Well, it's here the Reunion time is in full swing now good times are a daily diet as the folks tour from one show to another renewing friendships and making new friends. Do hope you all get the enjoyment you seek through this medium.
Had occasion recently to attend a beautiful Polish wedding in Shamokin and would like to share the experience with you. Our daughter, Dana Fortenbaugh, was one of the bridesmaids and the bride was a long time friend of Dana's throughout the school years. The wedding was held in St. Joseph's Church in Shamokina very modern looking church and proved to be very mod. Mrs. Kenneth Moraski was a bridesmaid while Mrs. Michael Swartz was matron of honor. Brother Ken was best man and brothers, Zigmund and John Moraski were ushers. The music in the service was all by guitar and was lovely, and of course accompanied by singing. A huge banner up front proclaimed: I TOM take thee KAREN to be my wife also on the banner was a cross and two wedding rings. It was here that Karen Beers and Thomas Moraski were united in matrimony.
They received communion, although Karen was not Catholic and also did her bridesmaid and escort. (This is quite unusual as I know that many churches do not allow this personally I think Father Casey will draw more folks into his fold by being this generous.)
Following the ceremony there was great rejoicing and partying at a Hall in the area where a sit-down dinner was served to 230 and the band started its numerous polkas, mod music and some hits of the Big Band Era. Highballs, beer, and sodas were a-plenty but no one abused the privilege. The wedding party was so pretty in their peach and white gowns outdone only by the bride's ensemble. Brides always have that extra beauty don't you think? They had the traditional bouquet throwing, the garter tossing and then the Bride's dance in this case the bride and groom took turns dancing with anyone who deposited money in the apron held by one of the brides maids it netted $126. to be used on the honeymoon.
Another little different custom was a man came to the house and followed the bride out to the car before the wedding playing the Polish Wedding March on an accordian. There was great joy, many gifts, including way over $1000. in cards with money.
Later in the evening a huge buffet was again arrayed and the guests ate as though they had not just consumed a large meal several hours previous.
All in all, it was a lovely experience for us these people seem to have such a closeness everyone dances with everyone else and there is no generation gap and today that is a great accomplishment.
Best of luck to the new bride and groom, Karen and Tom, as you begin a new and wonderful period of your lives. May you share all the joys and sorrows together from here on.
With an order for a book came this request from MR. AND MRS. THEO. R. DARNELL, Box 1507, Cleburne, Texas 76031'We have an old Railway token and we were wondering if you knew where it is from it is about the size of a dime and on one side has X0 and on the other side L P RY' (Anyone out there can help them identify the token they'll be glad to hear from you.)
LYALL S. JONES, 515 Nebobish Avenue, Bay City, Michigan 48706 penned this note to me recently: 'I read in the May-June 1972 issue of Iron-Men Album where a Harry Bonne-ma of LeMars, Iowa is trying to get in touch with a Mr. H. I. Petti for of 12-18 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants. This address is in England, not the U. S. As a former Britisher, may I inform all concerned that Hants, is an abbreviation for Hampshire, a county in England U. K. Hope this information may help you and Mr. Bonnema.'
(Thank you Lyall, and I'm going to forward your letter to Harry. But I thought it was something we all should know. Our appreciation and Cheerio!)
ALBERT L. SHERMAN, 406 N. 7th St., Lamar, Colorado 81052 is seeking help on finding catalogs of return flue Avery steam engines. He then will try to find a foundry that can cast the engine working parts and then he could make the boiler if he can find the size and length. He wants to make it about 1/3 the size of a 20 HP. (So if any of your men can assist Albert, I'm sure he will appreciate it and perhaps you will acquire a new friend).
SYD MATTHEWS, Box 1300, Mea-ford, Ontario, Canada sent this short letter along with one of his communications to us and wished us to forward it to you. 'To all my good Reeves Friends I want to assure you that I have not forsaken the Reeves Historical Society of America!
As most of you know I underwent surgery in 1969 for a small cancer in my mouth. This operation was a complete success. However, it took me several months to recuperate and when I was just beginning to feel like my old self again and to get steam in the boiler, I began to suffer excrutiating pain in the nerves of my face, to such an extent that I was completely knocked out both with the pain and the pain-killing drugs that I was taking. Thus, I lost another year with two operations last summer and one in October when I again underwent surgery to partially deaden the nerves on the right side of my face and mouth. Although this last operation has not been a 100% success, at least the doctors are on the right track, even though it may mean another small operation to get me to the point where I can again function normally and fire the boilers for more Reeves action. And, so to all of you, my good steam friends who have written to me in the last couple of years with your encouragement, interest and support, I say MANY THANKS and may Health, Happiness and Good Luck be yours throughout the year'.
