Works. I still have this machine which was built in 1892.

Later we owned an 18 hp. Huber 28x48 Western Special thresher with feeder, weigher, and wind stacker and still later I bought a 22-36 IHC tractor, a No. 6 Birdsell Huller, 16' paper ensilage cutter and an Appleton 6 roll shredder.

During these years I was at the throttle of the steamer most of the time, my Dad being along in years elected himself to 'chief water tank engineer' preferring to drive horses instead of the steamer. And I don't wonder as he started as a boy in his father's water driven flour and sawmill, which was a so-called 'up and down mill' in the 80's his first threshing outfit-a horse guided traction engine by C and G Cooper, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and a Cooper thresher.