Farm Collector


By the time this issue is out, we will probably have seen our
first signs of the oncoming season popping from the ground and the
whole world will be awakening to the glory of spring. As for me, I
got my first inkling yesterday morning when I sleepily stumbled to
the window to shut it after being awakened by the horrible alarm
clock. I was caught right in the middle of a yawn that stopped me
short and Bingo I was wide awake, for sitting outside were two
beautiful fat chirping robins. Maybe I’m ‘corny’ but to
me that is always a thrill to see the first robin of the year. I
wonder if the robins ever realize how folks up north await their
arrival I feel differently already, for although I love all the
seasons, I feel like telling everyone, Spring is just around the
corner. We’ll probably have our spring spirits dampened more
than once though until the March Lion gets through growling at us
but nevertheless that feeling is everywhere hope the robins
don’t get too discouraged though if something happens like this
poem suggests:

Northward the robin flew in Spring. It left him quite exhausted
to find his bird-bath not yet thawed his worms, not yet

Had a nice letter this week from Mrs. R. E. Maxwell and she says
‘Sometime I’m east I want to visit our IRON-MEN ALBUM
friends in Enola.’ Well, you come right ahead, we’d be
happy to chat a while. She is from Indiana but tells us her father
was born and reared just back of Enola and many of her relatives
are buried in the Enola cemetery. It’s wonderful how a
publication such as this brings many folks in touch with each other
who have a lot in common or are from the same vicinity, that
otherwise may have never met. It also proves ‘It’s a small
world.’ Many letters arriving now telling of the Reunion dates
already for the forth-coming summer. Everyone If bubbling over with
enthusiasm for the big events whereby good friend; and good engines
will have the ‘time of their lives.’ It’s a fascinating
hobby and I can understand how it captures the emotions and
undivided attention of the individuals involved.

Heard from Frances and Leonard Mann of Indiana they tell us they
made a quick trip through central Indiana calling on the Rex
Johnsons of North Terre Haute. Rex has been ill and would
appreciate hearing from any of his old friends. They also visited
the Stoll Brothers of Monegomery who are about to complete a fine
model Case engine, and then had a good visit at the Jake Marners of
Loogootee with their 21hp. Keck-Gonnerman and 25hp. Kitten. The
Johnsons, above mentioned, have two engines, a 21-75 Baker and a
16hp. Huber. So you see the folks are getting ‘steamed up’
already for the reunions.

Would you folks like me to insert a recipe each time here again
I want to please you, not what pleases me, for I have many
interests but I don’t know that others share them with me, so
I’ll try starting with this recipe Graham Cracker Delight:

1 cup butter
1  cup sugar
2  eggs
1 can crushed pineapple
1 cup nuts
1 cup shredded coconut
3  packages gelatin

Cream together butter, sugar and eggs. Add pineapple, nuts and
cocoa-nut. Line a large shallow pan with whole graham crackers.
Spread above mixture over it and then when the gelatin has been
allowed to come to a setting point pour over the mixture.
That’s it! This dessert can be made 24 hours before and will
serve 16-20 persons. Add whipped cream for garnish.

It’s about the time of year too when young folks are looking
ahead to a new life as they leave the school doors behind them and
go on to college or some other step of life. I’d like to leave
this thought for them especially and it has meaning for all of us.
Our world is a college, events are teachers; happiness is the
graduating point, character is the diploma God gives man. Think
about this there is a lot of sense and meaning in it and that’s
it for now and Bye bye have fun, get those engines in shape and
head for the reunions.

  • Published on May 1, 1959
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