| November/December 1996

Once again, we're pleased that we're getting letters from readers who want to share opinions or seek information from others. And we encourage each of you to drop us a line whenever you think of something YOU would like to share with your fellow readers of IMA, or whenever you come across a question you can't answer.

As we work on this issue, fall is upon us. There are fewer shows to attend in the coming months, and many engines will be moved indoors for restoration work over the winter ahead. This is always a good time to write a story about YOUR steam traction engine, or about your group's show that was held last summer. We want to hear from you!
And now, on to the letters:

EDWIN H. BREDEMEIER, Rt. 1, Box 13, Steinauer, Nebraska 68442 writes: 'The article 'Why All Pitchforks Are Not Alike' by Dr. Robert T. Rhode got my attention because I have spent many hours using many pitchforks.

'The best wood handles that I ever came across were made by Union Fork and Hoe Company.

'I never experienced using a two-tine fork but the three-tines, commonly referred to by Dr. Rhode, had three lengths, 4 ft., 5 ft. and six ft., used mainly for handling grain bundles, oats, rye, barley and wheat.

'The four-tine was used for hay, manure and general clean up. The early ones I have seen are designed like this rather than like this.