| September/October 1992

Well, Happy Times are here again as you folks head down the many highways to the wonderful steam and gas shows and lots more interesting days of glorying in the 'days of yore,' reliving all the things that meant so much to all of you great followers of that wonderful era. And no matter how progress comes with each year and such great changes have occurred, it sure touches that certain inner feeling within us and brings out thoughts and memories and isn't it great to be with people who all have the same love of a certain hobby?

I'm hoping to get many letters from you folks as you come back home from the great shows and let me in on some of the personal conversations and fun that goes on when good friends get together. And by the way, thank you all so much for responding to my request for material. And don't get discouraged as every communication will be published, but I can't put them all in one or I won't be ready for the next issue. BUT, please keep the letters coming and we'll keep SOOT IN THE FLUES!

This next writing is on GRANDPARENTSit's so true and interesting and so this will pertain to a great percentage of Iron-Men followers: 'GRANDPARENTS They like to hold you in their laps, they don't get mad when you don't eat your vegetables. They boost your confidence. They like kids, and dogs, and cats. They really know how to tuck you in at night. They're not in such a hurry. They listen to funny music. They have the nicest smelling house. They always buy what you're selling. They don't mind when you make noise. They help with homework. They don't always know the answers, but they try. They never say, 'Hurry up.' They give good presents for your birthday. They are the only grownups who have the time. They like to go to the park, they don't get on the monkey bars though. They think you're the smartest, cutest kid on earth. They give you money and never say it has to be saved. They like it when you sleep at their house. They understand you when you cry. They take you places in their RV. They know how to explain things to Mom and Dad. They show your picture to everyone. They never put you on hold when they get a call-waiting signal. They listen to what you say. They have some weird old toys. They don't skip parts of a story or mind if it is the same story over again. They say they knew Mom and Dad when they were kids.' Author Unknown.

CARLTON A. JOHNSON, 2256 W. Wilson Road, Clio, Michigan 48420 writes: 'I have a little article about horse drawn hay mowers. I thought you might like to share it with our readers in your column.

'Eight or ten years ago, I noticed the old mowers were fairly common yet, on farms. They had out-lived most other farm machines, being made out of cast iron. They lasted longer. I saw them beginning to disappear, so I started to pick up different makes of mowers before they were gone.

'I have 25 mowers now. Twenty are of different companies. Here are a few of the names: Walter A. Wood, Jones, Champion, Buckeye, Stoddard, Ohio, David Bradley, Oliver and Adriance Platt.