Easter was a great day. First it was a beautiful day — no snow
before or after. I had some of my Ohio relatives with me, including
two great granddaughters, Melody and Janice Arter. That is about
the same as having an extra steam engine near you.
Then Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Nichols of New York state came down and
took supper with us. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Shaeffer of Yoe, Pa., came
in also. My wife had a good meal for us, and we all seemed to enjoy
it. I did not go to be hungry that night. I hope all these folks
come back some other time.
Since I wrote you last I had another great grandchild to add to
my list. He is from Turbotsville, Pa. This makes my count eight and
do I love them!
So many of you remembered me with cards and I greatly appreciate
this. Thanks. Elmer
Hi! Nancy here. Spring has finally sprung — crocus, tulips and
daffodils. Ah, the profusion of color. The dreariness of winter is
finally behind us. The lazyness of summer to look forward to —
swimming pools and suntans, walks in the woods, ice cream cones and
lemonade, cool summer breezes on the front porch in the evening;
vacations, shows and reunions.
Taking an interesting and unusual vacation this summer? Tell us
about it. Well try to pass it on to all those interested.
Attention! Gas Engine Clubs in Ohio! In case you didn’t see
it in the May-June issue of Iron Men, here it is again — Mr. James
King, 1105 Carbon Street, Fremont, Ohio 43420, would like to know
of your whereabouts. Write him, won’t you please.
Mr. Larry Ranard, 513 Maple Street, Ankeny, Iowa 50021, is
looking for any available information on a Jumbo Ditch Pump with a
Model 7, l?hp. 500 rpm. Jumbo engine no. 16523 made by Nelson
Brothers Company of Saginaw, Michigan. If anyone has information on
this, please send it directly to Mr. Ranard.
Mr. Fred Drost of Owego, New York, made a special trip down just
to see us and buy some books. Thanks for stopping in Mr. Drost. If
you re ever in the area, stop in and say hello.
Do you know of any company who makes the glass for the
lubricator on the one cylinder gasoline engine? Mr. Andy Ihrke of
Zumbrota, Minnesota 55992, is trying to restore a few engines on
which the glass cups are broken and would like to locate such a
Mr. Arnold Brandenburg, 9625 Culver Street, Kensington, Maryland
20795, writes the following: ‘Last August I attended the meet
at Kinzer, Pa. On display was one or more model gas engines of the
hit or miss type. The name cast on the engines was OLDS. Are the
castings for these engines available? If so, where could I obtain
them?’ Well, we couldn’t help Mr. Brandenburg but perhaps
Do you have a 2? hp. 450 rpm. ‘Badger’ engine made by
Christenses Engineering Company of Milwaukee? It has side shaft,
hit-or-miss governor, spark coil ignition, and water hopper. The
governor is an upright fly-ball type. If you do, Mr. John Fillmore,
Argyle, New York 12809, would like to hear from you. He’s
looking for literature or just knowledge.
How about a 7 hp. Galloway, serial no. 47277 which was
manufactured by The Galloway Co. of Waterloo, Iowa? Mr. Leo R.
Bocko, 201 W. Jackson Street, Bourbon, Indiana 46504, is looking
for any information or a manual on this particular machinery.
And another call for help comes from Mr. Richard W. Shoudy, 1016
Phelps Avenue, Rockford, Illinois 61108. ‘I have an old engine
in my cement mixer. I mixed and poured over 11 yards of concrete in
1967. I want to use it again this summer and need to know something
on the adjustments. It is a Lindsay-Alamo, type A, built by Alamo
Engine Company, Hillsdale, Michigan, 1? hp. no. 101312, speed 600.
Any marine gas engine buffs out there? Mrs. Kenneth Glen Teeter of
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, writes her husband is very interested in these
as well as steam engines and they would like to see some articles
on this subject. Let’s hear about ’em!
Here’s a real memory searcher for you from John W.
Schwiebert, Route 1, Hamler, Ohio 43524. ‘In the magazine I
have seen pictures of drag saws, shingle mill, sawmills and even
buzz saws, but I have never seen a picture of a Lansing Pickett
Mill. Does anyone know how the material that was to be sawed was
held in position and what type of ‘feed’ was used to move
the material to the saw blade? I would appreciate hearing from
anyone who has any information on these mills. Also, back in about
1928 or 1929 before the Oliver-Hart Parr merger, Oliver made a few
Row Crop tractors of their own. They were very similar to the first
18-27 Oliver Hart-Parrs except that a 4 cylindered Hercules engine
was used which was also a little smaller than the Overhead Valve
Hart Parr engines. Does anyone know if they made any tractors in
any other sizes?’
VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE – We have rented a post office box and
would appreciate it if everyone would send their mail to our new
address — P. O. Drawer ‘A’ instead of 808 Wertzville Road.
Your complete cooperation will be greatly appreciated not only by
us but also all those great people at the Enola Post Office.
REMEMBER – Subscriptions for both Gas and Iron Men are being
accepted for only one year. Please, please, do not renew for more
than one year at a time. Renewals in excess of one year will only
Thought provoker of the day — It is better to ask some of the
questions than to know all the answers. — James Thurber.
So long — keep in touch!