SOOT IN THE FLUES


| November/December 1976



Soot in the flues

Hey, got your Christmas shopping done? Well, this is the November-December issue and that means Christmas is on the way if only we could give 'salvation' as a gift, I'd send it to each of you, but can't be done that way you can have it, though, but it's up to you to accept the gift of Jesus into your heart and start growing and walking in God's will from there you'll never regret it!

Well, as most of you know I don't get to the reunions very often, but this year I had asked our Tommy if there was anything he particularly would like to do yet this summer. He told me he would like to go somewhere where he could stay in a nice motel overnight as he had never done this-now we have been to the shore in nice cabins, etc. but he had not been in a motel. So, I was fortunate enough to get a room right across the street from the Rough & Tumble Reunion at Kinzers, Pennsylvania and Tommy 11, and grandson, Ryan 7, and yours truly went down on Friday for the day and enjoyed the motel living that night and stayed for most of Saturday's activities and then headed home.

The boys enjoyed themselves just walking around taking in the many sights and activities as the oxen team, the sawmilling, the engines, large and small, and of course, they both like flea markets. The trip, all in all, was quite rewarding I like to do things with them and they keep you stepping they got quite a thrill out of the Shay locomotive that Bruce Gronninger had donated to the Museum, as they got to ride on it quite often and at times, up with the engineer.

I wasn't down to Kinzers last year, but it seems to me it really is growing in attendance. Upon arrival 11 met Mr. & Mrs. William Cunningham of Washington, D.C. we enjoyed a nice little chat....Then a handshake with Jim Layton and happy to talk with him. Later on almost literally bumped into Brown Loflin and Howard Latham from North Carolina. They are the spark plugs of the Fly-In and Thresher's Reunion had their sixth show this year..... Also talked with Nancy Hopper from Hesston, Pennsylvania who is quite active with the Morrison's Cove Association and travels to many other shows. She is quite versatile and promised to send me a story of her many interests and the story of her new house with the old cook stoves and I'm not sure how its done, but she cans with steam somehow and does 75 quarts at a time how about that? And she bakes bread in a stone oven I'm not sure if that's at one of the shows or at home-there were so many interesting tidbits we'll just have to wait until she sends us her story....Also spoke with Aaron Kauffman of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and bid the time of day with Johnny Mast, Gap, Pennsylvania.

Also had a few words with W. S. Eshleman of Lancaster who was the M.C. and was kept very busy.

It was really nice to get to meet some of you folks best of luck in the future with your shows.