| September/October 1998

Soot in the flues

Gary Yaeger

As we get this issue ready for the printer, we notice that we don't have quite as many letters in this column this month. Well, that's understandable, since this is, after all, the time of year when all of you are out attending shows and trucking your exhibits down the highways. Remember when you attend shows, especially new ones, to write us a letter about them, or better yet, a full show report! None of us can attend them all, so we rely on readers in different regions to keep us posted on what's going on in their environs.

And remember that we want to hear from you young people, too! We know that lots of teenagers and young adults attend these shows both with their families and on their own, and we are surely interested in what they have to say as well. This is a great place to get help if you're a new collector, or just a would-be collector who needs information. Now, on to this month's letters:

This letter comes from KEVIN SMALL, 1279 Perry Highway, Box 92, Portersville, Pennsylvania 16051, who writes, 'In the July/August issue of the IMA, Mr. Larry Creed responded to an article titled 'Something Different' submitted by Edwin Bredemeier of Steinhauer, Nebraska. Mr. Bredemeier's article is in the March-April IMA. Mr. Creed says that he would like to set the writer 'straight' about the content of his article. Because it did not pertain directly to steam, Mr. Creed seemed to be upset. I personally enjoy all articles submitted to the IMA even if it is not 100% steam. I am sure that Mr. Bredemeier (who is 88 years old) has more experience with steam engines, threshers and old machinery than Mr. Creed and myself combined! I personally do not know Mr. Bredemeier, but I do know that he has submitted lots of pictures and stories of steam engines and other machinery to the IMA for years. Many issues of the IMA from the 1950s to the present have had many stories of machinery not directly related to steam. 1 certainly enjoy articles from the old steam engine men the most. I hope Mr. Bredemeier will write more about his experiences with steam engines and other machinery as well. He is certainly entitled to do so in the IMA.

'I would like to contribute these pictures of 'steam engine legends.' I believe that between these five legends combined, they have saved nearly 150 steam engines and hundreds of other pieces of machinery such as tractors, threshers, sawmills, etc. They are heroes to me, and they are the reason many steam engines survive today for all to enjoy.

'Picture number one is of Emil J. Kudlacek of Seward, Nebraska, standing beside his 65 HP Case. Emil has owned 16 engines at one time many years ago, and has bought and traded many steamers throughout his lifetime. I believe he is 92 years old now. He also owned two 110 HP Case steamers and could have owned 12 different 110 Case engines as well. I met Emil at Rollag, Minnesota. He loves to talk about steam engines.

'Picture number two is of the late Chris Busch of Colton, Washington. He is standing next to the front wheel of his 1910 20 HP Avery pulling a Case thresher and straw carrier. Chris had a collection of 50 steam engines. He passed away in the early 1950s, but his name still brings back memories to many of the steam engine men in the Pacific northwest. This 20 HP Avery is still shown today. It is now owned by Willis Abel of Finleyville, Pennsylvania.