RECEIVES FIRST COPY


| November/December 1954



Spokane, Washington

I have just received my first copy of the ALBUM and am much pleased with it, and found many articles of interest in the letters of Old Timers and the pictures of those old steam engines. My being used to the big 25, 30, 35 and 40 hp. kind, they looked like midgets compared to the large plow engines.

On some other pages I have written about plowing and threshing in the Northwest and if you like the articles I will send more later on. I am retired on pension and it gives me a chance to relieve the pressure in telling of the old days and I am interested in telling all who would like to know how it was done in the good old steam engine days.

The experience of fires set by the old straw burners, machines being burned over grudges and even one murder being committed with a crew as witnesses, story of two engines that blew up and killed two men have come under my observation. I have had a few mishaps of my own in the threshing business, for instance a 110 hp. Case in a 14 foot irrigation ditch and no damage to anyone or anything. Also bundle team running away with rack wagon and bundles on fire and setting fire to a field of grain as they ran. According to the ALBUM these 1950 guys want to rename everything on the old steamers. Engineers don't call the reverse the throttle or the clutch the controls and the steering wheel is a steering wheel not like Wheel of an automobile. If the steam engine regeneration is here to stay some company should start making the steam engines we had 50 to 60 years ago and we kids had plenty of fun with them. The little upright boilers were about the size of a 1 pound tobacco can and the fuel used was wood alcohol At the age of 10 I had two of them and they were lots of fun. They should create interest of the young people about steam. I'll pull the whistle and close.