I have three other engines besides this one. My old one is nearly fifty years old and is still the best.
Haston loves to work with tools so it is only fitting he has quite a collection of old tools of all kinds. You can't help but feel his love for his hobby when you are around his shop. He has completed nine engines and is half finished with a Westing-house. He has completed three Reeves, one Russell, two Case, one Woods Bros, and a single cylinder with clay valve gear and one Nichols & Shepard single cyl.
He has some very good equipment in his shop which is well taken care of as well as the shop itself. It is a pleasure to visit and is located at Holden, Missouri, R. R. 1, Box 140 A-64040.
I have been a reader of the magazine for a few years and a retired licensed engineer, marine and stationary and I would like to commend you on a fine piece of work in the publication of the Iron-Men.
I have worked for Westinghouse Elec. Corp. 32 years. During a strike a few years back, I worked at Allen Tool and Gauge Co. on machine tool rebuilding. I saw the smallest steam engine in the world running on air.
Engine specifications are: Length overall - '; Width - 7/16'; Height-7/16'; Length of bed - '; Width of bed 3/16'; Diameter of flywheels -3/8'; Diameter of cylinder bore -.080'; Length of piston stroke - .085'; Valve stroke - .0165'; Total weight -19 grains; Contains 176 parts; Power -Approximately .0002 hp.
On the ad cards the company states: 'We invite you to visit our plant and see the smallest complete horizontal running model steam engine in the world, actually operating. This model was made in 1892 by our president, Mr. Charles H. Allen, Sr. Our modern plant is located in the biggest steel city of the world, which offers many interesting sight seeing spots to the out-of-town visitor.
I put in twenty-eight seasons threshing, fired most of the time a George White 22 hp. I also fired a 22 hp. of the same make. Then I fired a Goodison 28 hp. in a sawmill for five years. I ran all makes of tractors but liked the Cast best.
If anyone would like to see a real big traction engine and separator there is one on the left side as you go West out of Sandusky, Michigan. I never saw one as big as that one. It must be a Western outfit. It was built by Port Huron Engine and Thresher Company. It would never work here as you couldn't get in a gateway with it. I worked in Michigan once and I wish I had stayed there. Maybe I would have missed all the heart aches I had here.