So much has happened since the last edition of the IMA, what with the Holidays of Christmas and New Years and last but not least the tragic and shameful assassination of our beloved President. I feel I must mention it, for I feel we as a nation, were sick at heart this Holiday season as the result of such an unbelievable event. But we must go forward with 'vigor' so that John F. Kennedy, and all the others who have died for the beliefs of our nation may not have died in vain. My hope and prayer is that this sorrowful event will bond us all together in fellowship and we will stand side by side as brothers, as God intended, and at the same time, may it drive us to our knees for guidance which we as a nation and as individuals need, and remind us (while we're on our knees) of the many great and wonderful blessings we yet possess.
A note from Les Halloway of Wauota, Sask., Canada who writes, 'I would like to see someone write a good article on how wagon spokes and wheels were made, what type of equipment and etc. was used up through the years. Also, I would like more model makers to describe how they made their castings on their models.' And then he asks, 'Has anybody a good design for a home foundry for both aluminum, brass and cast iron?' Well, you letter writers, here is your chance to write Les.
I'm glad so many of you folks responded to Hermon Liechty's letter that was in last month requesting pictures. You have made him so happy. Here is his letter to us and after reading it, I feel ashamed I ever gripe about anything. He writes: 'Friends, I want to thank all the people who sent magazines and pictures and fine letters to me in the hospital. My album collection is steadily growing and more is coming every day. I knew there were some wonderful people but, I didn't know there were so many. I do believe some were reading it wrong. Believe me, I do not feel sorry for myself. I've seen too many people in real bad shape to feel sorry for myself. Besides, God is bigger than all of us and He will take care of me. I've had 3 years to see others that are sick. Thank you all again and God bless you. 'Harmon Liechty, Sr., 2400 Morton Ave., Elkhart, Indiana.
And from Andrew Mair, R. R. 4, Chesley, Ontario Canada One steam engine I have never seen a picture of or write-up about is the Cornell Engine. My father threshed with one for a few years. It was a portable with wooden wheels like the old farm wagon. I also would like to see a write-up about the Eagle tractors. They were an American tractor sold here in Canada by the Waterloo Threshing Machine Company. I used one to drive a saw-mill and really liked the old monster. Hope to see some pictures of them.' Anyone have pictures or stories on these makes? Let's hear from you.
Otto Moen of Fertile, Minnesota writes us that 'In the Nov-Dec. 1963 issue, Loffelmacher of Fairfax, Minn. got a picture of a 1911 tractor (can you name it?) This tractor is an Emerson-Brantingham 3060 Big 4 and the picture sent in by M. Glass of California for identifying is a Case 20-40 2 cylinder opposed and it is a 1918-1919 model I have these 2 makes of tractors in my collection of catalogs of tractors.'
Here's an invitation to write to Harry Yates of 3775Herman Ave., San Diego, California He likes the Iron-Man Album and quote 'I wouldn't know how to get along without it. Through its pages, I find so many new friends to write to and swap yarns and experiences. We have all led the same kind of a life and enjoyed every day we spent at it. The thrill of pulling a throttle and feel of power surge through those iron lungs as the old steamer obeyed the hand of her master-what I wouldn't give --to back one into a belt once more. But those pleasant memories are all I have left. All you fellows who have a chance to still pull a throttle just think of a buddy who is not so fortunate. Must fold the belt for now. I hope to hear from some of you old time engineers. Let's swap yarns?' (You know when I get fed up with life and tired of working and along comes letters like these - makes me feel real good -after all this magazine is bringing alot of good folks together). Anna Mae
I must say before closing that we have just had one of the worst snow storms to hit this area for a long time-18 inches and blowing in drifts every where - I guess to a lot of folks that's not much, but around here Pardner it surely slowed up us Folks. I don't know - seems like we need something like this every now and then to remind us we're not so big and powerful as we like to thing - for with all our moderm equipment and machinery, when the Lord wants to slow us up a little - there are ways - and snow is one of them - why I'll bet families saw more of each other this last weekend than they've seen of each other in months, for meetings and everything was cancelled and there was no place to go if you wanted to unless you shoveled your way there and you know how far we're going to go under those conditions. Yes, it has its drawbacks, but I think the Man at the controls knows what he is doing - for I'm sure families got to know and enjoy each other a little more the last few days.
STEAMCERELY Anna Mae