Well, here we are well into the New Year of 1963wonder what's in store for you and me? One thing, for right now, I believe we're all tolerating a good old fashioned winter and I can just visualize all you steam folks sitting by your fires and dreaming up new ideas for the summer of 1963 and the Reunions which incidentally, really are not so far away, for as it has been said many times 'When winter comes, can Spring be far behind?'
I have several letters I would like to quote from one is from John T. Offutt of 101 Main St., Parkville, Missouri who states, 'I have some information on Valve Gears. Only can find the date on the Walschant this was invented in Belgium by Eddie Welschant in 1844 and came into common use in the U. S. about 1905.' Thanks John, hope this is an interesting note to our fans.
Had a letter from Stanley H. Boyd of22613-7th Ave. So., Des Moines, Washington and quote in part, 'By the way Why can't the Steam Associations in the East recognize us as associates? Wife and I have visited steam-up in Michigan with our WSFA badges in full view and were required to pay admission to the meet as did the other non-members. Out in the Golden West, everybody is welcome. We catch quite a number of new members honey, not vinegar.' Could be this is a point for discussion don't know, I'm just quoting. Mr. Boyd is also interested in hearing from an owner of a Brian Steam Tractor. How about it?
Get out the back ALBUMS and check with this information from Joe W. Schindler, Berne, Indiana who states, 'There is an engine in the March-April 1962 ALBUM on page 23-The man did not know what make it is and I am quite sure it is a Robison and was made in Richmond, Indiana. I have been there, but it was a small factory and I don't think long in lasting. I worked for the man almost 3 years. He also, had a machine the same make it was fed by hand. The engine was a 14 hp. and he later got a 18 hp on a trade. I helped him unload and put the old one on the car in Seneca, Ind. They both had the band wheel on the left side and steering wheel on the right side and on back wheel the smoke box between the wheel and boiler, we could cook a meal, if you were not particular what you ate. The engines worked nice and and look like the one in the picture.'
And a point of debate with Walter Thomas of Route 4, Ottawa, Illinois who writes us, 'I wish you would look into the picture and article on page 30 of July-August issue (1962) and it says that this is a Buffalo-Pitts plowing outfit. I think that there has been a mix-up some place. I would bet that is a 25 or 30 hp. double cylinder Nichols and Shepard engine on that 12 bottom plow. See if I'm not right?' Well, anyone care to write Walter and argue the point?
Since the price has been raised on the magazine we have had no complaints, which makes us of course, feel mighty proud of our ALBUM family, for, from that we surely take it they understand our point of view realizing the price raise was inevitable. Just for the heck of it, we kept record of the first renewal to come in at $3.00 and it was from Bert W. Johnson of 411N. E. First St., Gelva, I11., received Dec. 10 and the first new subscriber at $3.00 was Steve Keim of Box 7, Wilmot, Ohio, received Dec. 15. And since then, they have been coming in pretty regularly. Thank you all for being so cooperative and let's keep it a Happy Iron-Men Album Family.
And that about brings me to the closing lines of the column and a few interesting remarks such as - It's much safer to drive if both the weather and the driver are dry - - -What this country needs is less stress on dollars and more on sense - You can't clean up in this world with soft soap; it takes grit - Nowadays our necessities are too luxurious and our luxuries are too necessary - AND Ha! Ha! - When a man and a woman marry, they become one. The trouble starts when they try to decide which one.
Sincerely, Anna Mae