By the time you receive this magazine, I'm sure the crocus will be popping its head through the hardened groundit's Spring again! New birth, new beginnings, new engine season, new friends each day a new day to better serve God; and there is some daffodils and isn't that violets over there neath the backyard bushes a beautiful time of year. Oh yes friend, there is much sadness and tragedy in this world, but we can look daily to our Creator and the beauty of nature breathe in God's air, God's thoughts, God's ways aren't you glad you were born? You are a special person you know, there's only one exactly like you God has a plan for you. Step out into God's Spring and let His will for you take overwalk in His way and enjoy Spring 1982it will be great for you.
Before I get to the letters, I would like you to read another tale from Wellsprings of Wisdom by Ralph L. Woods. It goes like this: The untouched heart among the students at a college was a young man on crutches. Although not a handsome fellow, he had a talent for friendliness and optimism, and he earned many scholastic honors and had the respect of his classmates. One day a new student asked him what had caused him to become so badly crippled.
'Infantile paralysis,' replied the genial young man.
'With a misfortune like that,' exclaimed the other fellow, 'how can you face the world so confidently and so happily?'
'Oh,' replied the polio victim, 'the disease never touched my heart.'
And now onto our letters:
A short notice comes from EDMAR TANGEN, 305 Sinclair Street, Box 225, Bottineau, North Dakota 58318 as he tells us: 'In regard to unclassified photo #3 in the March-April issue, if you will look at the front cover of the Jan.-Feb. 1960 issue of the Album I think you may find some connection between the two. They may have been taken at about the same time. Mr. Blakerand Mr. Newkirk are also pictured in the group issue of 1982. I believe the man at the far left is the Rev. Elmer Ritzman. (You are right Ed, that's our Elmer. I know we have had similar pictures in the magazine. I believe the place was at Mr. Blaker's home.)
'Picture #1 is of a Minneapolis steamer and separator and #2 is also a Minneapolis.'
JOHN A BURKHART, Route 2, Box 3259 Twp. Road 629, Loudonville, Ohio 44842 says: 'I am restoring an Aultman & Taylor steam engine. It was made sometime between 1917-1924. What are the colors on the pin stripes? It is a 25 HP. When I get it finished, I will send you a picture.' (We'll be looking for it John.)
Anyone having any information about the colors of a 1913 Case 65 HP steam engine, please write to the magazine.
G. E. HOFFMAN, 9312 173 A Street, Surrey, B.C. Canada V3S 5X7. Phone 604-576-2556 has just recently purchased a 25-75 Gaar-Scott engine. This is a 1913 model single with high pressure boiler. It is in excellent original condition and only needs cleaning and painting. He would like to contact other Gaar-Scott owners in pursuit of paint striping and decal information.
Here's a fellow needs some help! TOM LIVINGSTON, Box 423, Fortuna, California 95540, phone 707-725-3177 writes: 'The Steam Automobile Club of America referred me to you and said you might be able to supply some information on early steam engines, brass frames, the kind that was used in small steam buggies. I have two of this type engine, the serial numbers on them are 957 and 968. Any help in finding out what year and who made them would be greatly appreciated.' (Help him out guys, maybe he'll join our family.)
Here comes some help from CHUCK LYONS, N. 1322 Bessie Road, Spokane, Washington 99206 as he writes: 'I am writing to say I think your serial number vs. year listings will be some of the most useful information you could give your readers. I hope you'll continue with those of other tractor manufacturers (such as Hart-Parr, Case, Cat, Ford-son, AC, etc.) and gas engine manufacturers.
For the Iron-Men Album, here is a summary of serial numbers for Case steam engines based upon the list published (not copyrighted) by H.S. Wood of Wallace, Nebraska:
J.I. CASE Threshing Company Steam Engine Serial Numbers
I think your newer readers, those who began too late to get a copy of Wood's booklet, will find the above list very helpful.'
We're happy to hear from one of our contributors as MELVIN R. GRENVIK, 115-lst Avenue, N.E., Kenmare, North Dakota 58746 writes: 'I haven't written for some time, but I note that the unclassified photos for the Jan.-Feb. 1982 issue has a couple of very interesting engines and I'd like to put in my two cents worth by discussing them in order.
#1. This engine is a Gaar-Scott. Some might say Nichols & Shepard and indeed the smokestack and fuel bunker are typically N. & S. But two other features contradict it. The top-mounted water tank is behind the smokestack, as opposed to the front-mounted tank found on N.&S. But the real giveaway is the double height fire door, which as far as I know was not used on N.&S. I have to say it's a Gaar-Scott.
