Hi Dear Friends and here we are almost into the New Year they say Time Flies Time Marches On well, by whatever methods it takes, it surely does go swiftly and I liked this bit by Dr. Michael E. DeBakey: 'For me the solitude of the early morning is the most precious time of the day The early morning hours symbolize for me a rebirth; the anxieties, frustrations and woes of the preceding day seem to have been washed away during the night. God has granted another day of life. He has granted another chance to do something worthwhile for humanity.'
And now onto the communications for the column:
An interested person in steam is JOHN SILVA, S.del Carril, 1880, 3000 Sante Fe, Argentina as he sends us a letter inquiring about some help with his project. John says he is an admirer of the USA steam equipment for thresher engines. He wishes to increase his knowledge about the technology and the history of the early machinery made by Avery & Company, Advance Rumely, Case and Buffalo Pitts. He would be most grateful for information, photos or any reading material that might benefit his study on same.
John is also interested in a personal archive of some documentations about the engines pulled by horses, made by several factories of this country.
John is a retired engineer and instructor of locomotive inspection and locomotive shed master ez., Sante Fe Rys, Argentina. He now teaches gratuitously the students of the locomotive school. Any type of help you may send him will be employed only for study in the school. Many years ago he operated the steam engines and today conserves the spirit of study and teaching the marvelous machinery of an era now closed. I am sure he will be most eager to receive your letters. (This letter of John's was forwarded to us by Pat Kreider, President of Rough & Tumble Eng. Historical Assn. Inc., Box 9, Kinzers, PA 17535. Thanks Patwe appreciate it.)
MURTON W. PENNIE, Villard, Minnesota 56385 would like to get some stories in from our IMA family on one of his favorite items read on, perhaps you can help. 'I am not a subscriber to IMA because a close friend takes the magazine, but I am an 'inquirer.' When I was a young lad, I remember seeing a bean thresher in operation, threshing navy beans. It was a small machine, I suppose it was 4' wide, 6' long and maybe 4' high and powered by a 4 or 5 HP gasoline engine. Now that was 65 years ago and I have never seen a bean thresher since. (Wasn't there anything like this pertaining to steam, fellas?) I go to several thresher shows each year and I run an engine at the show at Dalton, Minnesota, but no bean threshers. So, I thought perhaps the IMA with its coverage might know where they used to be made or might be available. I suppose combines take care of the bean crops nowadays. One of those old small machines would be an attraction this day and age. I would like to hear from anyone that might know something about the old bean threshers.' (Thanks for writing Murton. If you can help him, please let him hear from you. I can't remember too much about this item, but it does seem to me we have had pictures or something on this subject. Let me know if you have any information on this area IMA family.)
The following letter comes from BOB SNOW, SR., Route 1, Palmyra, Missouri 63461. He says he saw a picture in the Nov.-Dec. issue of a steam engine. He does not identify the page. I think he must mean from page 22 or 23 with the unclassified photos. I'll give you the contents of the letter and I'm sure it will make sense to you. Some of the writing is not too clear but bear with me and I think you will find it worthwhile.
Bob writes: 'This is a 35 HP Advance straw burner. It is a tandem compound. Cylinder 9' the low pressure cylinder 13' dia. have a 13' stroke. The boiler shell 33' dia. Firebox 54', flues No. 38, dia. 2'. The drive wheels are 72' high, 30' face. Normal speed of engine is 220 rpm. This is a rear-mounted engine.
I have a 25 HP Advance with a 10' x 12' cylinder. Canadian boiler, butt strap with six rows. Same engine the Advance put on their 30 HP simple engines which were the largest single cylinders they made.'
