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Organizations of antique gas engine and tractor collectors may be able to help educate a new generation through the 4-H tractor maintenance clubs.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where we publish our magazines, has two tractor maintenance clubs, one in the western area of the county and one in the southern end. They are open to registrants interested in tractors and machinery, between the ages of 8 and 19.

During the meetings, there are demonstrations, showing of films, troubleshooting, and actual work on machinery. Awards are made for outstanding work. About seven or eight meetings are held during the winter and spring months, well before harvest time.

This year the Lancaster County clubs operated at Messick's Equipment, Inc., at Rheems, and Wenger's Implement, Inc., at The Buck. Volunteers served as instructors.

The 4-H Clubs are open to all regardless of race, color, sex or national origin. The clubs are a valued bulwark in education for farming. If you want to learn more, get in touch with your county agent or the state extension service.


If you have information on Heebner & Sons, makers of agricultural machinery from 1875 to 1925 in Lansdale, PA, it can help Francis Blase, Jr., who is doing research on the firm. He seeks catalogs, brochures, ads or other printed materials.

Another request comes from Mrs. Linn P. Brown, Jr., who is working on a book to be called The Seat of Easement. It will be a social history of the privy, chamber pot, commode chair and so on. She wants anything that mentions 'ease' in it-letters, diaries or wills.

Please send your information to Stemgas, Box 328, Lancaster, PA 17603, and we'll forward it.


Your organization newsletter, bulletin or magazine can help us pass on news to all collectors.

Please send us copies for a feature story we would like to do on the publications of the various clubs, as well as for items everyone else would enjoy.

Address them to Linda Sharron, Production Director, Stemgas Publishing Company, Box 328, Lancaster, PA 17603.