SOOT IN THE FLUES


| November/December 1972



SOOT IN THE FLUES

Christmas issue coming up and the engines aren't even cooled off as a matter of fact, they're still steaming here and there over the country. But by the time you're reading this, many will be shedded and tucked away for another year, some may be lucky enough to get steamed up now and then throughout the winter while others will look regal in their white snowy attire don't ask me why, but I think an engine looks pretty with a covering of snow just like I'm partial to the horse pictures that come in or I particularly like locomotives with a long stream of smoke trailing behind. Just some of my 'druthers' you know how they say' I'd rather see an engine with snow than just sitting in the cold without the white dress'.

Made one of the Reunions this year Yep! Tommy, my little side-kick and myself went to Kinzers for Saturday of their Show real nice day many, many people, lots of exhibits and doings. We enjoyed ourselves and surely Tommy did as Earlene sent him out for candy-he went for a walk with Dave Egan and came back with a tummy full of french fries and then Mary Egan took him for an ice-cream cone. That was all after I had gotten him his lunch at the stands. After the show we all helped get the van packed and started for home but stopped at a most pleasant restaurant way out in the country, good food and good air out among the corn fields. Had to watch the bustling traffic of the Amish buggies though. They surely keep those buggies in fine shape, so shiny and clean, as are their farms. And as it was getting pretty dark I never realized they have two lights up on them I suppose they were lanterns. All in all, we had a nice day! Yep! We saw 12 Clems!

Now I'll explain that last remark we were driving along and Tommy says-There's a Clem, there's a Clem! He was excited and it took me awhile to figure what he meant. He meant the Amish-man in the buggy. My Hubby has a habit of calling anyone he doesn't know 'Clem'. It's just a name he likes, and is supposed to be very neighborly. And when we are driving sometimes, people wave or acknowledge and he says 'Hi Clem'.'. So Tommy says we saw 12 Clems!

Now onto the letters and writings for this issue! Last month we mentioned a company that sells steam engines and I'd like you also to know that another place to get steam models would be to write to Herb Eltz, R. D. 1, Box 109, Juniata, Nebraska 68955. As I mentioned before we get letters sometimes asking for places to get steam engines and off hand we don't know, as we have not kept an index on this we shall try to do more in this area in the future. So you fellows, if you are interested write to Herb!

KEN R. MOWRER, SR., 721 Leonard Street, Piqua, Ohio 45356 is a victim of emphysema and he writes: 'It was so kind of you printing my letter in the May-June I. M. A. I have received two lovely letters from two gentlemen that are more or less, in my condition.

They wrote very interesting letters of the type of work they did in other years. One man worked with steam threshers, ran Huber and Russell outfits, farmed some, worked in coal fields of Pennsylvania and Ohio.