#2. This could also be sticky. I believe this Case engine is a 75 HP. Here again, for example, the left hand fuel bunker is either a production run that I've never seen, or has been modified on top to facilitate filling. From the size of this machine, I would have said 80 HP model, except for one thing the independent steam pump for boiler feeding visible to the left of the crank disc. This style pump was used until the end of production on the 60 HP and 75 HP only to the best of my knowledge.
One obvious feature on this engine will no doubt cause some readers with sharp eyes to disagree with me. That is the smokestack. These readers will be right about that. The steel stack seen on this engine was either used in very late 75 HP production, or the original cast stack has been replaced. We may hear from A. L. Rennewanz on this one. He has always had a sharp eye for these things and we are agreed completely on identification in the past. If A.L. tells me I'm wrong, I'll listen to him.
I don't consider myself an expert on the Case engines, but I've studied this line more than any other. And once in a while, a strange one comes up. For instance, I've seen a picture of a 110 HP built in 1906 with flat spokes in the drive wheels only. And the 75 HP built in 1910 only was a much different looking engine hardly looks like a Case. Steam dome set far forward on the boiler, for instance. I think this version of the 75 HP was built only in 1910.
#3. This engine is a Birds all about 12 HP built about 1900 or so. This engine had the automobile type front wheel steering arrangement.
#6. The engineer on this Frick engine looks very bored with the whole thing. (He probably prefers Case or Advance.) Apparently Frick switched from the left hand steering wheel in 1916. I've seen Frick engines made both ways in 1916 and the later ones I've seen all have the wheel on the right.
I had my first taste of running a steam engine last summer. During our antique auto show, I ran a 1/2 scale Gaar-Scott double that is owned by Willard Olson here in Kenmare. I was gratified to see that the engine attracted probably more attention than the carseven the young people expressed much interest. I answered questions about the engine all day until I was hoarse but I had a ball.
I will welcome hearing from anyone, even if they want to question my identifications. I'm certainly not infallible, and I can learn from anyone. Thank you for the continuing high quality of our magazine.'
Some comments on unclassified photos from Nov.-Dec. 1981 issue comes from WALT THAYER, Box 85, Wenatchee, Washington 98801: He says, #1 could be a big Peerless-Geiser or Nichols & Shepard, but not sure. Probably threshing, sawing wood or small sawmill. #2 rear view of either Aultman Taylor or Minneapolis. I'm not an authority on tractors. #3 looks very much like a 90 or 110 HP Case, but more likely an Aultman Taylor. Never saw a Case with that cylinder arrangement. #4 Thanks for the buggy ride, I had a wonderful time!a nice looking buggy and couple and a fine looking 'hoss'looks like a Percheronlor a Morgan. #5 looks like an old one horse tread mill, very scarce. #6 looks like an old stationary Russell had to be moved by tractor or horses. #7 an old feed chopper or hammer mill with sandwich type wooden flywheel, a rare machine.' (I think a lot of our fellows like to send in their opinion of the unclassified photos. Some are very sure and some are not so sure, but it has proved to be an interesting subject and we will have some, so whenever possible we'll be printing them.)
Bidwell Bean Thresher
CARLTON JOHNSON, Clio, Michigan 48420 sends a letter that I'm sure many of you will find interesting and also a copy of a Bidwell Beaner thresher: 'Different people have asked in the Iron-Men Magazine about bean threshers. I have copied a print of a Bidwell Beaner out of one of their early catalogs. The Bidwell Company was located in Batavia, New York. They specialized in beaners but built grain threshers also. Their beaners were common in Michigan.
The Westinghouse Co. shows a bean thresher in their 1897 catalog and the following companies also built popular bean threshers: Buffalo Pitts, Greyhound, Keck-Gonnerman, Huber, and Baker.'
A letter comes from EDWIN H. BREDEMEIER, Route 1, Box 13, Steinauer, Nebraska 68441: 'I thought I would write a few memories and comments on the contents of some of the later IMA magazines. First, Herb Reese, about early 30 Cats. The first 30 Cat that I ever owned and operated had the operator's seat on the rear above draw bar, the steering on the rear. It was a good work horse, but you had to be careful crossing a bump as it would buck you off. One needed double seat belts.
