SOOT IN THE FLUES


| September/October 1959

Well, from all the press releases we get, they must have had some time up in Saskatoon, Canada with the World's greatest Pioneer Show, 'Pion-Era'. Even the merchants went along with the show in promising 'real pioneer bargains'. They also handed out wooden quarters as change to customers which would be spent as 'good money' at the Pion-Era. Grandstand performances of the 'roaring 1920's' way back to the days when roving Indian bands ruled the plains. Great horseshoe contests, shows presented by purebred German Shepherds, one of the highlights being the demonstration of the dog-wheel and the dog treadmill helped get the daily chores done in the old days (Personally that is something entirely new to me, I've never heard of it). An Indian village where an Indian Show was held every evening, motorman the contrast between the early horseless carriages and today's power buggies; Kiddie's Land, featuring new items as 'bucking barrels'?? and a contest for the provincial pioneer, some outstanding citizen of over sixty years of age wit*1 a most-worthwhile prizesure sounded like lots and lots of interest and fun. Sorry we live so far away.

And I know all over the states, there are such 'goings on' and you good folks are just as enthused with the wonderful affairs close to you.

I want you people to know we do appreciate the friendly little notes and letters you send along so many times with your renewals. Sincerely, I wish we could answer each one but that is impossible. There is one thing does worry us though, it seems quite a few folks get aggravated with us because their picture or story isn't in just when they think it should be. Trouble is we have so many, and we can use nearly all of them, but when is another story. You get provoked at us when they don't appear or when we don't get them returned. Really what you should do is get prints made to send us instead of the original so you wouldn't be without it, and please don't feel too harshly toward us for not getting them in when you think we should. And then again when someone says we've had a picture a whole year or two that sounds like a lot of time but publishing only bimonthly really makes it only half the time I think you understand me, if we were putting out a magazine once a month we would be pleasing just twice as many folks by putting their articles and pictures in, but so tar we cannot do that.

Many of you people met Elmer, Earlene and Marsha at the Reunion at Montpelier. Some day I hope to go too. Right now, the Ritzman's are on their vacation to the New England States. Elmer is giving his Volks-wagon a real try-out. I'm sure they're enjoying every minute of vacation time.



Had a nice letter from Lloyd Burn of Central Lake, Michigan who hopes someday to meet us, we hope so too and hereby extend an invitation to any of you people to drop in and see us if you're passing this way. We're a typical family and its hard to tell what might be going on with the four age groups we have; it's like a four-ring circus most of the time. The older boy, Eddie, nearly sixteen, may be taking a 'work-out' on the weights which by the way are really proving themselves; or eleven year old Dana may be mixing up a new concoction in the kitchen, or sewing doll clothes, etc., or perhaps 5 year old Donnie and 2V2 year old Keli-Anne may be playing cowboys, squirt guns and all, but as I said, you're welcome. Sorry if I bore any of you folks sometimes with my 'family' talk, but I'll have to admit they are first on my list 'IRON-MEN ALBUM' plays second fiddle. (Horrors, I've said it!) I'm sure you would' nit expect it any other way. I do put a lot of time on the IRON-MEN ALBUM and try not to make mistakes and keep everyone happy in the ALBUM family and I think I'm rambling on too much so I'd better end with this thought. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. NO machine con do the work of one extraordinary man. Elbert Hubbard