SOOT IN THE FLUES


| May/June 1978



Soot In The Flues

HI! Hope by the time this magazine reaches you the snow will all be gone right now it's been melting a little bit each dayI pray it continues that way and that folks will be spared the disastrous floods and devastations that could be and somehow just comes to my mind right now 'And what is as rare as a day in June?? Well, this is the May-June issue, so we'll just look expectantly towards those balmy days ahead.

I've been wanting to tell you folks that the pressure of handling the growing magazine, becomes at times a bit too much for me, so Praise The Lord, I have someone helping me several days a week and many of you know her remember Kitty she worked for and handled the whole magazine business end of it after I had been so ill in 1966 with encephalitis.

She had a nice experience this past weekend when she, and husband, Earl and daughter, Cathy went as team members to share the Lord at a Lay Witness Mission out on the other side of Pittsburgh. She was happy to meet up with one of our Iron-Men Family members, and his wife, who were also there working for the Lord. His name is Tom Downing and he hails from Ellwood City, Pennsylvania 16117. And from all reports the Mission was quite fruitful. Hallelujah! While I don't know Tom personally, as soon as Kitty mentioned him, the name was very familiar, as he has sent numerous articles for both our magazines and I felt as though I knew just who she was speaking about. Reunions for the Lord's work are even more exciting than the steam and gas ones try it and see!

A letter comes from LOWELL BOYCE, 11003 River Road, N., Gervasis, Oregon 97026: 'Keep up the good work! I'm a young steam engine owner of a 12 HP Russell 15815 traction engine and was wondering if any of your readers could tell me what year the Russell Company started using the Bull as their trademark? Be looking for your answers!'

I wanted to mention was so sorry that I was not home when Herbert Reese and his wife stopped by to see me. Heard they stopped in Lancaster office and everyone enjoyed their visit. You'll have to try again folks!

The photos that have been printed from the (unclassified or lost file) always draw some comments this letter comes from MAX ZIMMER LEIN, R.F.D. 1, Sandwich, Illinois 60548: 'I have some information on Photo #7 from your page 23 of Jan-Feb. I.M.A. 1978. I took movies of this demonstration September 21, 1963 show. It was called Mississippi Valley Steam Show and was held on the farm of the late Justin Hinghten, near either LaMotte or Zwingle, Iowa. The engine was a Case, horsepower unknown. Operator was Harry Wood mansee, Dowling, Michigan. This photo with engine at top of the ramp tells you that Harry made it to the top, but that's not the whole story.