Then about Charles Huston's article on 40 x 72 Case tractor. I remember as a small boy, I went along with my father to the Case Company branch office in Lincoln, Nebraska and they had just unloaded a 40 x 72 off of a railroad car. It appeared as a monster. It was to go to the Nebraska State Tractor test lab. When I saw it, the skid rims and lugs were on but the exhaust was still covered. They were filling it with oil and were going to reload on a railroad car to ship it across town to the test lab. It was too heavy to drive on the streets. It was tested as test No. 90. They had to get an extra heavy drive belt for the belt test.
Mr. Huston mentions the enclosed gears. That was the reason my father chose a 15 x 27 Case for his first tractor because he had experience with steam engine gearing.
I have a constructive gripe about the advertisers in the magazine. I think they could at least give their town and state if not their name and that way a person would know the distance before he makes a call.
Cliff Magnuson mentions clean air, water and soil in Jan.-Feb. 82 IMA. Well, did you readers know that air, water and soil. are the world's basic resources? Take any one of the three away or destroy it and no life can exist. So much for the sermon!
The unclassified photos always fascinate me. On page 17 Jan.-Feb. 82 top of page, I wonder if the engineer knows his smoke box door is open. If he were running my dad's engine, he would be instructed on what do do about that. Also the rear wheels are different. Did Samson and GMC have a wheel called sieve grip? Well, a steam engine had that type of wheel before tractors were using them. Keep up the good work and best wishes for 82.'
GEORGE W. EVES of 30 Blaydon View, Milborne, St. Andrew, NR. Bland ford Forum, Dorset, England sends this most interesting letter: 'Here's a letter from lil' ole England....strike bound, snow bound, petrol 1.79 a gallon, but thank Heaven we still get your Iron Men Album to cheer we old steam men from one pension day till the next and arising from your center page (20, 21) in the last issue, Jan.-Feb. 82 here is a little daylight from me which I hope will interest at least a few of your readers, in return for the pleasures they afford me. What follows is fact, not the imaginations which clutter up most of today's steam books.
Now both my old Grandfer and my old Dad were steam men from almost birth and were avid collectors and had it not been for one of Hitler's minions depressing the bomb dropping switch at an ill-timed moment, I would still have possessed a priceless collection of steam lore instead of a well-remembered pile of ashes and so many of my boyhood recollections are still rattling around in my top story, and it is this which enables me to set down the following for your delight. The fact your line drawing came from a German catalogue just shows we were exporters back in the last century of steam jackles.
No. 1 picture is a Foster steam tractor developed in 1910 for the British Army maneuvers on Salisbury Plain to move a hundred soldiers or a seige gun over road less terrain rapidly; which it did with consummate ease. It was armour plated, but this was only proven when un-manned on gun ranges. A year later a petrol engine version was also proven, but the Flanders mud in the Kaiser's war was its undoing, both versions, (1914).
No. 10 has nothing to do with fueling railway engines. It's a tender designed to pick up water and thus replenish tender tanks at speed, from water troughs laid in between rails. Used extensively in this country on long distance trains, it could replenish a tender tank in 300 yards. Engines whistled furiously on approaching these water troughs, for if passengers forgot to close windows in the front coaches, they got an unscheduled bath and no towels provided.
No. 3. Is a steam horse by McGowans of Scotland. This pulled a 30-seater lesser stage coach, but the bad roads defeated it. On a good level stretch 30 MPH was easily maintained. It plied for hire between London and Edinborgh for a year, before uneven roads took toll of its boiler and chassis.
No. 5. The evolution of the simple horsedrawn portable steam engine to a self-mover by Avelings. In order to fascilitate steering by the single wheel on the road, a rack and pinion device was fitted whereby the front pair of wheels could be raised clear off the ground, but lowered in the farm yard when threshing, sawing, pumping, etc. for added stability. My Grandfer drove one such engine for many years, although the steersman back to the smoke box door always
had a bag of straw behind him, not supplied by the engine builders; even so bath chair type of steering could not have been easy on the rotted roads of that era.
No. 2. A further improvement of the self-moving engine developed by Tuxfords, Savages and Marshalls and called Farmers Engines. Used extensively on road haulage, Dad recalls seeing them pass our cottage en route for the Thames docks with 100 ton anchors and 80 ton anchor chains. The most economical threshing engine ever; would thresh a 12 hour day on 4 cwt of good coal. The steerman unable to sit back to the smokebox on the road had to stand, and was paid an extra three pence 'standing money.'
No. 4 was the forerunner of the Caterpillar tractor. Built by Boydells for the War Office from moving siege guns over the marshy terrain during the Boer War, it laid down its tracks and picked them up again; would have been an instant success had the right materials been on hand to make the track plates. As it was breakages were all too frequent, not too bad on a country lane, but in battle zones with bullets flying, it was no go. On its trial it towed an 87 ton naval gun from Woolwich where it was made in 1895 to Depford Docks faster than any man could walk and then hoisted it into its gun turret with its own winding drom amid 'cheers from the populance.' The ship's steering was dead easy, while the clear view ahead was of great advantage in country lanes.
