1961 West Side Drive Rochester 24, New York
(This very interesting article was unintentionally misplaced. We surely apologize for such carelessness, however, the article is a good one even though it is a year late! Elmer)
We thought the readers of the Album might like to hear from a group in the Empire State. In our state the use of steam engines was so diversified that the concentration in engines per square mile was unusually high. Almost countless rigs were employed in custom threshing, ensilage cutting and wood buzzing. Our land is generally not sufficiently flat for steam plowing so the plowing was done with horses and the acreage per farmer was small. Many steam engines were used in factories, power plants and in sawmills. Many more were used in grading for canals and roads and in building construction. Still more were hauling trains while others were powering automobiles and boats. Others were used in the cider and the maple syrup industries.
In our vicinity the three men who seem to be 'breaking trail' for the steam fans are Messrs. Robert Marshall of East Bloomfield, Homer Prudom of Fairport and Wally E. Wood of Rochester. Bob is our No. 1 collector. In his collection are ten steam traction engines, gasoline engines, steam automobile engines and numerous steam models. The collection may be seen at Bob's Garage on Route 20 near East Bloomfield. Homer is our 'voice of experience' He operated threshing machinery for many years and A. C. (after combines) operated a steam crane in a rail yard. It was he of the Homer and Wally team who fired the 7 x 10 double Prick belonging to Mr. James Conrad of Waterloo, Indiana, to claim the record (82 hp) in driving the Baker fan at the '59 reunion at Montpelier. Incidentally, Homer and Wally fired up over thirty times this last season. Wally may best be remembered as the amiable
displayer of the many models, both steam engines and steam driven equipment such as a miniature saw mill, etc. Various groupings of these three plus the writer wish to say 'thank you for the privilege and fun of operating your engine' to:
Mr. Conrad (before mentioned)
Mr. Lester Norris of Marcellus, N.Y. for his Lang & Button and for his two Case engines.
Mr. Ray Alexander of Penn Yan, N.Y. for his Prick (it's a Frick without a click - how's that?)
Mr. Gene Hake of Akron, N.Y. for his Buffalo-Pitts Roller and his Peerless stationary.
Mr. Sam Harrington of Akron, N.Y. for his small steam train in Boulder Park at Indian Palls, N.Y. Mr.
Donald Field of LaFayette, N.Y. for his Stevens at the State Pair at Syracuse, N.Y.
Mr. Ed Faulkner of Honeoye Falls, N.Y. for his Frick at his threshing bee.
Mr. Robert Marshall for the 40 Case, the 80 Case and the 14 Buffalo-Pitts from his collection used for impromptu reunions, various local fairs and at the State Fair.
For a wintertime project the four of us are currently reflueing and renovating Bob's 1922 Baker Special, a 23-90 job.
Incidentally there was much interest in the engines and antique machinery at the State Pair. We hope to be there again and to see more of you next season so stop and see us!