(We certainly pray for Syd in his misfortune and trust he will soon be back firing the boilers).
DAVID EGAN, R. D. 5, Mechanics-burg, 17055 wishes to apologize to a certain party in Kansas name unknown inquiring about information on the owner of Cagney steam locomotive (page 22 Mar-Apr. I. M. A.). The man from Kansas wants correct address on Mr. Maddox-here 'tis: Ralph G. Maddox, R. D. 1, Purgitsville, West Virginia 26852. Also Stemgas carries a book entitled 'Little Railways of the World' by Frederic Shaw, $6.00 which has an entire chapter on the history of the Cagney steam engine. (Sure hope the man from Kansas that is interested sees this).
JOHN DAVIDSON, Box 4, Bristol, Wisconsin 53104 sends us this bit of helpful advice. 'An easy way to copy old striping or lettering before painting over is to trace on Saran Wrap with ball point pen. After repainting, place Saran Wrap over carbon paper and go over lines again.' (Thanks John, that sounds easy enough).
A homey letter from LAWRENCE H. MEYER, Box 32, Ridgeville Corners, Ohio 43555 goes: 'You and the ALBUM staff have given me many many hours of happy reading so I thought it was time that I contributed something. I read in your column in the Jan-Feb. issue that a Mr. Arthur A. Zuhn asked about the Baker Steam Tractor which he had seen in the Ford Museum.
I have a copy of the catalog, No. 24, in which this machine is presented so I thought maybe more people would be interested in the specifications. Width: 5'10'. Height: 9'2'. Wheelbase: 7'10'. Turning Radius: 14'. Weight: 9,000 lbs. Three or four 14' Plows. 24'-30' Separator. Drive Wheels: 54' diameter, 14' face. Horsepower Rating: 16-30. Cross Compound Engine High Pressure Cylinder: 3 X 5' stroke. Low Pressure Cylinder: 9' X 5' stroke. 400-425 R. P. M. Pulley: 22' diameter X 8' face. Splash lubrication for crank-case. Sight feed lubrication for cylinders. Gear Train: Internal gear drive running in oil. Final Drive: Internal gear to live rear axle. Crankshaft Diameter: 2'. Countershaft Diameter: 3'. Rear Axle Diameter: 3'. Bearings: Special babbitt. Frame: 6' Channel-all joints electric welded. Live rear axle in cannon bearing. Automobile type front axle. Sectional water tube boiler U tubes 1'. 1' Headers: 168 sq. ft. heating surface. Fuel: Slack coal, hopper capacity, 175 lbs. Automatic stoker. Water tank capacity: 40 gallons located between frame members. Tubular radiator condenser. Two pumps driven from intermediate gear shaft. One pumps from radiator to boiler. The other from tank to boiler. Water level automatically controlled by thermostat. Ground Clearance: 11'. Speed: Snail's pace to 2 miles per hour. Pickering governor. 300 lbs. Steam Pressure.' (How about all that information Fellows?? Thanks Lawrence!)
A request from LAWRENCE R. TACKETT, Route 1, Blackburn, Missouri 65321'In order to raise funds for the acquisition and restoration of equipment, the Missouri Railway Museum is compiling a Directory of traction engine and gas engine clubs and any museums that display traction, gas and early agricultural equipment. We would appreciate the help of the IRON-MEN ALBUM in informing these clubs of our project so they might contact us. We will publish the club's name, officers and addresses, as well as a short description of the nature of the club and its activities. Hopefully the Directory will prove a useful reference and help to improve communication between the various groups throughout the United States and Canada.' (Now, don't pass this opportunity by to have your Club or Museum mentioned in this up-coming Directory. There are a lot of organizations of this type and if they all answer, it should fill up the Directory).
WILLARD SWENSON, 2801 N. 26th Street, L29, Lincoln, Nebraska 68504 would like more information on the Bryan light steam tractor. He saw some information on the tractor in the Nov-Dec. 1969 issue, page 27 but none since How about it Readers?? Can you give out with more data on the Bryan tractor?
DOUGLAS M. BROWN, 711 N. Paulina Avenue, Redondo Beach, California 90277 is interested in PRR locomotive whistles or hardware from steamers. Anyone being able to acquaint him with someone knowing of these items-it will be appreciated.
NOAH S. BRUBAKER, R. D. 2, East Earl, Pennsylvania 17519 recently purchased a 65 Case traction engine and is wondering if someone would write and tell him the original color of same.
In closing I'd like to leave you with a couple inspirational quotations It's easy to have patience with others when we remember God's patience with us. -Face the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind.-It is unfortunate to have more dollars than sense.-Christianity is not a way outit's a way through.-Rejecting God's way is simply asking for trouble.