P. O. BOX 2031 Kansas City, Missouri
How did it all come about?' And the spirit of the Lord came upon him'. (Judges 6:34). All through the ages we see how God fulfills his purpose through men. To liberate the people from slavery and surfdom, He sent Moses into Egypt; Wilber-force into England; Abraham Lincoln into America. When He wanted to give the people religious freedom He sent Martin Luther into Germany, John Knox into Scotland; John Wesley into England. When He wanted to lighten the burden of toil from the backs of the heavy-laden, He sent into the world the philosophers Demonstenes, Socrates, Plato; physicists like Sir Isaac Newton, Boyle, Lavoisseur, Einstein. And inventors like James Watt, Stephenson, and Thomas A. Edison, to put the physical laws into practical use.
Within this panorama of mechanical excellence and achievement arose to the highest pinnacle of development and subsequent decline and obsolescence, instruments, implements that produced the greatest romantic era ever to exist upon earth. Steam power, through men like Jerome J. Case, Nichols & Shepard, Wood, Baker, Taylor, Avery, Rumley, Reeves and a host of others developed skills which gave men a great sense of pride and accomplishment. After two or more decades it doesn't seem right that these machines, and skills should perish from earth. It is catastrophic, astounding, and stupifying that civilization should set aside as useless these great accomplishments that were developed around the steam powered thresher, to the extent that it is impractical to manufacture new engines and threshers after old patterns, even with addition of high efficiency economizers, etc.
Nevertheless, it is good to see that there are many strong groups organized throughout the country to perpetuate the memory, and extend the life and usefulness of the steam power thresher unit. One of these groups is the Steam Threshermen Association, P. O. Box 2031, Kansas City, Missouri, whose milling division is sponsoring a contest in cooperation with the milling industry to produce a minimum of 20,000,000 bushels from steam powered threshers next season. Threshers will be classed according to the capacity of the machine. Ranging from A-plus, A, B, C, D, and D minus (six classes) and steam powered, with a ten day minium actual running time and output according to size ranging from 30,000 to 100,000 bushels minimum for the season. Anyone seriously considering entering the contest may write for details to Steam Threshermen Association, Milling Wheat Division, P. O. Box 2031, Kansas City, Missouri, to the attention of Mr. Clay Johnson, Vice-President, so as to get the matters of Registration, Classification, Qualifications, etc., out of the way so that plenty of time for 'firming up' your threshing run, or territory, making ready the machinery, and other details, would be available. There is a lot to be done and so short is the time in which to do it, the 1955 threshing season is closer than you think, that is if you are getting ready for it. The undersigned is busy with his 18 hp. Minneapolis steamer and 28'x50' Case thresher.
In closing I would like to say that the IRON-MEN ALBUM fills and satisfies a vacant space within the inner man as cooling rain to parched earth. Good health and prosperity to the Editor, my good friend Elmer Ritzman.