Hi! Well here 'tis June, July-August, September just about the time When all over the nation, steam enthusiasts are feel in' fine. I'm sure there's many a fan right now, checking over the old steam engine Inspecting it here, checking it there, and givin' it plenty atten-shun. For it's important you know that she looks her best, even though she's not your 'best gal'.
She's part of you, yes, and beautiful too, but I'd say she's more like a pal. For when the day of the Reunion is here, you want her to look just right, If she runs just so, and looks real sharpt' will fill your heart with delight Some of these fine engines will go chugging proudly down the road, While others must be brought to the Fair on a large truck bed and Brother, what a load!
And when the day of activities begin and you 'gab' with Tom, Mac and Joe, How your engine does this and their engines do that, but deep within you, you know, No matter how wonderful the other engine may look or how well it may meet the test, You know when all the results are in, win-or-lose, You've still got the BEST! Now I know time flies and you don't like to leave your steam engine baby a minute, But I tell you BEWARE! Check on wifey, so fair, or (The Dog House) you might be in it.
Now Ma tries to be understanding and loyal, would admit your Engine Love sometimes is a riddle, And no woman, I know, if truthful she be, would admit she likes 'second fiddle.' We all know, to you men, the Engine's the THING and you're having the time of your life, But try to be fair and a few minutes share in the events that interest your wife Hobby displays, quilting bees and 'shows' of days gone by Booths of hand-work, ceramics and wares are some of the things you'll spy, And among the displays, we're sure of interest you'll find, one to suit any male's mood, Are the stands most frequented by all and the smell of delicious FOOD!
Now, the better half's happy, your stomach is full and everything is just right, So you mend your way for the best of the day back to the wonderful (site-sight). On the teeter-totter is Cy, a wonderful guy, and coming up next Luke McGoun, Better hurry on by, get the engines fired up, cause your name'll be coming up soon. Then after the contests are over for now, you chat a bit in the shade, But not for long, for you notice the throng, all set for the big parade. So you climb aboard your engine fair and you find your place in line, And as you follow around the parade grounds, you're having a Wonderful Time! And when you're passing the happy crowds, a familiar face you see, She looks at you with eyes full of pride and you're happy as can be! And these are the things that make life worthwhile and keeps the long winters bright, So let's thank God for our MEMORIES, a Blessing that makes life so right.
Once in a while I like to try poetry; well, at least it rhymes, sort a but in all fairness I must tell you, this one was written years ago and was used in one of our earlier issues. Just thought some of our newer members might enjoy it, and I imagine it sounds new to all of you by now.
First communication comes from DONALD L. LOOSLI, 196 South Lloyd Circle, Idaho Falls 83401 as he exclaims: 'Praise BEyour cover picture of May-June 1981 was just what I have been looking for a picture of a steam engine that matched my father's 'Old Rosie.' I had thought Old Rosie was a Case engine, but I was wrong. It was a Reeves 2 cylinder just the same as the one shown. I should have remembered because I was the water monkey on it while I was in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Marysville, Idaho (1926-1930).
My, how this picture and article brought back memories of those years in Idaho. My father's name was Dimond and he had two engines, Old Rosie (as we called her) and Jumbo, also a Reeves 2 cylinder, but much larger. Each one of father's sons took our turn at being a helper; water monkey, and finally full responsibility in running the engine. My brother, Leo, ran the separator which was a Case.
We did have two full outfits, Old Rosie and the Case separator harvesting seed peas and old Jumbo and another all wood separator to harvest wheat. I remember pulling into our farm yard late one evening after finishing the season's wheat harvest. Old Jumbo belched sparks back over the chaff on the wood separator. Leo didn't know that a spark had started a smoldering fire on the separator. About 5:00 a.m. the next morning, we were awakened to find the separator engulfed in flames. All that was left were the iron parts.
After that, we used Jumbo and the Case separator. After the pea harvest we had to change pulleys and then go onto the wheat harvest.
In the '30s a junk drive was started to collect all scrap and as the two machines were not used any more, they were sold for scrap. How I wish I had had the foresight to have saved them.
I enjoy very much your magazine! (Thanks Don, and I imagine there are many folks out over the country lamenting the demise of some of those old engine critters. But then isn't that so with many things in our lives? We keep things for a long time and then we think we are getting too cluttered up and get rid of the items, only to discover too soon we should have kept 'umif we would only have gotten rid of our faults, prejudices, tempers, bad dispositions and etc. in that manner but sometimes, seems when we think we are rid of these worthless intangibles they pop right up in front of us from time to time not so with those precious iron castaways). Ah well, we all know of what I speak so we start over and try again.
ERWIN SCHUENEMANN, Box 26, Twin Bridges, Montana 59754 would like to know how many different makes of steam traction engines were manufactured. Anybody know or care to give some educated guesses? Erwin has a 40 HP Pitts Buffalo engine that he has restored.
