| November/December 1998

It's hard to believe that summer has about come and gone by now, and soon it will be time to gather for Thanksgiving again. As schools seem to start the year earlier and earlier, we are reminded that there was a time when most of America's children were needed to help at harvest time and school could not begin until late in September. Fortunately, we have the many engine shows to remind us of how much hard work went into producing food in an earlier time. As Americans have moved away from the farm and into the TV room, an engine show becomes more and more necessary as an educational tool for our children. We're proud to be a part of promoting the preservation of antique farm machinery and the demonstration of life the way it was earlier in this century.

Don't forget to send us your show reports, as it is great publicity for your club, and helps bring new people out to your show. If you are one of our' show contacts,' who take care of giving us information for our annual directory, you'll be hearing from us soon. This will be our 25th edition, and we're hoping to make it a real keepsake. If you have photos of early shows or special events from past years, please send them to us now, and specify that they are for the 1999 Show Directory. Also, if the show contact has changed, and you think we might not know about it, please drop us a line as soon as possible we DON'T want to miss you!

And now, on to the letters:

DOUGLAS M. SCHEETZ, president of The National Russell Collectors Association, 561 29th Street, N.W., Massillon, Ohio 44647, writes, 'A group of Massillon, Ohio, area owners of Russell & Company-built equipment have organized The National Russell Collectors Association.

'Until it was sold at auction in 1927, The Russell & Company was one of the largest producers of industrial and agricultural equipment in the nation. This company helped put Massillon, Ohio, on the map.'

'The association's goal is to locate and document, by serial number, owner and past history, as many pieces of Russell equipment and related items as possible. By doing this we hope to prevent some of these items from being lost forever. In addition, the association will become a network for all who are interested in The Russell & Company and the preservation of its history and equipment.'