W. E. (BILL) NEAL, SR., 613 8th Avenue, Charles City, Iowa 50616 has some thoughts to share with us: 'I enjoy your column very much. I'd like to report that the Cedar Valley Engine Club of Charles City, Iowa had a very good show this year. We had the largest crowd that we have ever had. The weather was good, had a little rain early Monday and it was a little sloppy for a short while. That is where the old 18-36 Hart Parr, on steel wheels showed up the newer tractors that were on rubber tires. I used it to park the grain wagons to haul the loads of oats bundles up to the threshing machine. Then we had to hook on to the steam engine and help us into the belt. This helped to put on a good show for everyone.
We had several new exhibitions this year with gas engines and tractors. We had a lot of new people at the show that had never been to one before. They all said they wished that they had known it was this much fun they would have been there before and assured us they would be back next year. That's what keeps the shows going.
The Friday after our show, we took a trip to Mission to visit relatives. It had been four years since we had been down to see them. They live at Crocker, Missouri. Then we went on down to the School of the Ozarks as we had not been there for several years. The students work for the school for their board and tuition. Only persons who could not afford to go to another college are admitted. All this is made possible by gifts and contributions of many who are willing to help worthy young persons obtain a Christian education.
They have a real good museum there and anyone traveling in Missouri should spend some time there. It is called The Ralph Foster Museum, known as the Smithsonian of the Ozarks. It is an educational, scientific, and historical institution devoted to the broad spectrum of the history of Man in the Ozarks region. Housing a collection of over 750,000 objects representing archaeology, history, firearms, antiques, numismatics, natural history, fine art, geology and mineralogy, the museum serves as an educational adjunct to The School of the Ozarks. (I am sure they will be mentioned in our 1983 Directory, and thank you Bill for introducing us to the mentioned museum and history.)
A letter comes from WYON ARENDSEN, 3278 N. Minneapolis Road, Route 1, Hesperia, Minnesota 49421: 'I bought some books on steam at a flea market and in the box was two years of Iron-Men Albums. Also in one of the issues was a notice to renew subscription. I almost filled it out as it was $2.00 (chuckle) I knew that had to be wrong. I enjoy the Iron-Men Album and Gas Engine Magazines very much. Also in the box were these three letters and I thought you and readers might be interested in them. (Perhaps! anyhow, we'll give it a try thanks Wyon.)
(I think Wyon wants you to read the material in regards to the prices.) I am not using any names, and deleting some parts. 1st letter: With regard to our conversation re the Wheelock engine, we have discussed this matter and would dispose of engine, drive belt and tightener pulley and frame and would also give you the 1' injector and the 2' safety valve off of the valve for the sum of $275.00. The belt alone is worth more than $50.00. If you are interested at this figure, please let us know and we can start to get it ready to take it out. (This was from Ontario, Canada.) 2nd letter, Nov. 6, 1958: 'I am writing to inform you that we will buy your steam engine and equipment described in your letter. Enclosed is our deposit of $100.00. The final payment will be made at your mill in cash or by certified check. As to shipment dates, next spring would be the best time, but if you would be in a hurry, we could have our truck there Nov. 29. Please advise to which of the dates suits you best. (This letter was from Liberty Boro., Pennsylvania.)
3rd letter Nov. 14: 'Your letter received and we thank you for the cheque which was quite satisfactory. You- stated that the final payment would be paid at the time of delivery. The balance of $175.00 plus exchange. Let us hear from you sometime before you are ready to come up in the Spring, etc. (Hope you enjoyed this letter although it is not an antique, there certainly have been a lot of changes in 23 years, wouldn't you agree?)
Some help in trying to identify the unclassified photos in Nov.-Dec. 1981 issue comes from WALT THAYER, Wenatchee, Washington 98801: '# 1 looks like a Big Minnie or under mounted Avery. Might even be a Nichols & Shepard. (I am not an engine expert anyone out there have the right answer and verification?) #2resembles the rear of #1, but it isn't could be a Russell or Aultman Taylor. #3looks very much like a Case or a Minnienice, clean lines. #4We need more rigs like that today. Not much exhaust to bother you and the waste fuel was good to recycle and raise good crops. Motive power looks like a light Percherona very nice rig. #5 might be part of an old hay baler. #6a real old horse drawn outfit. Early oil fields used a lot of boilers like that up into the 30s or later. It's a wood burner and possibly an old Case or Russell. #7looks like an old feed mill chopper or farming mill. The wooden pulley says it's a real old timer and not to be found at rummage sales.'
