| November/December 1971

R. D. 1, Box 237, Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 15552

The letter by Alva Hulbert, Rt. 3, Sterling, Illinois 61081 entitled 'I Am Concerned' the whole thing is the real truth and I might add I have known quite a few railroad engineers. And our steam engines, so far as I can find, have the credit of having old men up in the 80s and 90s and now the Diesel's have younger men in the graves. What is more sickening than the diesel fuel going up in smoke? Reports I have heard is diesel fumes cause heart attacks. And what about cancer? Who ever suffered from the old steamer? Except a little dirt!

I helped a many a day in the barn threshing grain driven by the old Miller Engine manufactured by 20th Century, Boynton, Pa. The Miller steam engine was invented by a Mennonite minister, Gideon Miller, Springs, Pa. who had one of the best machine shops around. They made gears and repaired about anything a person needed.

Also, they made a sugar water boiling pan with sides. That was a far step over the one section pan. The water circulated out around until finally it was in a smaller pan ready to take out and stand till cold. In this process it settled the fine dirt to the bottom. And later it boiled down to about 11 lbs. per gallon. All water in those days was hauled with horses. When I worked, we used two wagons and each had an 8 bbl. wooden tank and the water had to be hauled rain, sleet or snow.

More about pollution. Who ever heard of the good old fertilizer horse and cattle manure making anyone sick? A little stinknow the big shots want pits covered for manure and only liquid. Why don't they study our earth. She wants humus and this takes straw or even haymakes mulch. When I was young, horses did the work. No hard packed fields. We always waited till the ground was dry enough not to pack. Now the tractors are taken on when the water still runs down the furrows. sowing when you can pack ground into balls.

Not our old farmers!


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