Now We Have Four Generations of Steam Fans


| May/June 1999



Gaar Scott 25 HP

1531 James Street, Apt. 217 Prescott, Wisconsin 54021

In your January/February 1986 issue, there was an article called 'Three Generations of Steam Men.' This is my family. We have received your magazine for many years and have enjoyed it very much.

Rumely 30 HP plowing at Little Log House Antique Show, Curt Leighty, Curtis Leighty, and Owen Zimmer running the engine.

Gaar Scott 25 HP double cylinder getting ready to plow at the Historical Society at Rochester, Minnesota. George Ohlman and Don Fern standing on the plow platform waiting for the steam engineers to make some adjustments.

We now have another generation in the picture that is interested in steam. She is our great-granddaughter Crissy, who is nine years old. She helps her dad with a scale Model Rumely that we have. She understands the safety rules of operating a steam engine. She has been with her dad on the steam engines since she was able to walk. She is learning a great deal about steam and is enjoying it! She is planning to get her engineer's license some day. We are so proud to have four generations interested in steam!

This past summer we were invited to the Rumely Reunion in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The four generations took our 30 horse Rumely and our scale model Rumely to the show. The 30 horse Rumely is the only one that we know of that is still in working condition. My great-granddaughter helped with the scale model. She listened very carefully to what her dad was explaining about running the steam engine.