| May/June 1995

We are most appreciative that our readers are continuing to write in to our Soot in the Flues column. This time we hear from some of our mainstay contributors, as well as from some seeking help for the first time. This is a tribute to the fine job Anna Mae did for so many years, encouraging the sharing of information and assistance among our family of subscribers.

Our first letter comes from DICK HEAVEN, 155 W. Cross Street, Box 36, Clarksville, Michigan 48815, who writes: 'It's with regret that we have to write this, but we know that Anna Mae is in a better place with no pain and no worries. We sure miss her bits of wisdom, questions and faith in God that would shine through her articles. Many years ago she came with her boss, Reverend Ritzman, to National Threshers Association, and I believe Reverend had her running an engine with help. I guess it's up to us to keep the Soot in the Flues going in her memory. We appreciate her dedication and for a job well done.

'We went to Ypsilanti and picked up David and son Tom, and went to N.T.A. and it rained. It was so muddy on the grounds and we had such big plans.

'In July we went to Mason, Michigan, to the show there and camped, but on Saturday we returned to Lake Odessa for Depot Day. We are in the process of restoring the old 1888 Pere Marquette depot for a museum. It takes work and money. In August we had the Clarksville Steam and Gas Association Show on the 19th, 20th and 21st, our 5th year. We had more of everything engines, tractors, and people.

'Labor Day weekend we took the trailer and went to Milton, Ontario, to Steam Era. It was fun to watch their threshing contest.

'We also took time out to go to the Van Buren Fly wheelers. All in all, we had a pretty good summer.