SOOT IN THE FLUES


| July/August 1978



Soot In The Flues

Well, by the time this issue of  I.M.A. arrives, the shows will be in full swing around the country and I know many of you are out there enjoying every minute of the Reunion Season. Hope you meet many old friends and make some new ones too. Don't forget to give us the little stories that make for good reading you know, things you probably wouldn't think would be interesting for the magazine; but we are interested in those little details and fun things that happen.

I have a letter from WESLEY J. TRATHEN, 3025 N. Dayton, Flint, Michigan 48504 and he writes: 'I am able to identify the unclassified photo #4 on page 27 of the May-June issue. This photo shows the dedication of the monument to the first steam engine show and was on the Leroy Blaker farm at Alvordton, Ohio.

The person on the left is Merle Newkirk who funded the monument and on the right is Leroy Blaker on whose farm the show was held for several years and then moved to Montpelier and then again to Wauseon.

This monument is a Port Huron drive wheel on which is mounted a bronze plaque. With a reading glass the plaque can be read 'Site of the First Steam Traction Engine etc.' (Thanks Wesley for the information am sure many will enjoy the description of picture.)

From HARRIETTE C. BLACK, Librarian and Curator at The Newcomen Society of North America comes this information which will be of interest to many of you folks: 'This is a letter to the Editor: I'm sorry I didn't get to read this March-April issue of The Iron-Men Album until today as it will arrive too late to be included in your next.

It is in reference to 'WHAT WATT DID,' on page 29. Much as I dislike arguing with a man who has written 'An Encyclopedia of World History,' i.e. Mr. William L. Langer, in this case I must. Thomas Newcomen invented the first workable steam engine and demonstrated what it could do in 1714, a generation before Watt was born. When Watt was called in to repair a Newcomen engine there were 900 of this type engine in use not only in the British Isles, but as far a field as Hungary. Two years later, Watt invented the separate condenser. I do not deny that Watt was an inventive geniusbecause he was, but let's give credit where credit is due.