SOOT IN THE FLUES


| May/June 1981



Soot in the flues

Greetings to each and every one of you out in Engine Landhere we are into another season of shows, reunions, get-togethers, whatever you choose to call it. One thing for sure, the common interest is there for engines, threshers, old time furniture modes of living, all memorabilia of years gone by. It is fun to relive the past, at least for just a few days a year. And what joy in meeting your old lifetime friends and new acquaintances and to hash over the particulars of the mutual points of interest. And now onto the letters that are instrumental to the success of this column.

BRUCE ATKINSON, Box 65, Monrovia, Indiana 46157 would like to see a story of steaming tobacco beds. He wants to know how they do it and for what purpose? Maybe someone acquainted with this item will write us an articlewe'll be waiting.

A letter from EDMAR TANGEN, 305 Sinclair Street, Bottineau, North Dakota 58318 tells us: 'The unclassified photo #3 in the March-April issue is a Minneapolis steamer, maybe about a 30 HP single cylinder. I would guess that it may be about 1909.' (Thanks Ed, we appreciate hearing the information on these pictures.)

An interesting writing comes from GARNETT B. FLACK, Edinburg, North Dakota 58227: 'This is in regard to the 110 Case shown on page 19 of the Jan.-Feb. 1981 I.M.A. If this engine is the one I think it is, it came from this area and used to thresh on our farm, 3 miles south of Milton, North Dakota.

Back in the early sixties when I first became a subscriber to the Album, I wrote a letter which was published in your magazine, in which I referred to this 110 Case which was equipped with power steering. This engine was owned by Mr. Nets T. Nelson of Union, North Dakota and he threshed for my father in 1915, when I was just a small boy.

A short time later I received a letter from the late Justin Hingten of LaMotte, Iowa telling me that he had purchased this engine and restored it. Nels Nelson's son, Theo, sold it to Mr. Hingten. To quote Mr. Hingten 'I loaded this engine in Union, North Dakota on a lovely summer day. It is now completely restored and is a beautiful engine.'