SOOT IN THE FLUES


| July/August 1960



Soot in the Flues

I'm not going to chat much this time as you will see there are so many important dates to get in of the Reunions and other data (anyhow, I'm a mite busy and excited as the house is buzzing with first's around here. Donald who will be six in June had his first experience today with school as we went for the pre-school test, which of course was preceded by two trips to the doctor's for first vaccination also took Keli, aged 3, along and got her one too (she always wants what Donnie gets). Then coming up tomorrow night is the BIG night for No. 1 Son (nearly seventeen and going to his first big Junior-Senior Prom and Banquet. Many of you can look back and remember those affairs with your children, the excitement and babbling and air of ecstasy that goes only with this type of wonderful experience corsages, white coats, gowns, last minute details and oh yes he has priority for the family car that night. He's also Master of Ceremonies which also adds to the happy excitement for this household. And then Dana, who has just reached the glorious age of twelve and now in sight of the wonderful teens is anticipating a school trip to Washington and has already had her first camping trip of the season with the Girl Scouts so you can see I haven't much to do or get excited about. (Hubby informed me the other day I'm getting some gray hairs and they really show next to black but I heaved a sigh and emoted, 'Yes, but at least I'm earning them.') I wouldn't change anything though, I just hope other folks are as happy!

We have a new book advertised the first time this issue entitled 'Traction Engine Troubles' and it's real purty in its bright red coat sort of makes a nice companion to the 'Steam Engine Guide' and here's a hint it would make a real nice Christmas present to get them both for someone one is green, the other red now isn't that accommodating?

Had a letter recently from Mearl Bollman of Everett, Pa., who told us of a spring trip he and his wife enjoyed, just visiting with steam engine friends; among those were the Amos Ebersoles, Melvin Stolfus, the Everett Young's and Mrs. Arthur Young, the Arthur Kauff-mans, then to the Bob Montgomery's of Rimersburg and saw Bob's Peerless which has wooden wheels. It's really a nice one and also he has a Russel 7? x 10 on his farm that's owned by Marvin J. Bentley of Franklin, Pa. Mearl says he felt lost though, as none of the engines had water in them yet and it was impossible to operate them. (I imagine he felt like the kids sitting in school dreaming of the 'ole swimming place') The Bollman's visited Kinzers and looked over the equipment while on their little jaunt, and also went to Morgan Hill at Linesville and saw quite a few engines, including one that once belonged to President James A. Garfield, which is a Case Portable, 8 or 10 hp. Sounds like they are really getting a start on the 'engine' season this year!

That's it for this time and I'll leave with a few thoughts to ponder. You cannot get lost on a straight road. Times are always hard for those who seek soft jobs. Our true selves are usually revealed in our seemingly trivial acts. When you want to break bad habits, drop them. And George Bernard Shaw said, 'We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.'