Some comments on an article came in the mail from LESTER C. NORRIS, 33 North Street, Marcellus, New York 13108: 'I read with great interest Mr. L. A. Wright's letter (p. 16) in the March-April IMA. I too was born and brought up on a farm about 4 miles east of Marcellus on the West Seneca Turnpike. Nothing pleased me more than the day the threshers came to work at our farm.
Over twenty years ago I had five steam engines: 3 Cases, one a 65 and two 50's. A Lang & Button and a Buffalo Springfield roller. The Case 50 I purchased from Cortland, New York Highway Department and we did a lot of work on that one. Through this, I got to know Mr. Jewell who worked for the county and used to run that engine.
The article talked about the Stevens engine. About 30 years ago, I went to the Rough & Tumble Steam Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I found Donald Fields from Jamesville, New York there; we had known each other for years. While at the show, he purchased a Stevens traction engine from Mr. Young who ran a farm machinery business and bought and sold steam traction engines. This one was made in Auburn, New York. Later Mr. Fields had it taken to Charles Hitchcock's farm in Lavanna, New York. He had several shows on his farm which were excellent, but the cost of insurance, etc. put an end to those fine shows.
I had my Case 65 there several times and threshed with it and enjoyed it very much. I still have my Case 65 which I had at the New York State Fair last year. Had it there before, but never saw as much interest shown by the crowd as last year. So many people stopped to chat and ask questions about it.
I am a charter member of the New York State Steam Engine Association of Canandaigua, New York and served as Vice President for several years. I am now a life member. This year I will have my engine at Summer Hill, New York. Summer Hill is located between Locke and Cortland on Route 90. Hope to see you there!'
Some data on our unclassified pictures comes from EDWIN H. BREDEMEIER, Steinauer, Nebraska 68441: 'In May-June issue, No. 1: The young man is real proud and has reason to be. The engine in the background, I think is a Nichols & Shepard. No. 2: The large sign tells us where it is at and it is a Case engine. No. 3: The tractor in back ground is a Massey or a IHC M. The thresher is a Case with another brand of weigher or grain handler and feeder, my guess is a 32' or 36', from the smokestack, I think it is a Case engine. The picture was taken where the wide type wagon boxes were used. No. 4: I pass and No. 5: Scale of Case. No. 6: An early 110 HP Case, I say early because the smoke box is so short. No. 7: All I can say that it is a good shot of belting up.'
W. O. KRUMWIEDE, Voltaire, North Dakota 58792 states: 'I see in your Jan.-Feb. '81 issue on page 12 that Carl Lathrop would like to know where there are other 30-60 Big Four tractors. Clarence Butler, Parshall, N.D. has one at the Makato, North Dakota show. Also John O. Tysse, Crosby, N.D. and W. O. Krumwiede have two 30-60 Big Fours at the Crosby, N.D. show. Don't forget to look for them.'
A letter from one of our regular contributors comes from AlaskaI believe he must be visiting there as I know that isn't where the letters came before from Al. AL RENNEWANZ, Box 1852, Kodiak, Alaska 99615 and he has some deep feelings about the following: 'It's been a long time since I have written to you and I would really like to write about a more pleasant subject than the one at hand. I am writing in regard to the picture on page 17 of Mar.-Apr. 1918 IMA. The engine pictured is not a 150 HP Case. It is a 110 HP Case engine. It is clobbered up with so much junk and paraphernalia it is almost unrecognizable and mounted on a platform about two feet above the floor which makes it seem much bigger than it is. Nameplate and serial numbers have been removed, perhaps to further conceal its identity. It is a crime that a beautiful engine like the 110 Case the aristocrat of the big steamers should be subjected to such shamful indignity as to be displayed carnival-type show engine, which it isn't, wasn't and never could have been.
A great many people in this day and age have no recollection of the era when steam was King. They are easily confused between fiction and fact. I hope not many people are being deceived by this display False prophets shall arise and deceive many. (From time to time we get letters commenting on a picture or article. They are printed because I know you like this column as a means of exchange of interests with your steam buddies, but they won't be put in if they are damaging to one's character. Different strokes for different folks in exchanging ideas. We love all of you.)
A note from ALLAN LINDEN, Route 2, Box 276, Isanti, Minnesota 55040: 'In your March-April'81 issue of IMA you had a picture of a Model D Bates steel mule tractor. It is a 1918 Model, 12-20 HP. It had an 800 RPM ERD 4 cylinder engine. The ignition was an Eisemann, high tension magneto. The forward speeds were from 2 to 4 MPH. Hope this information is of some interest to your readers.'
Please help if you can! JOHN T. WYMON, Box 609, Fruitland, Idaho 83619 is trying to obtain information on a Bull tractor 1915 or 1916. He'll be so happy to hear from you.
