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COUNTRY ECHOES


| January/February 1971



In January and February the warmth and security of one's own house is such an immeasurable comfort. But about now, I am wondering how Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schwanke are doing in their old three-story stone house.

In September we took a flying trip to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. It was a very wet trip. The grounds were so soggy, the crowd so large, we stayed only a few hours on Saturday. The weather was just not cooperative. To watch a parade in the rain is a dampening experience.

On Sunday afternoon as we got back to the area around Sauk City, Wisconsin, I was driving along moderately when my Mr. B exclaimed, 'Stop, Mother! Stop! I saw a steam engine!'

Now you Ladies all know that when a husband speaks in that way WE STOP! But, as I complied to his orders, I had no idea how interesting our stop was going to be.

In a matter of moments we met Mr. Schwanke. He was admiring his newly acquired 16 Horse Advance Engine. He had learned of it being for sale through an ad in the Iron Men Album. He was a happy man, and soon two happy men were examining the engine together.

In the meantime I was admiring the outside of an old, old stone house built in 1875. I couldn't resist asking questions. Yes, they still lived in a part of it. It has stone walls 2 feet thick. The abutment becomes five feet wide after-it enters the ground. Talk about a foundation!