POST CARDS


| March/April 1968



Crowd drawer

In 1900 Ed Mabry and his wife, Lizzie, came to the Virginia mountains. They bought a farm with money he saved while working in the coal mines of West Virginia.

Uncle Ed, as he was called, never intended to follow the plow as he was mechanically bent. In 1902 he started building his mill. By 1908, he was grinding corn and buckwheat and also had a blacksmith shop. He soon had the reputation of being a man who could repair anything. Then he added a saw mill.

In those days the farmer boy would come to the mill riding the Old Mare with a bag of corn or buckwheat across her back. Uncle Ed would stand by the grinding stones and the boy would pour the grist. After Uncle Ed took his toll fo 10% the boy would put his sack of meal across the mare's back and start the long journey home. If he wasn't lucky enough to reach home before dark, for sometimes he came as far as 20 miles, he might hear the howl of wolves and the wild cats snarling. Such was mountain life. Uncle Ed went to his glory in 1938.

This mill pictured was built by myself the winter of 1965 and I had it at the N.Y.S. Pageant of Steam in 66. It was a crowd drawer. This is the same kind of mill as mentioned in the above story.

The tour boat stop is just to the right in the background and is really a busy place. The native tour guide told us about the boiler and ship after we had left and he turned around and we traveled several miles to get this picture. The natives stole everything off of the boat until it is down to the water's edge. Some Tie Government ships still use steam and one blew his whistle for us on the tour sight seeing boat after we pulled the cord like we used to get R. R. men to do in this country.

(Lois writes us that she had left her camera at the hotel and to get this picture from a friend in California. He had been taking colored slides and she had to go to some doings to get this picture made in black and white to the tune of $1.50 for this one picture. She was so determined to get it for the Iron-Men Album and that is the only reason the guide made a return trip to that spot so the man could take the picture and then he later sent it to her as a colored slide.) We appreciate all you wonderful folks who go out of your way to do things like this for our magazine and spend not only your time but your money also to make the Album a better one all the time. - Anna Mae

I spent most of my spare time working on it the past two years and I must say it was very fascinating. I had the pleasure of meeting lots of old steam engine fans and friends.