SOOT IN THE FLUES


| January/February 1982



Soot in the flues

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.)