SOOT IN THE FLUES


| May/June 1979

Hi! Well - this is the May-June issue coming up but we surely are far from that kind of weather, but this issue will start the Shows and they'll be in operation for the next few months in fact, last issue had quite a few show dates entered. So hurry, get the polishing done and a drop of oil here, and a dab of paint there oops don't miss that spot there and I know you are all eagerly awaiting the day you can turn the key in the lock of your home and say good-by for awhile and head for the reunions and lots of luck to you and may you meet many new friends and renew your acquaintances from other years.

OOPS! I almost forgot to tell you the great news. We have a new baby around and it's wonderful. Our daughter Keli and Mike Gaffney had a little girl. Statistics in steam language are: No. 1-9-79, weight 8 lb., 12 oz., length 20' - model Kortni Lynn. Condition of little steamer A-1 shape. She's a beauty and quite vociferous. This is our fourth grandchild, but the others are ages 12, 10 and 9.I don't know about you but to me children are a gift of God lent to usquite a joy and a loving responsibility to raise them to know God.

On some letters CLYDE C. MONIHAN, St. Joseph, Missouri sends this letter 'There have been some very interesting articles in the Iron-Men Album about old machinery manufacturers. I wish some of the readers would write a history of the Emerson Branting-ham Geiser Works of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, when they started business and when and why they quit. Also would like to know everything they manufactured, etc. I am sure some of the readers in the East could give a good history of the company. I have never heard much about the company, but know that they built some very fine machinery possibly the best in its day.

I enjoy reading your magazine very much. (Thanks Clyde and here's hoping some of the readers take you up on your suggestion.



ALLAN I. BRANHAM, P.O. Box 518, Eagle River, Wisconsin 54521 is planning a new home this Spring and he would like to make it as self sufficient as possible. He has been thinking of a small steam engine as he has all the wood he needs for fuel; powering it with a 110-220 volt generator. He would like to know if this would be feasible. (If you have any ideas, please write him.)

STANLEY J. MOUSER, R.F.D. 1, Wellman, Iowa 52356 sends the following: 'The No. 4 picture on page 33, in the unclassified photos, in the Jan.-Feb. 1979 issue of The Iron-Men Album was taken some time ago at the Mid-West Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Bill Sater, who was then the president of the association, is operating the Prony Brake. I am sure the engine in the belt is a 20 HP Advance Rumley, owned by Dean Shellhouse, whose address was then Lavonia, Michigan; but, is now Fair-field, Iowa.