SOOT IN THE FLUES


| July/August 1977



Port Huron Engine

The front plate reads: PORT HURON Engine S, Port Huron E & T Co., Port Huron, Michigan. Engine No. 8613. Patented September 11, 1888, April 3, 1900, Sept. 25,1900, Oct. 16, 1900, Dec. 4, 1900.

Hi! Well, here we are, almost half through 1977 last year all things were bustling with activities geared to the Bicentennial theme where oh where does the time go?? Let's not forget our patriotism in any year, but let us also remember, that in itself is not enough for we must not carry within us any animosity or hatred for anyone so well put in Matthew 22:37-39.

And onto some letters of interest from our readers CHARLES CHIARCHIARO, Depot Street, Waldoboro, Maine 04572 shares with us: 'We have recently started a Transportation Museum here in the state of Maine a working museum of planes, autos, carriages and engines. We are now putting up what we know to be the largest steam engine left in this country. The engine weighs 95 tons and develops 600 HP. I am sure you will hear more about us in the near future. (We hope so Charles and we'll be looking for a story on your endeavors.)

Had a nice letter from GILMAR JOHNSON, Route 1, Box 309, Frederic, Wisconsin 84837 'Dear Friend Congratulations on your good work with the Stemgas Publications As a senior citizen (not bragging or complaining) I can now see how so many old-timers are kept going by the little fun they get from Old Iron and reading the hobby magazines (especially if they don't have a wife). So, we can now see as how Elmer started a movement that even to this day, has turned out to be the only incentive to hundreds of senior citizens. Keep up the good and glorious work it does not conflict God's plans in any way. Praise the Lord!' (Thanks Gil many of the older subscribers will remember Gil used to write a column for us called Dairyland Driftings quite a few years ago and I'm sure many of you are his friends. He and his wife, now deceased, used to attend some of the reunions it was good to hear from you again!)

A new publication has come to my attention through the mails and perhaps some of you folks may be interested in it it is called 'Longears News' and it deals explicitly with mules. This paper was 4 pages in content and sells for $1.50 per subscription for six issues, every other month. If you would be interested write: Geri McCall, 28371 Gimple Hill Road, Eugene, Oregon 97402.

A letter of quite different content found its way into this column I think you'll like it. It is from MRS. ROGER FRANKLIN CULLER, R. D. #3, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 'I was looking through some old Iron-Men magazines one night, when what to my surprise, I ran across an article written by my husband, Roger, in the May-June issue of 1961.

I didn't meet him until June of 1966. We were married the next year, June 30, 1967. I guess I didn't realize how close I came to not being married, at least on that weekend, because you see, it must have been a big toss-up between me and a Steam Thresher's Show, the same weekend Love conquers all!