While folks are getting ready everywhere to take vacations, we are trying to get the Sept.-Oct. issue out. Do you realize what that means?? September the end of summer, the beginning of school and civic activities and October leaves on the ground, Halloween Christmas thoughts oh it's too hot to think of all these tilings right now and I have a lot of letters so I'll get on with the column.
A question from WALTER A. TAUBENECK, 4213 80th St., N. E., Marysville, Washington 98270, comes to us this issue. 'Someone in a G.E.M. article mentioned using cycehexlene to free stuck pistons. I have yet to find anyone who can tell me what it is and where can you buy it?' (He wishes us to please ask our readers.)
VINCENT CLAFLIN, Box 366 of Phoenix, Oregon 97535, relates: 'I have 8 old water box engines that I have picked up and restored. A couple of these came from the gold mines here in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The rest were on ranches here.' I'm not sure what he means, but I'm sure you fellows understand what he is talking about and perhaps you would like to get in touch with him if you share the same interest.
HELP! HELP! from D. H. 'PHIL' KING, Maple Street, Granville, Massachusetts 01034. He writes: 'I have an engine I could use a little help on and maybe Mr. Krueger would break loose with a little info if you put it in your column. The engine is a 5 hp. tank cooled SN 419 (stamped on head). It looks like a Model N, but I now believe it is a Fairbanks-Morse Charter thanks to the series 'How Your Hobby Started'. This engine has a plate with 4 patent dates listed which are all charter patents. I would like to get some history and if possible the year on this 'Old One'. Its picture was in G.E.M. Vol. 4 No. 2.
'Next: In the Dec. 1969 C..E.M. there was a nice piece on The Rawleigh Company. I just bought an 8 hp. Schryers by Raleigh Schryer Company. It was used for a buzz saw. It is complete and in nice shape. The man I bought it from said he had been offered more for junk, but would rather it had a good home. I wish more people were like him.'
LOWELL CARLSON, Route 5, Maquoketa, Iowa 52060, sends this script for your perusal. 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank your magazine for publishing some of the material I have sent to your office. And, by way of readership, to congratulate you for filling a void. Though there are several reputable journals that publish agrarian history, neither makes a regular effort to publish articles on agricultural mechanization.
'The International Secretarial for Research on the History of Agricultural Implements, published both in English and German, is at present one of the few organizations in the world collecting and publishing information on the history of implements used in cultivation and other agricultural processes. Their journal would be most interesting to serious students of farm implements and I wish you would pass this information on to the readership. The complete address is as follows: International Secretariat for Research on the History of Agricultural Implements, G.E.C. Gad, Vemmelshaftet 32, 1161 Copenhagen K. Denmark.
'The magazine, A Journal on the History of the Implements of Cultivation and other Agricultural Processes is available for $3.00 per year in LI. S. currency.
'Thank you for this favor for I know that we stand agreed on the fact that saving much of this information or making it public can only help in the effort to make people aware of our rural background -- something that today is only a memory for many Americans.'
Several questions to be answered comes to us in the form of a letter from GEORGE BURGIN, Kirkton, Ontario, Canada. 'I am writing this letter in search of assistance on these three items. 1. Does anyone know where 1 can inquire the year of manufacture of a 6 hp. Witte No. 25562?
2. I have two Gray hit and miss engines. Each has a different push rod and governor control system. (a) 21?' flywheel diameter, engine No. 529 -- hp. -- 2?on brass plate on front. No name cast on hopper. What year was it built? (b) 26?' flywheel diameter by 2?' wide piston 4?' diameter x 6' stroke approx. No identification plate but has name cast on water hopper. What year was this engine built? What hp. might this be?
3. Added to these questions, I would like to correspond with someone who has a Wade Drag Saw. This one I have might be considered a basket case with the wood parts completely rotted or non-existent. Concerning this piece of equipment, I would like to know the color, years produced and a diagram or photo of the wooden construction.
This communication comes from WENDELL STICKLE, Blandinsville, Illinois 61420, and he pens: 'Last winter 1 found and bought a gas engine and to date have not found anybody that knows anything about the company or the engine. Have had it to several engine shows this summer. It is an upright, air-cooled four cycle, automatic intake valve, 3? inch bore, cast iron cylinder sleeve with 13 brass fins on it. Aluminum crankcase and brass connection rod. Two flywheels in crankcase with crank-pin between them. The only lettering or figures on engine is Wippern Motor Company, Chicago, Illinois -- cast in one side of crankcase. Could it be out of an old automobile? Help, please!'
In July-August issue of 1970 there was a story entitled 'A Stubborn Shadow' the title was a mistake as the correct title is 'A Stubborn Sandow' but it was to have been written by Arthur DeKalb, 1223 Westover Drive, Danville, Virginia 24541. We have since received a letter from Arthur telling us it is not his and that the author is probably not happy about this -- Arthur has received a letter with reference to the article. This being true, it must be a mistake on my part -- I don't know how, but I'm ready for my punishment I'll probably have to scrub the office with a toothbrush or twenty lashes at the typewriter. We just hope we can find the person who wrote the article and we'll put in the correction the next time. Please forgive!
That about winds things up until next issue -- we are leaving for the shore tomorrow -- another family and ours will share a cottage together -- 4 adults and 7 children. (That's a vacation?) Well -- it is a change of pace and will be enjoyed by all. And for me, to sit and look at the ocean renews my spirit .... which, believe me, I need. And remember one always needs a vacation, even if it's only to recover from the exhaustion of packing for it.