In answer to inquiries this letter will be of great interest to those who would like to know more on the subject of steaming tobacco. MENNO L. HESS, 303 S. Market Avenue, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania 17552 writes: 'The hand on the steam gauge has been going up and when I read that Bruce Atkinson wanted to know more about steaming tobacco beds, the safety valve popped. First, it's done to kill insects and diseases in the ground and to kill the weed seeds. The ground is plowed or spaded late in the fall, before or early in the spring when the ground is dry. It is raked off fine and left to dry off another day if possible.
Then the steamer comes. It can be any kind of boiler, traction engine or portable boiler. The pan is about 6 feed wide and 8 feet long. It is a rectangular frame of 6 or 7 inch boards set on edge. One inch blocks can be set in the corners for strength. Over this frame, heavy tin is placed and the four sides bent down and nailed. In the center, another 6' board is placed across the 6 foot way. In the center of this board, bore a hole 7/8' or large enough for a ' pipe to turn freely. Make the hole through the tin. Then an 18' piece of pipe with a tee on one end is run up through the hole, A collar is placed on the top end of the pipe. It should fit fairly loose, but should allow the pipe to turn in the hole. An elbow is screwed to the top of the pipe and another piece of pipe 30' long screwed into the elbow.
A steam hose about 30' long is slipped over the horizontal pipe and fastened with a clamp. The other end of the hose is left to slip over the pipe from the boiler. There is a short pipe with a valve screwed into the steam dome. An elbow called a service ell is attached to the nipple just above the valve. The service ells are made by two elbows screwed together. The large end has a thread inside and the small end has the thread outside. By screwing the small end of one into the large end of the other, a fairly good swivel is made. These service ells are also placed between each piece of pipe in the line.
An extra valve can be placed on a pipe near the ground, so you won't have to crawl up over the hot boiler every time you change a pan. Now, set the pan on the loose ground, slip the pipe from the line into the open end of the steam hose and open the valves. The pan can stay set for 15 or 20 minutes. Then two fellows get hold of the ropes alongside of the pan, turning off the steam first, of course. When the pan has been set at the end of the previous set the steam is again turned on. We used heavy leather welder's gloves when changing pans or working around hot pipes or boiler.
We also had a little caper I'll tell you all about. We would sometimes take a couple of eggs and bury them about an inch and a half deep in the loose ground about where the middle of the next pan would set, marking them with small twigs. In fifteen minutes when we hanged that pan the eggs were hard boiled.
I might tell you of foaming boilers, safety plug blowing and broken steam lines and so on, but I must cut off the steam for now.' (Thanks Menno, and we'll be anxiously awaiting these other stories.)
GEORGE W. EVES, 30 Bladen View, Milborne St. Andrew, Dorset DT11 Olf, England writes us: 'I recently received two copies of IMA. How lucky are your preservationists to have a journal such as yours. Enthusiasm glows through every page and recalls my steam beginnings at the turn of the century down in my native country, Kent, until 1928 when the I. C. engine ousted steam from our homes, farms and fields.
Now, may I ask a favor of you? For a good many years I exchanged letters, slides and IMA with one William Hall of Seaside Heights, New Jersey. But my last letter several months ago was returned marked DEC. which I can only presume means deceased. He was a contributor to your journal and this makes me wonder if you or your readers can set my wandering mind at rest. (George, I just stopped and checked through the magazines and my card file and I cannot find him listed there so I have checked further with the Lancaster office and I find, yes, William Hall did die on April 10. We will, I am sure, have many who extend their sympathies. Mr. Hall contributed many letters and show reports to our magazine for many years. We will all miss him.)
And in closing, my best wishes from me and my steam pals who eagerly wait for me to pass on my copies, because your steam scene brightens their days in a manner words cannot convey. For this, our combined and grateful thanks.'
A note from IRVIN E. STOWELL, Canton, New York 13617 as he says: 'I have had the privilege of working on an old steam engine to restore it. It was built by A. B. Farquhar Company Ltd. of York, Pennsylvania. The following information is all I can find on it. Shop No. 18177. A number on the stack end on door plate is 1381. The following numbers are stamped in metal over the fire door1598 N.Y. STD. 47 HSB Farquhar Co. 14338 or 14388 (not clear) 1922, 254, 125 lbs.
It has about a 60' diameter belt pulley and was used to drive a rock crusher. I have tried tracing the company through York, PA Chamber of Commerce but no luck. Anyone got any help as to where I may be able to obtain information?' (Help him if you know anything about the company or the engine I'm sure he is waiting for letters.)
Another short story from Well-springs of Wisdom by Ralph L. Woods entitled God's love. Charles Spurgeon, a noted English clergy man, noticed that the weather vane on the roof of a farm building bore the phrase 'God is Love' and was troubled. 'Do you think God's love is as changeable as that weather vane?' he asked the farmer.
'You miss the point, sir,' replied the farmer. 'It's on the weather vane because no matter which way the wind is blowing, God is still love.'
Get feeling down sometimes and your spirits are blue just remember and say to yourself. I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do every thing, but I can do something. And what I can do, I ought to do and by the grace of God I WILL DO IT!