SOOT IN THE FLUES


| May/June 1980



Soot in the flues

Hi! Can you believe as we get this May-June issue ready in February for printing that the winter is just about past?? Don't know whether or not you're interested in our weather, but we were very fortunate in this way as far as snow storms, etc. We didn't have to shovel any snow we had a few flurries and it did lay on the ground for awhile, but not much concern to anyone and not enough for sledding and snow mobiling which of course, called for a lot of disappointments for the snow lovers. Can't believe we are into another year already of shows and reunions. But, we are and so here we go with the letters:

CARL B. ERWIN, 106 South Elm Street, Newkirk, Oklahoma 74647 sends this: 'The picture at the bottom of the first page of unclassified photos, brings back memories to me. The engine is a 13 horse Gaar-Scott. Back in 1906 I began my career in a swamill, firing one exactly like it. My father and my uncle were using it to operate a sawmill cutting oak and hickery into wagon lumber.

The crew have their threshing rig all loaded on the car ready to go (up the country); probably farther north. This model of the Gaar-Scott came out about 1897. It looks fairly new, so the picture must have been made around the turn of the century. It is unlikely that any of the men in the picture are still living. Maybe some of their descendants can tell us more.

When I used to attend the steam engine shows in Indiana and Ohio, which would be Gaar-Scott country, I always looked for one of this model, but never found one.

Our next letter comes from CHARLES L. CHANDLER, Box 207, Ashkum, Illinois 60911: 'I saw the picture of that thing in Iron-Men Album, page 13 of March-April 1980 issue and Louis Miller is right it is a picture of a Case steam engine tender. About 1910 my father and my uncle each had one on their steamers. The axle of the thing swiveled; it had chains run from its axle and crossed under the engine, to the front axle of the engine. It guided from the front wheels and worked real good for threshing etc. but wasn't too good for drawbar work. It was a water tank up to about a foot from the top and a solid floor and the rest of the way up was for coal. I scooped many loads of coal from one of these things into the fire box of a Case engine.'

J. J. LESIUR, 703-55 Nassau Street N., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, needs some help: 'We have a 1904 Reeves double compound steamer. Currently, this is being restored for us by the Canadian National Railways. If you could put us in touch with some other Reeves owner, we will appreciate it.' (Sounds like pen pals are needed hereReeves owners, please write.)