SOOT IN THE FLUES


| January/February 1964



Soot in the flues

Well, here I am trying to write the new 1964 Jan.-Feb. column and I'm in the throes of my very first cold for the fall of 1963 and so bleary-eyed and miserable I'll say 'Scuse be - if it don't soud right - it's de cod.'

And before I forget it, let me wish you and yours all a very wonderful Holiday season, -- we gripe and are mean all year about things (one of our human traits) but basically I think we all have love for our fellowman and want to wish every one well as the New Year appears.

We are here in the Branyan household busy as ever anticipating the coming season, having just gone through the Halloween time and making the costumes (its such an important time for the little ones) and then there was the PTA Play and mother had to really work fast and furious to get things done, for she couldn't and didn't want to say 'No' when asked to take a part in the western play. She portrayed, nonetheless a sort of dance-hall gal something like the gals on 'Gunsmoke' and having no appropriate costume I had to make the whole regalia, dress, hat, purse, and parasol. We had a lot of fun - bet a lot of you good steam friends didn't know I am a 'ham' at heart. You would have been proud of me (or ashamed) for the dress was bright red, trimmed in black and white polka dots and of course the make-up was heavy-I was supposed to be sexy and glamorous- don't know though - I'm a bit overweight and had the feeling maybe I looked more like a fire-engine. And to top it off, one of the nights I had a most embarrassing moment when my black lace stocking slipped the garter and slid down - it was quite an uncomfortable few minutes, but everything turned out all right and we had a great laugh about the whole thing-one of the cast, kiddingly asked, 'What do you do for an encore?' - I don't want you folks to think this was anything riske' or out of order, it was a very clean play and presented for PTA, and we weren't being off color, but the stocking incident really happened. Well enough for the home front, I have more important things for you to peruse.

First of all, many of you people have written about the White's Models and we're happy to tell you they are now available at this address: White's Model Shoppe, Martin Peterson, Successor, 2500 10th St., St. Cloud, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson stopped here recently and are enthused with their new work and I'm sure will be happy to fill your orders. They are lovely folks.

Had a letter from Glen J. Miller, 529 Main St., Ames, Iowa and he writes, 'Just read the November issue and on Page 37 the tractor is the Gas Traction Engine Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have a 1910 sales book on them.'

And from Edwin Bredemeir of Bur chard, Nebraska we hear, 'The tractor pictured on bottom of page 38 in Nov.-Dec. issue is a 20-40 Case of 1915 vintage.'