Courtesy of Lionard James, Napoleon, Michigan.
There are several bridges crossing the river at Harrisburg, Pa. Some years ago they closed an eighty year old iron bridge to trucks. The people became panicky and thought the bridge would collapse anytime and surely when they were crossing it. The officials then came out with this statement, 'The bridge was OK, but they just wanted it to last longer.'
That is our position concerning the attending the reunions. I have become deaf and very difficult for me to write out subscriptions. My family does not want me to travel alone. It is very difficult to get someone to go with me. The driving becomes a task. Now that we are getting out two Magazines it compells us to spend more time at home.
My good horse, sense tells me I had better slow down. Since my motor is old. It is a kind of an old and big Aultman Taylor with one speed. I will have to close the throttle a little to make the old motor last a little longer. I shall not attend the Reunions in an official capacity with the Magazines.
We have made arrangements with others to take our work with the Magazines at the Reunions. Mrs. Elmer Sheaffer of Yoe, Pa. will carryall the Eastern shows, except Kinzers. Mrs. Pruden and Mrs. Dorothy Smith will take New York shows, both steam and Gas. Mrs. Ernest Hoffer, Toledo (The picture lady) will be. at Pontiac and several other shows. Mr. Gilmar Johnson of Frederick, Wis., will represent us at Mt. Pleasant. Some Shows will be represented by us; by their own Staff. Mr. and Mrs. F. I,. Williams have represented us at several Shows in (he past and will continue to do so. Mr Orin Seaver of Ypsilanti, Mich., has handled our work for years and will continue.
There are others who work for us. If they have the official subscription blank that is their credentials and we shall honor them.
We very greatly appreciate the work of these people and suggest that you patronize them.
Mr. Ward Marshall, Dayton, Ohio will represent us at some of the shows. He is an interesting man, and you will enjoy meeting; him and doing business with him. He has been with us some years.
Here is a picture of my 20-40 Rumely Tractor which I restored and painted.