| November/December 1977

Can this be the Nov.-Dec. issue, possibly? I don't know with all these instant soups, instant coffee, instant tea, etc. maybe we're getting instant years they surely don't last long anymore. Well, it's not really quite that bad, but truthfully, the days go rolling by turning into weeks, then months, then the year is up. And I think what better things could I have done in this past year?? Did I use all my time wisely? And in serving others? And doing the Lord's will at all times? I'm sure I can't answer affirmatively in all these things, but I'm still trying.....

Do you realize we are already into the Christmas Season? At least commercially, that is which really isn't the most important thing. Gifts are nice, but if we would really have the true Christ-like spirit all year and be helping those around us at all time SLending a hand when needed, an ear just to listen, a casserole or cake when someone has been ill or is so burdened with trials, or even that little note we should write, or that smile we can give at all times aren't these all gifts from the heart that say, I love you God, and I love you too? As we go forward toward 1978 let's try and do more positive deeds for our fellow man and try to overlook the mistakes or wrong things others do, and love each other Why?? because He first loved us...........and onto the letters I know you are waiting to read.

QUENTIN W. SHULTZ, Box 83, Griswold, Iowa 51535 sends this along: 'Greetings from out here in Iowa. I have been a continuous subscriber since 1953 and have all back copies of your fine hobby magazine to date. I often get them out and reread some of the old stories. It seems so many of those fine old timers are now gone. I have several hobbies, but nothing excites my soul like the old steam threshing rigs I have a complete Case outfit 50 HP engine, water wagon and 32' separator. Each year I get to play steam engineer at Eshelman's Show near Grant, Iowa. It is a great thrill to stoke that old fire box and listen to the exhaust chuckle as the bundles are fed into the separator occasionally a tough bundle will cause the governor to kick out several loud barks, then settle down even again. I guess these are the things that cause me to once more endure the heat, dust and soot for a three day period while I could be sitting by my air conditioner.

This year all galvanized piping on our engines has to be replaced with cast iron to pass Iowa boiler laws. If it's safer, then I'm for it. I'll be looking forward to each issue for another year. (I was a World War II liberator pilot51 combat missions.)' (Thank you Quentin for writing and thank you for being a pilot too many of us never tell you wonderful men how we have appreciated your part in keeping America-still the best land of all.)

WALT THAYER, Wenatchee, Washington 98801 writes us of one of his trips this summer: 'On Sunday, August 21, I drove to Leavenworth, Washington to attend the Annual Chelan County Old Timer's Picnic and mostly to get photos of Nile Saunder's 12' gauge Peshastin Great Western Railway and some of the antique cars that would be present. A light rain in the A.M. (first in seven weeks) kept some people home, but it cleared up by noon.

When I got there, I saw nothing of Nile or his train, only two antique Model T's and about one third of the usual crowd. I guess Nile wasn't there with his train, due to being in the middle of harvesting his pear crop, plus the extra work of loading rails and engine, hauling them several miles to Leavenworth, then unloading and laying mile of circular track. Even with helpers, it's still a lot of work for a man of 76 years. Perhaps he'll have more time later this fall at the Autumn Leaf Festival, as his little train draws a crowd wherever he takes it. Kids climb aboard his train for a free ride, like bees on a honeycomb and Nile is more than happy to accommodate everybody.