SOOT IN THE FLUES

By Staff
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Well, the ads are really rolling in for the Steam-Up Season of
1969 and National Threshers Association will be celebrating their
25th Reunion this year – isn’t that wonderful? According to
that I’d say the organization is going to stay together awhile,
wouldn’t you? That was the first organization to start the
steam reunions and now just look at how many clubs there are – a
great hobby that not only satisfies one’s desires but preserves
the past for the future – we all benefit -whether we realize it or
not. And best of luck and good wishes to all of you as you look
forward to a happy summer of traveling to the get-togethers.

We are all steamed up with pride right now as we are
grandparents for the second time. History and specifications for
this particular little ‘steamer’ are as follows:
Manufactured by Mr. and Mrs. H. Edgar Branyan of Bangor, Penna.
with the miraculous touch from the Master above – Make of model –
male; Weight 8 1b. 1 oz.; length 20 inches; No. 2; Name of model –
Lance Chandelor; Characteristics of above mentioned: vociferous,
beautiful color, full of horsepower and resembles a sister model
brought out in 1966 – name of Stacy Jo. Two real showpieces that
along with owners (Ma & Pa) will make a wonderful Reunion for
grandparents and Aunts and Uncles in the near future.

And now onto the letters. From William H. Westbrook, Route 2,
Forsyth, Georgia 31029 – ‘I have a Frick 9 x 12 portable engine
and according to the companies records, it was made in 1896. This
boiler has 2 inch flues which are obsolete. It needs a complete set
of flues. The first flue removed was comparatively good except it
was burned off inside the firebox. By cutting off a few inches and
welding to a 2 inch tube, I was able to replace three of them.
However the last two tubes were completely rusted out and most of
the others seem to be in the same condition. If I could enlarge the
flue sheet about 1/8 inch, a 2 inch pipe
would slip through. Have you ever heard of anyone using a pipe for
a boiler tube?’

Well, I don’t understand what Bill is talking about but I
know some of you steam buffs are already thinking of answering
him.

A nice chat through a letter came to us from Lyman Matthews,
1302-6th Ave. N. E., Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401. Lyman states: I
first subscribed in 1950 or 1951 and what a thrill the magazines
were as they renewed what I never expected to enjoy anymore ever
and the Iron-Men Album has been getting better throughout the
years. We have really enjoyed many reunions, both at Mt. Pleasant,
Iowa and Rollag, Minnesota and other smaller shows what a boost to
life they are! The stories, write-ups and pictures in the last
issue are really outstanding, especially The Dream of The Hell
Bound Train.

‘A year ago when I sent in my renewal I requested some
information on the Bryant steam engine and in the May-June issue
last year you made it known about my wishes and I received letters
containing pictures, write-ups and details of the Bryant from 12
swell persons from Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, California,
Nebraska, Montana and British Columbia and I answered all and wish
to thank them again.’

Wasn’t that a pleasant letter and just see how many people
came to Lyman’s aid – that makes us all happy!

Jay Kobiske of Route 3, Waupaca, Wisconsin 54981 sends in his
idea – he wishes there would be a club for literature collectors.
He says there is a club for everything else and that members of
such could exchange information and extra literature. Well,
that’s how these clubs get started -someone gets an idea – and
next there is an organization. Not quite that quickly though as it
takes time and a lot of effort to get something of this sort going,
but we wish Jay luck – perhaps he could start the ball rolling?

John A. Hinkle of R. D. 2, East Berlin, Pennsylvania 17316 tells
us: ‘That thresher on page 4 of Jan.-Feb. 1969 issue is a
Twin-City thresher made by the Minneapolis Steel & Machinery
Company. That round drum under the tailings elevator is an
auxiliary cylinder to thresh the tailings.’ Thanks John and
I’m sure some of our fans will appreciate your writing.

And another letter comes from W. E. Dearing of Suite 101, 10
Edmonton St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Mr. Dearing says:
‘Relative to your March-April Iron-Men Album queries. The
mechanical lubricator referred to on page 10 was known as ‘The
Acorn Oil Pump’. I do not know who made it but it was one of
the earliest, if not the earliest, pumps used on farm engines and
was used by many different companies. It’s use was so
widespread in the early years of this century one might presume it
to have been manufactured under royalty by these companies. As soon
as the sight feed, and later type pumps became available, the use
of the Acorn completely ceased.’

Thanks for this bit of information, Mr. D. We are so glad we can
all help each other through these columns.

James G. Stewart of Minnesota City, Minnesota 55959 sends us a
bit of info. ‘I want to write about a trip that I took a couple
of weeks ago to Archie Stevens at Millville, Minnesota. It was
really worthwhile as he certainly has a large collection of old
things. To begin with, he has five steam engines – a 25 HP Nichols
& Shepard, 18 Advance, 14 HP Austin and 2 Case engines. I think
one is a 60 HP and the other is a little smaller. He has several
other smaller ones too. There is a 30-60 Aultman & Taylor, a
20-40 Rumely Oil Pull and about 40 smaller ones of different makes.
One is a 1912 Bates Steel Mule. Also there is an Advance corn
shredder. All of these items are in sheds. There is a 1922 Ford
roadster and a few other cars and hundreds of small items such as a
two-row hand corn planter, lanterns, lamps and anything you’d
like to lay your eyes on. He has a Prairie Village pretty well set
up. He will have a store, church, salon, settler’s cabin,
barber shop, school, railway station when finished. He also has a
railroad under construction. He is making his own engine and cars.
When I got there he was working on an engine that he is going to
use on a merry-go-round, but he was kind enough to show us around.
Afterwards, he had me and my boy come in and have coffee. I have
been to quite a few of his shows, but I certainly enjoyed going and
seeing all these things. If any of you old timers want to see
something – it will be well worth your while to go and visit Mr.
Stevens.’

We owe a lot to these collectors of the ‘past ways of
living’ – they are protecting our heritage. So, if you get a
chance, why not drop out to Millville and see Archie’s
collection.

‘What stimulated me to get busy and write you is the front
page picture of the nice ROBINSON engine’, writes Ralph
Hussong, R. R. 2, Camp Point, Illinois (Mar.-Apr. 69 issue). ‘I
owned an 18 HP Robinson at one time and to add to my interest, my
first experience in engineering was with an old 10 HP Gaar-Scott. I
am told on good authority that Mr. Gaar and Mr. Robinson were first
cousins, so were friendly competitors; in fact much of the casting
work was done in the great Robinson foundry at Richmond, Indiana.
It seems that Robinson did heavy casting foundry work so the steam
engine was more of a side line to take up slack time.

‘In February 1955, my wife and I took a trip to the Atlantic
sea coast and in passing through Richmond, Indiana we found the
Robinson foundry still very active.

‘While passing along in steam engine history, I wish to note
that James Abram Gaar was the first, and for awhile, the only
engine builder who ground his brackets to fit the boiler.

‘Personally, I was a lover of both engines as they had a lot
of the same kind of blood in their manufacture.’

A bit of interesting information from Ralph and thanks for
writing us.

And in closing, just this little poem from Edward Hersey
Richards entitled ‘A Wise Old Owl’.

A wise old owl lived in an oak; The more he saw the less he
spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard: Why can’t we all be
like that bird?

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