SOOT IN THE FLUES


| September/October 1971



Soot In The Flues

Well, we are going down the other side of 1971 heading towards 1972-seems unbelievable, doesn't it, or maybe the time doesn't go as fast for you as it does for me. Do hope you are all enjoying the Reunions and meeting your old friends again renewing the past years and looking forward to the other ones ahead.

See where at a Reunion (or Rally) they had in Australia they had something really different at least I think so I quote: 'For the first time an egg and spoon race was included in the programme of ring events and all engines reached the finish line without a single egg broken, proving the skill of the crews and that a traction engine can be smooth and gentle. Now on to our letters.

J. A. SILLARS, 414 So. 5th St., Sac City, Iowa 50583 writes: 'We have an old potato cutter and have no idea how old it is. We have taken the following information that is on it. Potato cutter (hand) Aspinwall patents - Aspinwall Mfg. Co., Jackson, Michigan. (This is to cut potatoes to plant). No. 190 was on the frame. Another number 164N - 166N - 168N - 169N. I would like to find out how old this cutter is, if possible and if it would be of any value as an antique.'

I'm sure we must have some potato farmers in our Iron-Men Family - how about it?? Do you have the answers for Mr. Sillars?

A letter from across the waters from JOHN A. NORRIS, Box 21 Walkerville, South Australia 5081 in which he says: 'I receive the IRON-MEN ALBUM regularly and really enjoy it.' John also sent us a program of their Rally held last Nov. Dates for this year by the way are November 6 and 7, 1971 and it is The Lake Goldsmith Steam Engine Preservation Society that holds it. And like John said, 'You never know there may be enthusiasts from the U.S.A. visiting Australia and we would certainly welcome them to our show.'

THEODORE HAXALL, 4644 Hanover Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23226 writes: 'I am searching for a picture and over all dimensions of an A. B. Farquhar Co. 15 HP farm steam engine and boiler mounted on skids (stationary) or on wheels (portable) horsedrawn built sometime between 1850 and 1890. A. B. Farquhar manufactured steam engines at York, Pa. during this period according to information I have, but not yet verified.'