No. 6 was obviously intended for your northern snowbound forests, and would have imagined made steering a nightmare and whether intended for tracks or rails, is left to one's imagination.
No. 7 This type of railway engine first appeared at the White City Exhibition, London, in 1912. Intended for circular tracks, only its rear wheel on the near side was driven, the others ran free on their axles. This idea was to prove popular on fairgrounds, where tracks ran between winding painted scenery, but the Kaiser's War killed that kind of genteel amusement stone dead.
Pictures 11,12, and 8 I am sure can be answered more accurately from your side of the pond.
All engines numbered were built in England. Yours with a wave of a hand!'
Some more comments on unclassified photos come from ALFRED NEUSCHAFER, Enterprise, Kansas 67441 as he says: 'Received the March-April 1982 IMA and on page 18, Photo #1 was taken in August 1920 in Ellsworth Co., Kansas. The machine in this scene is a Minneapolis engine and separator bought new that year. The owner of the machine is Fred Nike, now deceased, standing on the separator. My brother, John, and I are sitting on the grain wagon in right of picture. I was 9 years old and my brother was 7. My father, Henry Neuschafer, took the picture. I suppose my brother and I are the only persons living today from this picture. Old steam engineers would say that engineer in the picture was wasting coal. I still remember that engineer saying that he threw in 3 or 4 shovels of coal to make this picture to make lots of smoke.'
Some pictures come from DORR HAMPTON, 3508 Molski Hwy., Hawks, Michigan 49743 and with them this writing: 'The only information I have is it was a tragedy that happened in the late teens or early 20's in the vicinity of Clarksville, Michigan, east of Grand Rapids, Michigan. I would like to hear from someone that remembers that tragic day.' (Anyone out there know anything about these.)
If you can help GERALD SCAN-LAN, Box 625, Venedy, Illinois 62296 with his problems, he'll be mighty glad to hear from you. He writes: 'I am trying to find some information on two old steam engines I own. These are stationary engines.
One is an Ideal tandem compound which is hooked directly to a General Electric D.C. generator. The engine was built by A. L. Ide & Son, Springfield, Illinois. The other is an Aetna steam hoist, double motion, built by Aetna Iron Works. All I can find out about the hoislt on the Aetna Co. is that it was located at the corner of Second & Adams Street, Springfield, Illinois. The company was later known as Lowry, Lamb & Co. In 1855 Mr. John C. Lamb became sole owner of the company. The above information is from 'The History of Sangamon County, Springfield, Illinois.'
Mr. William Worthington, Jr., of the Smithsonian suggested I contact you about the Iron-Men Album Magazine. Any information you can give will be greatly appreciated. I am trying to find someone that would be interested in preserving this type of machinery.' (Help this man, friends and maybe we'll have another new member in the IMA Family things are looking up, aren't they?)
HOWARD SHARRAR, 92 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1K2 would like information on the old steam hoisting or donkey engines such as was used on building construction. He will be happy for any history on steam hoisting engineering. He is hoping someone out there knows something on this subject. So are we!
Here comes some help on getting engines out of the mud as ELSNER MACHACEK, 714 Union Street, Northfield, Minnesota 55057 tells us: 'I read the article Mr. Downing had, page 12, in the Mar.-Apr. 1982 issue of the ALBUM. It seems to me like they did a lot of unnecessary work to get the engine out of a mud hole. My father sold and repaired the Minneapolis steam engines for many years. We pulled many engines out of mud holes with ease. Just wind a heavy rope around the flywheel, run the end to 20 or more feet in front of the engine. Put the clutch in. Tie the rope to a pick-up or any truck for that matter and start to pull. The engine will move right out with ease.
If the engine is steamed, do not run it. The engine must remain dead when you start to pull it out with a truck or tractor. We used a Model T Ford one ton truck for power.' (Does that help any of you fellows? We hope so.)
In closing I'd like to leave you with a few thoughts You will never have a friend if you seek one without faults.------If you growl all day, it's natural to feel dog-tired at night. -Our words may hide our thoughts, but our actions will reveal them. -Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not to manipulate. - If you were another person, would you like to be a friend of yourself?? that's a good one to ponder, and with that, I bid thee farewell for this time and do have a great summer and keep the hobby a happy one.