My Mommy said I wuz to rite you good Poeple and wish you all a Happy Chrismas Season - so here I am looking at you and say in' MERRY CHRISTMAS!
When Mommy had my picture talked, the man wuz go in to take off that hair stikin up on my hed, but Mommy sed not to, cause that's the way it always is -and that's how I really look so to let it that way-and she is rite, cept I do get it cut shorter than this sometimes. This pitcher was took last May and I was over 31/2 years old, but now I'm mutch bigger cause I was 4 on Sep---cain't spell it, wait til I ask Mom- Oh-o.k. - she sez to spel it September 11.
I want you to know I relize a good bit bout this here magazine cause I help Mommy when she works typin and stuf when she drops yur pitchers or letters on the flor - I pik them up! And then too, she shows me all the good ones I lik - lik the ones with horses and one was a dere with a man feeding it - and the stem engines I sorta lik the steam engines but I was out at Elmer's Korn Krim one tim and he left me up on his engine but then he started it and it scard me cause I thot I did something wrong, but my Mom sez not to be scard that he jus has it that yu can turn on a switch and it makes it go -it doesn't go anywhere, but I didn't kno that. Well, lik I sed I help Mommy my Daddy lots - I lik to wurk and I lik to talk, but I don't understand why sometimes my Mom or Dad givs such big sighs-I guess they just get tired quick-don't you
Well, I think that's enuf from me-so yu all have a Happy Season and a good next yer-and I hope Sana Claus brings something fur all of yu.
And I hope you folks, like us are looking forward to a lovely Christmas Season - I wish all the boys could be home from overseas with their families and maybe God willing this will happen before too long. I don't know, when you start looking around there seems to be so many problems for us to get busy and solve, I surely hope we remember more to call on God to help us - that's the answer you know but too many of us don't go to him enough or try to get our neighbor to seek his help too. We think we can do it all ourselves -and what a mes we've made.
We are very happy that our daughter Dana and hubby, Bob are coming home from Virginia the end of this month-he is to be let out of the Naval Reserves earlier than expected because of the economy cutback, and as far as we know they will be staying with us for a little while until they can get settled again up here.
Also, I must tell you friends we are going to be grandparents twice again this winter as Eddie and Kathi are expecting their second child the beginning of March and Dana and Bob are expecting their first little one around the middle of April - so I'm excited as there is so much to look forward to - and I'm also hoping to see my brother this Christmas and it's been seven years since I've seen him - so you all have a Blessed Happy Season like I'm hoping to with all my loved ones.
Mr. D. Walke of Elkader, Iowa would like some ideas for building boilers, engines and etc.-Perhaps some of you fellows who have done this would like to drop him a line. I'm sure he'd be glad to hear from you.
And another inquiry--Milo M. Schnoor of R.R.I, Box 87, Vinton, Iowa 52349 asks 'Do you have information on the sash saw or the Muley Saw Mill or both or do you know where I can get the information for these sawmills? I would like to make a working model of one or both of them or buy an old one that I could remodel. 'Help again fellows, I can't help him, so I'm counting on you.
John A. Hinkle of East Berlin, Route 2, Penna. 17316 writes us: 'One of your readers wants to know the name of the Traction engine on Page 14 of IMA Sept. Oct. The engine is a Robert Bell os Canada, 30 hp. rear mounted.' Now there is some help to you friends who wrote in asking about it.
And another letter along the same line from Mrs. Lyle Taskerud of Frederick, South Dakota 57441. She writes: 'We have learned that the steam engine picture in the Sept-Oct. issue on page 14 is a Robert Bell. I got the information from the daughter of the man who owned the outfit. The man's name was Ole Sanderson of Vontage. The man on the plow is my father, Edw. Olson, who is now 92 years of age and is in a nursing home..' Well, thanks to both these people for writing in - uh-oh and here's a third letter!
R.F. Somerville, 12498 14th Ave. N. Haney, British Columbia, Canada states: 'On page 14 of Sept-Oct. 1968 of IMA there is a very good picture of steam engine plowing. It is sent in by Mr. Pfutzenreuter of South Dakota. He asks what make is it and other readers may be interested. It is a 30 hp. Robert Bell plowing engine and has a butt and double strap boiler, caries 145 psi. The cylinder is 11 inch bore and 11 inch stroke. The reverse valve gear is single eccentric The water tank and coal hopper carry enough fuel and water for several hours work. There is also an independent I beam frame from the rear axle to the front. This takes the strain off the boiler. The engine is rear mounted. The tank on the side of the firebox is not standard equipment. The Robert Bell and Thresher Company of Seaforth, Ontario, Canada built this engine from 1905-1920.' Well, one on thing they all agree - it is a Robert Bell engine - and we came up with a good bit of information with these three letters, I think. I'm sure you interested folks are happy these fellow steam enthusiasts wrote.
Well, that is really all for this time -God bless each and every one of you and do hope you have a prosperous, satisfying New Year.