Hi, Dear Friends! March-April issue you say why we hardly have the tinsel out of the way can it be the years are coming and going so fleetingly? Hope you didn't make too many resolutions that are by this time staring you in the face but forgotten. If we could all just resolve to be more Christ-like in the New Year and try to do the work that God has planned for each of us wouldn't that cover all the resolutions?
I, like most of you, have plenty of work laid out for me and if we step into it and do everything as God would have us do we're bound to have a good year. AND here goes: PAUL B. CURTIS, R. R. 3, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 sends along this nice letter of appreciation and of interest to a fellow reader: 'This is just a note to convey my appreciation and a re-quest. First, the expression of thanks for the item in your column concerning my fire. It brought unexpected results and this brings us to the reason for the request.
Shortly after the item appeared in the ALBUM, I received a letter from R. F. Somerville of 12498 14th Ave. No. Haney, B. C. Canada that he was sending a complete set of ALBUMS for 1956 which arrived in due time. Since then, he has sent me a complete set for 1957 along with some articles and blueprint tracings of English engines and steam wagons all without cost to me.
In his letter he mentioned that he is very desirous of obtaining a catalog of a 1917-1920, 10-20 Titan tractor. I feel his generosity and also his quest for such a catalog be publicized.
With a prayer for all of Heaven's Blessings for you and yours and all the Staff at Stemgas'.
We get many nice letters like the above and we appreciate them, but can't reprint them all nor is that expected I'm sure but if you can help with information on the above it will be appreciated.
A distress signal from L. J. WILLIAMS, R. R. 1 Adshead Road, Lady-smith, B. C, Canada as he writes: 'I have a 6 HP Galloway Gas engine and am looking for any available information on it. On the nameplate it has: The Galloway Mfd. by Wm. Galloway Co., Waterloo, Iowa U. S. A. No. 34811 HP. 6.
This information was put in the Gas Engine Magazine in the Sept-Oct. issue and I received no reply so I thought I would try the Iron-Men Album.'
Come on Gang there must be some-one out there in engine land that can help Mr. Williams with his problem.
R. F. SOMERVILLE, 12498 232,, Street, Maple Ridge P. O., Haney, B. C. Canada pens us: 'I saw in your column in Jan-Feb. 1972 Iron-Men that Mr. Howe of Trenton, Ont. wanted information on a Blackstone Oil Engine. These engines were built by Blackstone Co. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England from 1900 to 1935. I don't think they are in business now. They were stationary, from 2 BHP to 70 BHP and were single cylinder. The big ones were compressed air started. The smaller ones were started by hand. They were all 4 cycle, tank cooled and burned kerosene distillate and stove oil.
To start, you heat up the hot bulb with a blow lamp till it is cherry red, turn on the governors to start and pull on the flywheel and away they go. The air valve exhaust and fuel pump were all operated by cams on the side shaft. The governor is on the end of the shaft and is hit and miss.
The engine of Mr. Howe's is 8 BHP and runs about 300 rpm. They were known as semi diesel hot bulb engines. The portables were 2 BHP to 25 BHP. The blow lamp is only used for starting.'
Well, thank you Mr. Somerville, that should help Mr. Howe and many others. (This is the same Mr. Somerville that helped Paul Curtis mentioned in previous paragraph).
OTTO MOEN of Fertile, Minnesota 56540 tells us: 'On page 19 of the Nov-Dec. magazine there is a picture of the C. O. D. tractor. You were wondering about what C. O. D. stands for sometime ago I talked with a person that knew something about this tractor. It stands for Cash-on-delivery. For some time this tractor was manufactured in Crookston, Minnesota by the Crookston Manufacturing Company. This town is about twenty miles from where I live. Later on they moved to Minneapolis until they folded up in early 1920s.'
Thanks Otto for the letter. I've known for a long time C. O. D. means cash on delivery but I didn't think it meant that on the engine that just doesn't sound right to me. I thought it stood for something else. (Are you sure they're not kidding us?)
W. HOOKS of 13 Heman Street, Toronto 14, Ontario, Canada would like to know the address of an old farm machinery company called Walter A. Wood. Does anyone know where he could write to find out?
ANDY ANDERSON, Box 258, Mans-field, Missouri 65704 has half interest in the Wings & Wheels Museum of Santee, South Carolina. Andy is a custom builder of antique aero planes. He tells us that in the Museum they have an old steam train they built from original prints. He says they ran it last year and again this year. It entailed quite a few problems getting this project completed as they had quite a few 'bugs' to contend with in accomplishing their desire. But now he says the train runs o.k. and is really a thrill to operate. Dolph Overton is the other owner of the Museum.
Andy sent along a brochure of the Museum and it looks like it would be an interesting place to stop while vacationing. It is open daily from 9 to 9.
FRED H. EBERHARD, asks 'Could you please tell me about the stern wheel river boat that was auctioned off May 24, 1962? I would like to know where it is and if it is still around. It was advertised in your magazine'
Anybody know?? I have no answers.
He also wanted to know if they still have National Threshers Association Inc. Williams County Fair Grounds Annual Reunions at Montpelier, Ohio.
Yes, they still have the shows but it is now held at Wauseon, Ohio in the latter part of June each year.
ED DEIS, 10373 Hobart, Kirtland, Ohio 44094 wants to bring us up to date on the Historical Engine Society. He says: 'We've had a very successful year with two shows and two engine runs. We have approximately 60 members and more joining all the time. We have probably one of the youngest average ages for members compared to other clubs in the area. Our President, Ellis Wellman is 32. 20 is the age of the Vice-president (yours truly). Our meetings are well attended and we always have a good time. We send out a newsletter every month.
Our Sunrise Show, which we advertised in the Album, was very successful and compared favorable with the better shows we had a lot of compliments. We are very safety conscious and are starting to have speakers at our meetings to teach the members all about steam and gas engines. We always have work-shops before and after the meetings (and usually big Bull sessions, but oh what you can learn by listening!) Any-way, I think you may consider the Historical Engine Society as an established club and you'll be hearing more about us all the time.'
And we wish you the best of luck and fun with your newly organized Club! May it grow and prosper!
And it's about time to end this column for I know you have many inspirations to begin getting all those little things done so you can start making the rounds of the Reunions. And as you fire those engines up for the forthcoming season, I'm sure your spirit is likewise stimulated as you look forward to meeting old friends again; And so let me end with this dissertation: A FRIEND IS A PERSON-Who will help you in the hour of sickness; Who will lend you a dollar without deducting the interest; Who will help you up hill when you are sliding down; Who will defend you in the hour when others speak evil of you; Who will believe in your innocence until you admit your guilt; Who will say behind your back what he says to your face; Who will shake hands with you wherever he meets you, even though you wear patches; and Who will do all these things without expecting any return Dorothy C. Retsloff. (How many friends do you have? according to the above, I'm very blessed, for I have many.)