POST CARD


| September/October 1966



Steam train

Ray L. McCormick

Courtesy of Ray L. McCormick, 119 North Buhl Farm Drive, Sharon, Penna. (great nephew of J. H. Christopher) This little steam train, standard gauge with cars, operated between Warrensbury, Missouri and Pertle Springs, a distance of two miles, and did a thriving business from the early 1880's until the early twentieth century, when the autos enticed people to seek far away resorts and scenery. This train and the resort, consisting of several man-made lakes, a large hotel of 150 rooms, a large tabernacle for various entertainments, numerous cottages, bowling alleys, tennis courts, boating and swimming, was all conceived an constructed by James H. Christopher, a pioneer in develop that area of Missouri.

During its heyday, this resort attracted visitors from St. Louis, Kansas City and all points in Missouri. The 'Dummy', as the train was known, met all trains of the. Missouri Pacific, which published special rates and tickets included a ride on the 'Dummy Line' to Pertle Springs. On one Fourth of July the 'Dummy Line' shuttled

back and forth from early morn until midnight and carried some eight thousand passengers. In early days this Spring, with mineral waters of high medicinal value, lay in a heavily wooded area and there

were Indian trails leading to it for it had long been a favorite haunt of the Red Men. Written by Kenneth C. Christopher of Senica Falls and St. Petersburg, Florida (a nephew of J.H.C. Any other information and photos on this little steam engine and short line railroad will be appreciated.

Courtesy of Irvin G. Hoffman, R. D. 1, Box 31, Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545 This photo was taken at the 1963 Williams Grove Steam Show on a very hot day. This is Lester Hoffman's Frick from Rheems, Pennsylvania. Harvey Hoffman, Lester's father, is giving Lester a few instructions. Harvey should know; he has been threshing for some 60 or 65 years. He has a 9 x 10 Frick all slicked up and he has a Geiser separator that was his brother Samuel's. This separator is some 80 years old and it runs and looks good. Come and see it. He has an Ann Arbor 18 x 22 boiler. If you want a threshing job done, he can do it. He still threshes almost every year with it on Millard Hoffman's farm at Rheems, Pa. Harvey is 78 years young. Go to see him; he would be glad to see you.

Foreground: Mary Frances Severn daughter of Mr. Severn.