SOOT IN THE FLUES


| March/April 1971


Our 1970 Show was almost rained out. Saturday was a good day. We had a large crowd and a large amount of equipment. Our gas tractor show was the best we have had and also the gas engine show was good. Sunday morning about 6 A.M. it began to rain and never let up all day.

LOUIS A. BOOSE, 98 Wooster St., Norwalk, Ohio 44857 reminisces a bit when sending in his renewal. On the back of his renewal slip he writes: 'Alphonse (Sandy Pike) Ringlein engineered and operated the 6 cyl. Buick Engine powered Huber Steam Roller for the township around Prout Stn., Shin rock near Sandusy, Ohio. I saw a picture of it in Iron-Men Album some time ago. Alphy died a few years ago at Monroeville, Ohio. His brother, Gustie lives here in Norwalk. Their home was at Ringlein's Corner & Sherman Twp., 1 mile west of Bismark, Ohio now St. Sebastian because the Seb. church is the only original left up there. The store building, blacksmith shop burned about 1915 when Herman Jenrich lived there. Dominic Rock used to operate the store, had a saloon in it, also it was a post office long, long ago. I lived between Bismark and Ringlein's Corner.

The boiler (flues) passed out on the Huber and 'Sandy' being ambidextrous mounted the Buick engine on the top and side of boiler and restoring the roller to good use. Very unique. Very lately I saw an ad in a local paper - For Sale - Huber Roller. I wonder if it was THAT one. In the Album it mentioned the Huber Co., Marion, did not have any intelligence to the Buick Huber Roller.

This doesn't all makes sense to me, but maybe you veterans of the steam world will understand more about it.



An interesting note from CLARENCE E. MITCHAM, Route 1, Mead, Washington 99021, who wrote: 'I received a very nice and different Christmas card from the Uhlenkotts this year. I am sending it along to you just to show you what an old steam friend does in his spare time. He made the lumber of western pine, sanding it by hand and then had it printed. John and Jennie live at Spokane, Washington. He was a millwright and boiler maker all of his life and keeps busy 16 hours a day.

This card was quite unusual. It measured about 9' by 4' of the wood as Clarence described, cut saw-toothed on each end to add a decorated effect. On it was imprinted 'Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - Mr. and Mrs. John J. Uhlenkott,' and then there was a Case engine imprinted on it too. Quite nice wish you could see it.














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