This is the time of year when all you Iron-Men Album Readers are in your glory visiting all the Reunion spots in the country. Time again to renew friendships and to check the workings of all the steam engines and threshermens equipment. Time again for good old 'gab sessions' and delicious dinners served at so many of the Reunions by the local church or fireball folks. Time again to notice the new steam engine fans (or might be) that have been born since the last years Reunions. And oh yes, I often wonder how many romances blossom at these Steam Engine Shows. After all, young love probably looks as good on a steam engine as in some other setting, how about it Marsha? ? I hear David Gilson (Elmer's grandson) also enjoyed the Montpelier Reunion. Now then, I had a letter awhile back from J. A. Miller, Route 1, Russellville, Ky. and he writes, 'In the CBS Television Show Petticoat Junction, at the end of the show, when they are giving acknowledgements and credits, they say that the train is the courtesy of Barbara Coast, Hoyt Hotel, Portland, Oregon. I was wondering if someone from the Oregon area could give us a write-up about the train, as many of us would be greatly interested. 'That's not a bad idea anybody out Oregon way know anything about this??
Also an inquiry from Robert G. Schall, R. D. 2, Box 231-E, Nazareth, Penna. Bob writes, 'I have a small metal turning lathe and some tools and would like to build a 2 inch scale Case or larger model. Would like to hear from some of you readers who have built them. Tell me what material you used and where to get the castings and blueprints. I would also like to know about home Foundry Work in brass and copper.' If you can answer Bob, I'm sure he will be glad to receive your letters.
Another inquiry from C. T. Henderson, Waukee, Iowa 'Would any of the readers of the ALBUM know anything of the White Thresher Co. at Clemons Grove, Iowa? Is there still a town by that name. I just found the name and address stamped on the grain tube of the loader of the 36 x 60 wood framed Advance Thresher that I have. What did this company manufacture beside this tube? I would be interested to know more about it.' According to my post office book, C. T. I can tell you there is no Clemons Grove, Iowa listed, but there is a Clemons, Iowa. Outside of that I am not much help, so maybe someone else will write you.
And another question from H. Bath of 6 Lunt Ave. Netherton, Liverpool 10, Lancashire, England. Mr. Bath asks, 'How did the round spoke driving wheels stand up doing haulage? Can you help us on this question?
Also there is a notation to be made according to a letter from W. E. Arnett of Haviland, Kansas. He writes us, 'In the May-June issue on Page 24 there is a 10 hp Stillwater. It is my engine, No. 2723 and also on Page 57 is the same engine, showing at Friends Bible College.' The picture was sent in by John Maxwell of Benton, Ohio, but we did not know who owned the engine.
Many of you folks seem interested in my family and while I don't like to write too much on that item, in case you wouldn't be interested, I thought you might like to see the picture of the whole family and believe me it took quite a while to get the gang together to get a family picture, for when Father would be home from the railroad, Eddie would be away and couldn't get home from college and etc. so after about 4 re-scheduled appointments, we made it. Eddie is 21, Dana is 16, Donnie is 10 and Keli is 7. AND NOW wouldn't you know it? ? After all those efforts to get a family picture we are now awaiting the arrival of little 'Me too'. So by the next issue of the magazine there will be another little Branyan as due date is sometime towards the end of August. Just joking about the picture deal, we ae all very happy about our new member but it will be awhile before we can get the clan gathered together again for another sitting.
And in closing, there is never a right way to do a wrong thing. The successful person is the one who went ahead and did the things you intended to doDo unto others as if you were others. God looks most where man looks least at the heart.