SOOT IN THE FLUES


| November/December 1971



Soot in the flues

I just can't believe i there it is the Nov.-Dec. issue already and I forgot to wish you Happy School Days, Spooky Hallowe'en, and a Happy Fallboy that's a play on words, isn't it? Don't take it seriously, I mean have an enjoyable autumn. Now that that is done, I can bring you Blessed Thanksgiving and Season's Greetings and Happy New Year and that brings me up to date real fast even if I am sitting here perspiring at the typewriter this hot one of the last summer day sat least calendar-wise.

I want you to know I haven't been to a Steam Reunion for a couple of years but this past week Tommy and I made a trip over to Williams Grove for a few hours and enjoyed the festivities there. My, how that Show has grown since I had last seen it. They really had quite a few large engines there and many oil-pulls and gas tractors and numerous smaller gas engines. Seemed like everyone was having a great time. Spoke to Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Nichols from Stafford, New York for quite a while they were making the rounds of several steam shows throughout the area. Chatted a few minutes with Pauline and Elmer Schaefer of Yoe, Pa. and heard many familiar names over the microphone (familiar to me from dealing with them through the magazines, but not as far as knowing them personallyI'm sorry I didn't meet each of you and have a gab session, but it's almost impossible to do this). I'm happy for the Show that they had such a nice turn-out and I believe they had pretty good weather for most of the days. Lots of Luck to Williams Grove Steam Engine Assoc. may you continue to grow in engines and friends.

K. D. GINGERICH, 2060 Lynn St., Sanford, Michigan 48657 would like any information you may have on the Pickering governor for a steam engine a 22 or 25 HP Advance Rumely. So get your pens in hand and drop K. D. a few lineshe's waiting to hear from you.

From MIKE HEY, Wellsville, Kansas 66092 we read: 'We just received the catalog and enjoy reading it. I see on page 43, Sept.-Oct. Iron-Men you have a write-up on the Doble Steam Car. We went through part of the factory. It was more than just a car, it was a steam plant. It would pass you on the street and you could not hear itit just ran so quiet. Howard Hughes bought onehe was worth billionsa high priced car. The factory was in Oakland, California. My wife and two children spent the winter out there. Never saw a flake of snow and just water in the radiator of my car-nice climate we were out sighting.

A line about the Doble Steam Car. They have no transmission, no clutch, no reverse gear. When you want to go back, just reverse the engine. It has a reverse lever and a steam throttle. The engine crankshaft is connected to the tail shaft to the rear axle. The engine has two cylinders like the Reeves steam engine. No dead center. It was a heavy car, a wonderful car, just too high priced.'

Nice informative letter from Mike and then he added: 'A June bug has a wing of gold A Lightening bug has a wing of flame A Bed bug has no wings at all, but he gets there just the same.'