| January/February 1970

Route 1 Edinburg, Virginia 22824

As I am a regular subscriber of Iron-Men Album, I thought I would try and write a few lines of my experience in the harvest and threshing season of the year of 1916 in and around the little town of Byron, Oklahoma. I experienced in helping shocking the bundle wheat and also helping with the heading machine.

I recall working for a gentleman by the name of Mr. John Jack through the harvest before going into the threshing season. The threshing rig was owned by a gentleman by the name of Mr. John Coffman and I was employed as water baler, better known as 'water monkey' through the entire season. I do not recall the make of the separator as 1916 is quite awhile ago, but the steam engine as I remember was an 'Emmerson Brenningham' 20 Hp.

The Mr. John Jack was a brother-in-law to Mr. John Coffman and formerly the Coffmans known as Mr. Ben Coffman family and were originally from Liberty Furnace, Virginia.

I recall the family of Mr. and Mrs. John Jack as having several sons and one daughter, she being approximately 10 or 12 years old at that time by the name of Beulah, but can't remember any of the boys names. This family was a real happy and affectionate one and the mother was a splendid cook and housekeeper. If any of these folks care to drop me a few lines I would appreciate it.

On the threshing rig, we worked from early morning until sundown and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I must not forget to mention the real cook in our cook car, a Mrs. Jackson who was a kind and affectionate lady.