SOOT IN THE FULES


| September/October 1969



Joseph Ernst

Joseph Ernst of Pontiac, brings his hand-carved models of engines to display. (Imagine hand-carved! Bet that took quite a few hours work - Anna Mae.)

Well, all you folks who get the Gas Engine Magazine know our new little grandchild has made his appearance - a wonderful little boy born May 12 and weighed in at 8 lb. 4? oz. 21? in. and named Ryan Robert Fortenbaugh and has already won all our hearts. And on June 3rd we had a wonderful experience as Eddie, Kathi, daughter Stacy Jo and the new little fellow, Lance, came to visit us and we all got together ooh and aahing over the two newest members of the families. Lance was three months old the day they visited and so of course knew much more about the world than little cousin, Ryan. And of course, Stacy, who is now 2? is just full of questions and some pretty good answers too. It all made for an enjoyable family reunion. Thank God for these moments.

A belated congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. William S. Graves who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on May 15. (Yes, I said 65 years of married life). Mr. Graves is a retired thresher and saw mill man and at the age of 92 still walks to town and reads the newspaper without glasses. Mrs. Graves still enjoys cooking and baking and keeps her cooky jar full of homemade cookies. They both enjoy greeting cards. They were parents of three children - the oldest, Leora Pearl died at the age of three months. They have two sons, Rev. Virgil O. Graves of Philadelphia, Missouri and Wilbur S. Graves of Ewing. They have six grandsons and 13 great grandchildren. They both have attended the Reunion, for many years and thoroughly enjoy it. In 1967, they rode in the surrey drawn by little mules, to lead the parade and were introduced as 'Very Distinguished Guests'. Their sons and families enjoy the reunion and the second son, Wilbur S. Graves is building a steam engine. May we add our very good wishes to this wonderful couple.

Mrs. C. A. Harsch of E. 9915 Trent Ave., Spokane, Washington 99207 sent us this letter and she entitled it OOPS! (It's well worth reading). 'The steam engine man nudged his steamer near a refreshment stand, got off and sauntered over to a table, ordered coffee, pie and a hamburger. Just as he was seated, three wise young fellows roared up on their motorcycles, parked their bikes next to the innocent looking steamer and strode over to the refreshment stand - bent on some kind of mischief. Seeing the husky looking engine man just being served, one of the cyclists grabbed his coffee, another one latched onto the pie while the third fellow took his hamburger. All three sat down on the bench and started enjoying themselves.

'The engine man got up, paid the bill and walked off. A fellow at the far end of the bench says to his buddy, 'Gee, that engineer isn't much of a man to let them get away with that!'

'Just then the cook looks up and says, 'Yea, and he ain't much of an engineer either, cause he just backed over three motorcycles.'

I take it to mean this was a true incident and the three young fellows found their lunch quite costly - and so be it! Seems to me I hear quite a few chuckles out there!