| September/October 1957

Leeper Machine Company, P. O. Box 147, Ash Grove, Missouri

Received July-August, 1955 issue of the IRON-MEN ALBUM MAGAZINE, and I certainly want to congratulate all of you for such a fine magazine. I thought the first issue I received was the best ever and couldn't be improved. Well, each issue since has been better and the last issue, July-August is still better. As soon as I receive the magazine everything else stops till I look through it and as soon as possible I start the interesting part of reading the fine articles by so many good steam fans like myself. The photographs are tops, and on page 14 and 15 the two-page photo is certainly a fine one. The old saying, a photo takes the place of hundreds of words is true, yet we must have the fine write ups of the various subjects. I talk and boost the ALBUM all the time.

For two years I was a subscriber to 'The Miniature Locomotive' at $3.00 a year of six issues-only operated 20 months. Two more issues due me. A card stated discontinued, not enough subscribers.

I am a subscriber to 'The Model Engineer, published in London, England, at $6.00 a year, weekly. It has been published since 1898 is a dandy and covers many various lines, yet mostly on steam and boilers of all the different type of locomotives, mostly all of the miniature types and scale models. They are very careful, competent, thoughtful, precision, skilled workmen. I had considerable experience with European people during World War I, especially the English. Experience is the best teacher and that is the way I learned what I know. I am 76 years young and still building miniature steam engines and boilers and will as long as I possibly can. I served with Co. G, 140th Inf., 35th Div. 70th brigade as First Lieutenant. Received four injuries. After the armistice went to Coblenz and Mitternich, Germany, the Army of Occupation. Finally evacuated to Savenay, France, Base Hospital, then to New York City three weeks, then to Base Hospital, Camp Pike, Arkansas. Discharged October 1919. Fifteen years Officers Reserve. Have 6 more ailments, four years ago in Kansas City, Missouri, Veterans Hospital, found to have a total of 10, yet I hobble around.

This is a very brief history of my ailment and accidents in my life. I am very sorry I am not quite able now to attend any of the Threshers Reunions. Hope to in a short time-I mean a few months. Concussion of my brain is not quite normal yet, and left ankle is not normal.

I belong to the National Threshers Association, Montpelier, Ohio, also the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.


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