| July/August 1957

Berne, Indiana

Please find enclosed personal check for $2.00 to pay for my renewal. Your magazine has a nack of stirring up pleasant memories as well as some unpleasant ones of years gone by. I was born in 1885 and can well remember the days when the threshing rig came along without the blower, the self-feeder nor the grain weigher and the steam engines were of the 10 and 12 hp. type.

My father was the community straw stack builder. I was grown up when I was first sent to help the neighbors thresh and of course I was asked to take up my father's straw stack building career. Somehow I soon had the nack of handling straw the easy way and liked the job for more than one reason. One of the reasons was that when a few leisure moments were available I'd walk around and watch the steamer run and perchance handle the controls. This created in me a longing to be a thresherman.

The season of 1919 I had the opportunity to be water boy to a rig in our neighborhood and that fall bought half interest in that same outfit which was a Rumley steam threshing rig. A 22-65 engine and a 36x60 separator, This was a large outfit when it came to barn threshing but did good work. We always had enough power providing the fuel was good. We, as many others, had to quit and let the gas tractors take over. However, it seems that the aroma of steam cylinder oil is still in my blood.