SOOT IN THE FLUES


| July/August 1967

Well here it is a wet rainy damp soggy day in the fifth month of the year and I'm trying to write the July-August column - and by July and August we'll probably be so hot and dry we'll be wishing for a day like this but right now I'd just as soon see the sun. Isn't it funny that's how it is with the magazines and the deadlines - we work so far ahead in the future we can't seem to enjoy the present dates as we should. Oh well, so be it! Every job has its little oddities that must exist to make the final production worth while.

I know we are all looking forward to the ending of school terms and enjoying the hot summer days with our families - swimming, traveling, sports and of course to attend the Steam and Gas Reunions. You know when the 1st of the year appears it always seems -'Well, here we are just beginning a new year - twelve whole months ahead of us and it seems like a pretty good amount of time' - but before you seem to get much done - and you check the calendar and there it is -like now - the fifth month - nearly half of that long year is almost here. I declare, they make time shorter now in this jet age! The years didn't seem to go nearly as fast when I was a youngster.

I have a short letter from Clyde M. Rees of 608 W. Locust St., Bloomfield, Iowa, 52537 and in it he says, 'In the March-April, 1967 issue of IMA, page 13 you have a picture of an engine that the information says is a Huber or Case, which I don't think is correct. I think it is a Geiser as it is the same as the model on the cover of magazine. I saw this model at the 1966 Mt. Pleasant Show and it sure was a beauty.' Any one care to comment on Clyde's statement. I looked at the two pictures and they do look similar, but then if you're not an expert on steam (like me) many of them look similar although they are of different makes.

Another letter from John A. Mc-Kenzie, Peck, Michigan 48466 and he states, 'In the May-June issue of IMA, there's a picture sent in by Leonard James, Napoleon, Michigan and asking ('Has anyone ever seen a three cylinder locomotive?') Yes! I saw a three cylinder locomotive in the summer of 1923, same as in the picture owned by and being used as a switch engine in the yard of Morgan and Wright Manufacturers of United States Tires (now U.S. Rubber) on East Jefferson Ave. in Detroit.'



Want to wish the best of luck to the touring group of the Elwood Historical Club of Elwood, Indiana who will be leaving the latter part of June for a trip to Scotland and England, where they will get to view the steam reunions over there known as Traction Engine Rallies. We'll hear from them latter on their excursion.

In this issue you'll notice S. Arthur Roxy of 279 Prospect Ave., East Aurora, N.Y. has pictures in of his steam popcorn machine - and it is a beauty! It's a rare one and some of you people will get to see it at different fairs and reunions as Mr. Roxy books these type of events to sell popcorn and peanuts. He states in his article that Walt Disney had wanted to buy the wagon for his Disneyland, but the Roxy's wouldn't sell - it is believed to be the only one of its kind left which would make it a unique possession.