| January/February 1977

  • Soot in the Flues

  • John W. Hedge

  • Soot in the Flues
  • John W. Hedge

Greetings in the Name of our Precious Lord! And as this is the first magazine of 1977 I certainly wish you well and God's Blessing upon each and every one of you. I'm praising the Lord for his mercy, peace, joy and I'm leaning on His everlasting arms throughout our recent problems. My husband, Ed, is in the hospital he has been having a lot of trouble with his back and has gone through agonizing pain which,, of course, does not help his morale. He is in traction and at present we do not know the outcome of the situation.

I do know this, it surely makes it rough when your loved ones are suffering and are not able to be home and function properly. I know and appreciated all the things he did when he was at home he took care of so many of the little jobs around the house, and try as I may, they seem to be piling up. Just remember us in your prayers and we will be grateful. I love you all and now must get on to the letters

HARRY E. YOUNG, II, 485 South Hillside Drive, Canfield, Ohio 44406 writes us: 'I would like to know from the readers of Soot in the Flues, what was the largest and most powerful stationary steam engine that was ever built? I know of an engine built by Mesta Machine Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which is rated at 35,000 horsepower. It is a twin tandem compound reversing engine used to drive a rolling mill at Republic Steel Company in Cleveland, Ohio. This engine is 46' & 76' bore and a 60' stroke. In 1916 this engine was installed and is still giving good service today. Does anyone know of any larger engine?'

(Please write Harry and let him know if you do, I think that is the largest I've ever heard of).

EVERETT BRADISH, 1695 West Horton Road, Route 1, Jasper, Michigan 49248 says: 'In our November-December ALBUM a Mr. Frankie Van Dusen of R. R. 1, Dawn, Missouri has asked about a heat resistant paint. Now, he should find the paint not too far away from him. The Rust-Oleum Corporation of Evanston, Illinois 60204 has a heat resistant paint in the 4100-4200 and 4300 series and he should have a hardware store close by that carries this paint or that can get it for him.' (Thanks Everett, I'm sure Frankie will appreciate your answer).

Have a new listing for the directory which will be SKINNER FARM MUSEUM sent into us by NORMAN SKINNER, JR., Route 1, Perrysville, Indiana 47974. Norman says he has collected 35 antique tractors and 18 gas engines, 2 small steam engines, moved 4 log buildings and restored them plus a 3-room frame house, plus some rare horsedrawn vehicles, plus 5 antique cars and 4 trucks and other miscellaneous items. He has done this all in his spare time as he farms and also has a weekly job in town. Norman is 33 years old. (Good luck with your Museum. I expect we'll be hearing more from you in the future).


Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

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