Rt. 1 Elrnwood, Wisconsin 54740
As I look and enjoy this beautiful Indian Summer day October 12th, Columbus Day, I just can't refrain from wanting to share its beauty with others who do not live where this exists.
I have never seen the trees more beautiful. The maples bright red, the oak almost a purple, the elm and others a bright yellow and some yet green that have not faded. Our hill sides are simply aflame with color and against the blue sky make a picture almost out of this world.
Not only does our woods show beauty, but our fields and gardens. We live on a bridge between the Eau Galle River and Plum Creek and as yet have had no killing frost. The fall flowers are just gorgeous, the hay fields and pastures green and the fading corn fields with long ripe ears hanging not only look beautiful but rewarding to the farmer for his years work.
Why should we not sing, 'This is My Fathers World' or 'America the Beautiful,' and thank God for His blessing.
Saturday October 10th, my good friend Lawrence Mikelson of Codott, Wisconsin, picked me up and took me to Joe Rynda's 'Steam Engine Joe' steam threshing bee, along with his father and Leo Weilner. It was a beautiful trip and a real warm day.
As we arrived long before it started, we drove on to Le Center to visit the Zieganhagens, who have a collection of engines and antique machinery worth going miles to see. Bill had two of his engines steamed, a returned flue Lidey 12-36 and a 20 Nichols Shepard double He gave us a demonstration of both. Here we also saw modem farming in operation as their renters were combining a fine crop of soy beans.
Here I met our good friend Ray Ernst of Weyland, Iowa who is also interested in steam engines. After having a drink of cold water from the old hand pump we sat down on an antique to rest our aging bones and had a visit while the younger ones of the party took in more of the sights.
Seeing the engines and activities of the shows is only half of the fun. Meeting old friends always warms our hearts. Many of the shows call them 'reunions' and they truly are.
After the threshing bee we drove to Montgomery to take another look at Joe's huge collection of old steamers. It was now beginning to get late and time to get traveling home. It was dark when we arrived home and Mar-lys (my daughter-in-law) had coffee and all kinds of goodies for us to eat.
With 60 or 70 miles that Lawrence had yet to go, we said good-bye till the next time.
Perhaps I had better send a picture of our double-cylinder Rumley, doing its stuff there at home. The picture was taken in the fall of 1960 here at home. We were filling silo and had the steamer on the blower.
Gilmar and Alice Johnson of Frederic came down bringing their company Harold Anderson (Jobe) with them. Gilmar lent a hand with the tractors and unloading and Jobe being interested in the Rumely took over the engine. He got a big kick out of it as that was the first time he had ever fired with wood.
Jobe and I are the ones in the picture. Jobe on the right. That was the last time I saw him as he died before the Mt Pleasant Reunion the next year.