Hey's Peerless parading in Lawrence, Kansas, Sept., 25th, 1954.
Hey Machinery Company, Baldwin City, Kansas
Enclosed find a check for another years subscription to the ALBUM.
I am also sending a few pictures that you may want to use at some time in your ALBUM. The pictures were taken during a parade on May 11, 1954 at Baldwin, Kansas, which is on the Old Santa Fe Trail, in connection with the Kansas Territorial Centennial Observation.
The engine is the same Peerless you saw here in Baldwin about four years ago. It is a 14-40 mountain engine as you described it. The engine has been restored as nearly as possible to its original condition. About all that is missing is the canvas around the edge of the cab. To enable the engine to operate on the paved streets without removing the lugs, wooden blocks were placed between the cleats and the rubber tread of large airplane tires were wrapped around the wheels. The crowd cheered as the engine puffed along. They were always making motions to blow one of the six whistles which ranged from a small peep to a large railway locomotive whistle.
The next morning after the parade, the Kansas City Times had a picture of it on the front page. The editorial said 'There were cheers for a 45-year old steam tractor shown by the Hey Machinery Co., and manned by the owners, Will Hey and his sons, Bill Hey Jr., and Lester Hey.'
The picture, dated September 25th, was taken during a second parade at Lawrence, Kansas, in connection with the 100-year celebration of the City of Lawrence. The entire parade was several miles long. Again the Old Steam engine caused more excitement than any other item in the parade.
You can have the pictures dated May 11, but I would like to have the others returned sometime as they were taken by other people and given to me.
By the way, the Whiskers in the pictures were the real 'McCoy'.