| May/June 1958

Reading from left to right: Orwin C. Burmeister, Sec., Kewaunee, Wis.; Leo Durst, Pres.; Orval Becker, Director; and James Robas, Treas.; all of Algona, Wisconsin

Here is a snapshot of my daughter Roberta, age 19, who is preparing my 20 hp. Minneapolis for a trip around the parade ground. Seeing her operate this engine and the thrill she gets from it reminds me and carries me back in thoughts of my first experiences of operating an engine. Roberta's interest in engines sure has been a big help to me in preparing engines and equipment for scheduled showings and in building a family hobby. She enjoys the way steam engines respond to her touch. This Minneapolis was shipped new to Jasper Rice, about 1922 at Jasper, Missouri, and was used for threshing in that community for about 15 years, being well cared for and fairly well preserved. I obtained it in 1955, making her first showing in operation, July, 1956, with only a few more repairs to be made she is in excellent condition and has won the admiration of the entire family even though none of us were Minneapolis admirers before she came into our collection. In other words steam engines can win their home with any one who will try to understand them.

BY W. LEROY GLESSNER Mechanicsburg, Pa.