3254 Kansas St. Oakland, California 94602
I haven't done much with steam engines lately. The Best #185 steam engine is down for tubes and looks like it will be down for a while. Because of the drought I haven't done much heading haying of hay baling. Last year the grain had matured and fell down by the time the shows were set for June 13. Bound and did some threshing.
The University of California-Davis Antique Club put on a good show with J. I. Case equipment, though someone stole our tongues for the horse binders after the show. In August I went to the Irricana, Alberta, Canada three-day show. Very good show. I learned a lot and picked up binder canvasses and parts. Murray Olsen gave me enough canvass for four binders, so I gave Pioneer Acres two brand new J. I. Case canvasses or drapers for their 16 ft. Case combine for the J. I. Case Show in 1994.
Then I headed on down to the National Show at Yakima, Washington, for four days. That was good, especially watching an old pro like Paul Hahn on his J. I. Case steamer belted up, starting a big one cylinder gas engine. Good to see there are still men around who can handle a steamer for what it was made for. I also took in the Barnes Show in Belgrade, Montana, in 1991. It was worth driving 1,000 miles to watch Austin Monk handle the 40-120 Peerless. A lot of top engineers and action at that show. It's the kind of show I like, where you see equipment doing what it was made to do, not just sitting around shined up better than the day it left the dealer's.
If you check back to the November/December 1985 issue of Iron Men Album, you'll find a railcar of steam equipment being delivered to Ken McCrary of Davenport, California. Here are a couple of pictures taken in 1990 of Ken doing some practical work and having a play day with the Bucyrus Erie steam shovel, digging a road up the hillside and leveling up the land around his machinery barn. He was doing a first class operating job, and he has more equipment now than engineers or crew to run it. He does have two young engineers coming on.
I also miss the late Arlo Jurney's pictures and stories, so I'm sending a picture I took of Arlo in 1977 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.