A newcomer writes a note and needs your assistance. JAMES R. HOLDER, Route 1, Box 447 A, Monroe, Georgia 30655 says: 'I am new to this interesting world of steam and am trying to put together a Birds all portable engine I recently acquired through trading. Any information from your readers will be greatly appreciated. Would especially like pictures.
I enjoy the IMA very much and also your column. Thank you so much for the cheerful tone of your column and God bless you.' (Thanks so much Jim your remarks greatly appreciated and you'll probably hear from our family of readers.)
A note from JOHN BERGREEN, 4564 E. San Gabriel Avenue, Fresno, California 93726 tells us: 'On page 16 of the Nov.-Dec. issue there is a photo of a Reeves engine showing the flywheel on the left side. This of course never existed. The only way this could have happened is a printed photo was used from the wrong side. (Thank you and we apologize somewhere in our line of processing the magazine this was an error we are human and sometimes errors are made we appreciate constructive criticism and do our best to correct our mistakes.)
Our Reeves of this model 32-110 was cut down for scrap at Osage, Saskatchewan, a short time before my brothers and myself had planned to ship it to Vancouver, Washington where I was a John Deere dealer. A good Reeves now has a price tag of at least $50,000.'
P.C. WILLIS, R.D. 3, Louisville, Ohio 44641 is seeking an answer as he writes: 'Who in the vast area could help me solve the problem of the dog clutch on a Daniel Boone Frick 1884? I would also like a picture of a like engine so I can restore one. Thank you.' (Don't let him down fellas.)
I had an interesting letter from A. L. RENNEWANZ, Box 1852, Kodiac, Alaska 99615. I thought they were visiting Alaska but his letter proved otherwise. He and his wife have moved there, claiming it to be the most beautiful area they have ever lived in Al was very much involved in the Central North Dakota Steam Thresher's Association in New Rockford. He says he hated to leave the steam reunions behind as there isn't a Case engine or an Oil Pull tractor to be found in Alaska. Enclosed is a picture of Al's 1/4 scale threshing rig he built some years ago. He had a lot of fun with this rig but sold it before they moved up north. I am sure many of you are familiar with the name of Al Rennewanz as he contributed material to our magazine in previous years. We wish them many happy years in their new home.
BRUCE ATKINSON, P.O. Box 65, Monrovia, Indiana 46157 sends us a bit of humor as he puts it for the column: 'I was at the Indiana State Fair at the Pioneer Farm Exhibit and it was early in the morning before the crowd was there. The Keck-Gonnerman had a good fire in it and there was a lady and three kids looking at it. One of the little boys started to walk over the Keck when his mother shouted at him, 'Don't go close to that thing, it's on!' (I am sure that will give many an engineer a chuckle.)
A note comes from CARL M. LATHROP, 108 Garfield Avenue, Madison, New Jersey 07940: 'Whenever IMA or GEM runs out of my stories I look forward to hearing from readers. These range from comments to questions. But, in each case, I try to answer the letters. And, in each case so far, everything has been constructive. That tells you something about your readers mighty nice people!' (We think so too Carl.)
I leave you with a writing entitled FOR A CONTENTED LIFE Health enough to make work a pleasure Wealth enough to support our needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and over come them Grace enough to confess our sins and forsake them Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others Faith enough to make real the things of God Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future. (Some good food for thought don't you think?) Perhaps we could work toward this in the New Year!)
Also some thoughts You cannot lift your children to a higher level than that on which you live yourself He who knows much knows how to hold his tongue. Believe there is nothing too small to do well. Bye Love ya!