SOOT IN FLUES


| May/June 1968



Soot In The Flues

Here it is May-June issue and I know what that means already many of the engines have been fired up and also the enthusiasm of the fireman. Preliminary meetings before the big shows keep those Iron-Men interested and busy as spring will fuse into summer and the steam enthusiasts will be in their glory as they eke out show after show and old friends and new.

Have some letters of interest so will get into them right away - one from H. E. Clark, 2317 Upland Drive, Concord, California 94520 writes:

I get a lot of pleasure out of going over the past issues and I have just about memorized them.

In answer to Anna Mae in Soot in the Flues in the July-August 1967 issue about railfence posts being burned, there was a lot of rail fence being replaced with woven wire fence at that time. As I remember the Page Woven Wire Fence was supposed to be Horse high, Bull strong and Pig tight, so the old rail fence was cut up for fire wood in the kitchen range except some was left full length for the threshers and we had to cut it up ourselves. One spring I ran a 16 H.P. Port Huron Engine with a buzz saw attached to the front end of the boiler and we cut rails as well as other wood. In the March-April issue of this year Mrs. Baber told how to make Corn Cob Jelly, when I was a boy my cousin took a course in cooking at Michigan State College and she came home and made syrup out of Corn Cobs it had a Maple flavor and was good on hot cakes. She is 92 years old now and lives in Lansing, Michigan and I have written and asked her if she remembers how to make it and if she will send me the recipe. Best wishes for I.M.A. for 1968.'

That's a new one to me, for I've never heard of Corn Cob Jelly, just like I didn't think they burned the rail fence posts, course then I didn't hear of steam traction engines until I knew Elmer and became an Iron-Men Album family member. (Shows how young I am - ha ha).

An inspiring letter from Gregory Hoesli, 752 McCollum, 1800 Ergel Road, Lawrence, Kansas goes like this: 'In an age when a premium is placed on progress which doesn't seem to be in itself good, it is a relief to read your magazine which looks backward to see where our heritage is. I am twenty years old and am studying to be a traction engine engineer, probably one of the youngest.