A Time for Late Season Harvest, Festivals and Annual Meetings

Gas Engine Magazine's Ladies Page talks about the magazine's one year anniversary, the late season harvest, annual grape and apple festivals and annual meetings as the year winds down.

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Photo courtesy of William Gayer, Rock Valley, Iowa.

PHOTO: WILLIAM GAYER

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Ladies Page shares news about the magazine's one year anniversary, the late season harvest and local festivals. 

This issue of the Gas Engine Magazine marks the end of its first year of publication. Congratulations! I know the local response has been good and that everyone enjoys reading it. You can help to continue its popularity and interest by sending in pictures and stories. They are always needed.

This is the late season harvest time of the year. On driving through the country you see dry beans pulled waiting to be threshed, corn being cut to fill the silos, pumpkins piled by the side of the road waiting for children to make all sorts of funny faces for Halloween, and road side markets filled to overflowing with peaches, pears and apples. It is the time for the busy housewife to fill the air with all sorts of fragrant odors. The smell of pickles, spicy catsup and chili sauce fill the air. It is the time for annual grape and apple festivals. It is the time for the annual foliage tours through the countryside to view the work Mother Nature has done in painting the leaves so many beautiful colors before they fall and are covered by the snow. It is the time when many of our elderly friends follow the wild geese and other birds to a warmer climate. It is the time to pause for a little while in our busy lives and to give thanks for all our many blessings.

All of our local reunions are over for this year. They are enjoyed so much, we are all sorry to have them gone. It is the time for the annual meetings and the new officers who will take over and make plans for bigger and better shows for next year.

At our house, we are in the process of changing from oil heat to bottled gas heat. We expect it to be a little more costly but the cleanliness and convenience will make up for that. Paul is looking forward to using his garden tractor and the snow blower. (Not a very pleasant thought). Even a neighbor was over the other day and said he wished it would snow so he could see how it worked. Hope they enjoy it as much the end of the winter as they expect to do now. Where I work we are real busy now and a six day week is common. Two-thirds of our business is done between September and Christmas and the other third is between January and June, so it is not spread very even. We process school pictures which are sent from all over the country.

I believe that a ladies page should have a recipe once in a while. This is one for a chocolate cake which is very easy to make and turns out dark and moist every time. It makes a small cake or twelve cup cakes. I have used it for both loaf and layer cakes and have even doubled it.

Never Fail Cake Recipe

1 egg
1 cup cocoa
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
1 cup sour milk or buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot water
 

Put all ingredients in mixing bowl. Do not mix until all items are added. Then beat well, at least two minutes. Bake in oven 350 degrees about 30 minutes or until done.

Hope you will try the cake. I know your men folks will like it. Until next time — "You can't climb the ladder of life with your hands in your pockets."

This is part of the Paul Mansbach Estate sale, Huron South Dakota, held on October 23, 1965. This is a Gas Engine on a Railroad express truck.

This is a line of gas engines of Paul Mansbach Estate sale in Huron, South Dakota. The Armour packing plant is in the background.

1906 3 hp Stickney.

Here is a picture of a Waterloo Champion Separator, Ebersol Feeder, 33 foot cylinder by 54 foot body.