Right in the middle of 1970 means right in the middle of the glorious Gas-Ups and Gab Sessions that are all part of these wonderful reunions. At least we are in keeping with the times to have these 'demonstrations' (careful how you use that word) which result in 'riots' of laughter, and fun. No 'generation gap' at these rallies other than in the effect of birthdays, for everyone enjoys the noise and smoke of these historical, educational and entertaining gatherings. The only 'guards' used are those to protect anyone handling the interesting machinery. May we look forward to many years of these fascinating sessions of get-togethers.
We were happy to have the pleasure of a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Denis McCormack of 404 W. Timonium Rd., Timonium, Baltimore, Maryland. They stopped here one afternoon and visited Elmer at the Blue Ridge Nursing Home, then visited with Irene at the office and later came to chat with us a bit. We were happy to make their acquaintance.
A letter from GERALD JACOBSON, 212 South Cedar, Marshfield, Wisconsin 54449, who writes:
'Special to Anna Mae;
The first thing to get straightened out is the 'dogs' that are attached to a flywheel. The proper term for this is 'ratchet.' It is simply a hook that locks into a notched wheel and will only hold in one direction. Such as the gadget in a clock that will let you turn the key in one direction and holds it from backing up. Simple, wouldn't you say?' (O.K. If you say so Gerald. I still don't understand too well about it. -- Anna Mae)
Richard Frazer of Preston is trying to give me a bad time. There was an engine made with a strap starter and a rewind, but it wasn't the little Associated. The 'dog' in the engine is bolted to the drum and does not throw out when the engine starts. There is no rewind spring and no place for one. You would have to have some stationary part to fasten the spring to, to hold the tension for a rewind, and there is no place for this on the little Associated.
Just one more. Morris Blomgren must have used the new math when he figured out the speed of Dan Patch. If poor Dan had gotten up to 60 M.P.H. he would have flipped a shoe. The record shows that he made a mile in 1 minute 55 seconds. The figures out to 31.304313 M.P.H.'
M. E. BRISON, Route 1, Box 192, Millersport, Ohio 43046, sends us these two bits of information: 1. Profanity and the gas engine are no longer companions. The gas engine no longer requires verbal persuasion. -- This from the editorial page of the Gas Review Magazine of October 1915. AND 2. Attention! Magneto Repairmen. There is very little profit in pulling the magneto off your machine and taking it apart simply because the fuel tank is empty. -- This from the editorial page of Tractor & Gas Review of August 1918.
Congratulations to one of our subscribers, LESTER ROOS of 328 North State Street, Geneseo, Illinois 61254, who was recently elected Mayor of Geneseo. Best of luck to you Lester!
Information comes to us from WM. SCHWAB, Columbus Junction, Iowa 52738. Bill writes: 'I sure like your magazine but it does not come often enough. Have any of your readers ever heard of, or have, a Kelley. Gas Engine? They were manufactured in Iowa City, Iowa, about the year of 1906 or later.
'I notice that two people want a little information on their engines. I have two Monitors, their numbers are 26734 and 47073, type V.J. There is hardly any paint on them but it looks like they were painted gray. I also have an Economy No. 332750. They were sold by Sears Roebuck and were painted red.
A party wants to know about his Witte engine. I have one that looks exactly like it. The serial No. is 96311 and it has Special on the name plate. It is a log saw outfit. Mine has a clutch pulley on it. His probably was on a saw at one time and they put it on this truck. The water hopper is just like the one on my engine as when you are sawing logs, one end is higher than the other.'
ARTHUR DEKALB of 1223 West-over Drive, Danville, Virginia 24541, would like to know: 'I have seen ads for 'Woodpecker' engines around 1914 which say they were electric starting and show a woman starting the engine by pushing a switch. They were run by a buzz coil-spark plug ignition. Does anyone know how this electric starting worked? Also, does anyone know where to get old cast iron meat grinders, cherry pitters, etc., tin plated as they were originally?' (If you can help Arthur, please let him know.)
PRESTON FOSTER of Warren City Schools, 200 Loveless, Southwest, Warren, Ohio 44485, sends us this statement: 'So glad you used our article and pictures and we were happy we made the cover too. Students and administration think it's wonderful and I am sure that your printing my article will greatly help my program.
1 have already had several letters and phone calls from people offering help. I would especially like to thank Mr. John Wilson for his generous offer of an engine and also a thanks to George Bunting who has supplied us with a parts engine so that we can get our Mogul running.
I am sure that there will be many others who will deserve a word of thanks but because of your deadline for the forthcoming issue, we will just have to make a blanket one for all those who have helped.'
That about winds it up for this time, so do have fun and don't forget: Summer is the season when there's not much on radio, television or the girls at the beach.