The Ladies Page: The Coming of Spring

A contributing editor muses on the coming of spring, the growth of the magazine, and the work of preparing for summer engine shows.

| May/June 1968

  • Mr. Robert Brandt with Mack Tractor
    Mr. Robert Brandt with Mack tractor and low boy bringing C. E. Stambaugh's 30-60 Model E Oil Pull from North Dakota. C. E. Stambaugh (Bud) lives in York, Pennsylvania. Courtesy of Robert Brandt of Harvey, North Dakota
  • John Deere
    Our John Deere, which was made in Waterloo, Iowa. Courtesy of Paul E. Metzinger, Ambia, Indiana
  • Demonstrating McCormick-Deering
    My son, Tom, in right background demonstrating McCormick-Deering to a friend, Jim Malady. In the foreground is my son Jimmy at the corn grinder.
  • Rumely Tractor & Pitts
    Threshing beans near Napoleon, Michigan about 1947. 20-40 Rumely tractor & Pitts bean thresher built in 1906. I have threshed beans with this separator in five different counties. Courtesy of Leonard James, Napoleon, Michigan

  • Mr. Robert Brandt with Mack Tractor
  • John Deere
  • Demonstrating McCormick-Deering
  • Rumely Tractor & Pitts

I am having a problem of not knowing what I am going to write about. Only a few days left before the deadline! I don't know why I wait until the last minute to get organized, but that seems to be the way I do things. I was just looking through my file of all the issues of Gas Engine Magazine, and noticed that the first few issues had 28 pages. Now we're averaging 40 pages. It is good to know that you readers are sending in lots of pictures and stories. Keep it up! We look forward to each issue every two months and wish it came every month.

As I am writing this, we are experiencing the coming of Spring; the Canadian geese are winging their way northward, pussy willows are in blossom, maple trees are being tapped for their sap which makes the delicious maple syrup, the warm rains are washing away the dirty snow from winter, and most important of all the sun is becoming warmer and warmer, and reminding us that summer is just around the corner.

Auctions are very plentiful at this time of the year. Collectors, both men and women, often can find a good bargain. I have never attended many, but I think it would be interesting and great fun.

I received a very nice letter from Mr. William Gilroy of Waltham, Mass., saying that he has a Coldwell Cub engine like mine. He says, "One of the best things about 'Olden Times' was that the quality and durability, (which includes craftmanship), were prime requisites, and also keeping up with the Jones' was not yet invented." I agree with him!

For those of us who are officers in the engine clubs, it is a very busy time. The advertising and promotions for the coming annual Reunions have to be taken care of. It will soon be time for the "Gas-ups" and engine shows and meets to start. We all look forward to this season when we will see the folks we haven't seen since last fall. All indications point to a very busy summer around here, with something going on almost every weekend. I hear from some of our engine friends in other parts of the country, who say that there is very little "engine activity" in their localities. That is too bad, as we meet a very nice bunch of people and have made many good friends through these organizations.

At our house, we have just purchased a new International pick-up truck. Paul has wanted one for a long time, as he says he would rather ride in one than a car. I have to agree that it is very nice, and it will be more convenient to take an engine or two to a show.


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