Easter was a great day. First it was a beautiful day -- no snow before or after. I had some of my Ohio relatives with me, including two great granddaughters, Melody and Janice Arter. That is about the same as having an extra steam engine near you.
Then Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Nichols of New York state came down and took supper with us. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Shaeffer of Yoe, Pa., came in also. My wife had a good meal for us, and we all seemed to enjoy it. I did not go to be hungry that night. I hope all these folks come back some other time.
Since I wrote you last I had another great grandchild to add to my list. He is from Turbotsville, Pa. This makes my count eight and do I love them!
So many of you remembered me with cards and I greatly appreciate this. Thanks. Elmer
Hi! Nancy here. Spring has finally sprung -- crocus, tulips and daffodils. Ah, the profusion of color. The dreariness of winter is finally behind us. The lazyness of summer to look forward to -- swimming pools and suntans, walks in the woods, ice cream cones and lemonade, cool summer breezes on the front porch in the evening; vacations, shows and reunions.
Taking an interesting and unusual vacation this summer? Tell us about it. Well try to pass it on to all those interested.
Attention! Gas Engine Clubs in Ohio! In case you didn't see it in the May-June issue of Iron Men, here it is again -- Mr. James King, 1105 Carbon Street, Fremont, Ohio 43420, would like to know of your whereabouts. Write him, won't you please.
Mr. Larry Ranard, 513 Maple Street, Ankeny, Iowa 50021, is looking for any available information on a Jumbo Ditch Pump with a Model 7, l?hp. 500 rpm. Jumbo engine no. 16523 made by Nelson Brothers Company of Saginaw, Michigan. If anyone has information on this, please send it directly to Mr. Ranard.
Mr. Fred Drost of Owego, New York, made a special trip down just to see us and buy some books. Thanks for stopping in Mr. Drost. If you re ever in the area, stop in and say hello.
Do you know of any company who makes the glass for the lubricator on the one cylinder gasoline engine? Mr. Andy Ihrke of Zumbrota, Minnesota 55992, is trying to restore a few engines on which the glass cups are broken and would like to locate such a company.
Mr. Arnold Brandenburg, 9625 Culver Street, Kensington, Maryland 20795, writes the following: 'Last August I attended the meet at Kinzer, Pa. On display was one or more model gas engines of the hit or miss type. The name cast on the engines was OLDS. Are the castings for these engines available? If so, where could I obtain them?' Well, we couldn't help Mr. Brandenburg but perhaps you can.
Do you have a 2? hp. 450 rpm. 'Badger' engine made by Christenses Engineering Company of Milwaukee? It has side shaft, hit-or-miss governor, spark coil ignition, and water hopper. The governor is an upright fly-ball type. If you do, Mr. John Fillmore, Argyle, New York 12809, would like to hear from you. He's looking for literature or just knowledge.
How about a 7 hp. Galloway, serial no. 47277 which was manufactured by The Galloway Co. of Waterloo, Iowa? Mr. Leo R. Bocko, 201 W. Jackson Street, Bourbon, Indiana 46504, is looking for any information or a manual on this particular machinery.
And another call for help comes from Mr. Richard W. Shoudy, 1016 Phelps Avenue, Rockford, Illinois 61108. 'I have an old engine in my cement mixer. I mixed and poured over 11 yards of concrete in 1967. I want to use it again this summer and need to know something on the adjustments. It is a Lindsay-Alamo, type A, built by Alamo Engine Company, Hillsdale, Michigan, 1? hp. no. 101312, speed 600. Any marine gas engine buffs out there? Mrs. Kenneth Glen Teeter of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, writes her husband is very interested in these as well as steam engines and they would like to see some articles on this subject. Let's hear about 'em!
Here's a real memory searcher for you from John W. Schwiebert, Route 1, Hamler, Ohio 43524. 'In the magazine I have seen pictures of drag saws, shingle mill, sawmills and even buzz saws, but I have never seen a picture of a Lansing Pickett Mill. Does anyone know how the material that was to be sawed was held in position and what type of 'feed' was used to move the material to the saw blade? I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has any information on these mills. Also, back in about 1928 or 1929 before the Oliver-Hart Parr merger, Oliver made a few Row Crop tractors of their own. They were very similar to the first 18-27 Oliver Hart-Parrs except that a 4 cylindered Hercules engine was used which was also a little smaller than the Overhead Valve Hart Parr engines. Does anyone know if they made any tractors in any other sizes?'
VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE - We have rented a post office box and would appreciate it if everyone would send their mail to our new address -- P. O. Drawer 'A' instead of 808 Wertzville Road. Your complete cooperation will be greatly appreciated not only by us but also all those great people at the Enola Post Office.
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Thought provoker of the day -- It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers. -- James Thurber.
So long -- keep in touch!