SOOT IN THE FLUES


| January/February 1968



Soot in the flues

One thing I'll never get used to here it is time for the January-February issue to be put out and as I look around I can see the silly grin on the one pumpkin face we hollowed out and the scary look of the other and across the way I can smelf the leaves burning because some industrious neighbor is out putting their yard in order oh well, I always figure those leaves are good fertilizer if left on the lawn least that's one way of looking at it if you don't get them raked. Seems I get less done the older I get have been keeping the doctors in business though lately what with one thing and another spent a week again in the hospital in September and Earlene was in two weeks so you see the jinx hasn't left the Album staff as yet. Things are looking up though and we have many blessings to count, all of us here at the IMA staff as the Thanksgiving Season approaches and then goes gloriously into the Christmas Season and like I said this being the Jan-Feb. issue, I guess I better wish you all a Happy New Year and may you attend more Reunions than ever.

Charles R. Hope, Jr. of Arlington, Virginia has sent a few pictures in this time in the hopes we would put them in for the Eastern Shore Threshermen and Collectors Assn., Inc. Says Charles, 'We were down Oct. 1 to their picnic and had a wonderful time. They are a fine bunch of people down there and are working very hard developing a wonderful show.' Well, if it has been of any help to get them started publicity wise the pictures are in and we wish them a lot of luck.

Have a letter from last July 10 but still aim to print it from Nelson Howard, New Castle, Indiana who states: 'We attended Mr. W. A. Meister's threshing bee yesterday. He had a large crowd and a good time was enjoyed by all present. Dr. Holmes was there with his Case engine, which I formerly owned. It was dolled up very much and I think perhaps a woman's touch was revealed in the paint job. I am referring to his wife, Ruby. We had a wonderful time and I enjoyed the T. V. program that he had put on Harry Martin's.

The Pioneer Engineer's Club was formed Sept. 19, 1946, I think. I was elected the first president and my Case traction engine was there in 1947. So Mr. Meister had several firsts at his threshing bee yesterday. Even the children had a big romp in the new straw pile, but I pity them when the itching started. I think the Iron Men Album is a wonderful magazine and we wish them every success. I have every copy of it since it started, Volume 1, No. 1 Winter 1946 issue. It was then called the Farm Album.' Just a nice letter left over from the summer, but then it will bring you that much closer to the summer of 1968-right?

Another letter had come earlier from Miles Lusk, R.R. 2, Knox, Pennsylvania 16232 and he brought up this subject: 'Looking over the list of Meets, I see many of them are on the same dates. Why can't the officers get together and plan dates that no other club has and fix a date year after year that no other club has and always use the same weekend. The dates may be best for some member of the club, but so many of us travel up to 500 miles to Meets they are missing a lot of cash and displays by having dates when we are at other Meets. Some of my friends from here in Penna. go clear out to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and just now a friend of mine from California is at a Meet in South Carolina. We travel!

A good way not to miss these Meets is to take a large bank calendar and mark the Meets on the calendar days as you find out the dates. Then a short reminder on the Meets help you plan in advance as Sasconburg Fire Dept.-Always the 3rd week in July Stoneboro Fair, always on Labor Day and etc. Now that many mill workers have to plan their pick of vacation weeks in January or February, a set time for all Meets would help.' Well, I suppose Miles has something there, but I guess it's like everything else, no matter when the date is set, it is not possible to please everyone and I guess they really do try to get it at a time convenient for the majority.