Holiday News and the First Anniversary of Gas Engine Magazine

By Staff
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Coffee break With Kitty.
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Photo courtesy of Leonard James, Napoleon, Michigan.

Holiday news and comments on the first anniversary of Gas Engine Magazine.

Hello. How was your holiday. I’m writing this before the holidays so that we can get it mailed to you shortly after the first of the year. I have my shopping done and am looking forward to several of the nicest weeks of the year. With Earl home from the hospital (that’s my husband), we’re very thankful and glad to be together. We’re hoping to go “home” for Christmas. “Home” is Greensburg and Irwin, Pennsylvania — near Pittsburgh. It’s 170 miles and we don’t get there often enough. We’ve been in Enola area about 5 years now, but back there is still “home”.

I’d like to thank all of you for the kind words of encouragement on the first anniversary of Gas Engine Magazine. You’ve certainly made us feel good. The material is coming in and though we appreciate the compliments that you give us on the publishing of the magazine, we owe our thanks to you for your articles and pictures without which the GEM couldn’t exist.

I received a letter from Fred Gertje, Orofino, Idaho. Fred noticed that someone was asking where to buy make and break spark coils. He wonders if you know that many modern spark coils work just as well, and can often be had for the asking, if they have been discarded when the secondary burned out. You only need the primary circuit. He has three that he uses that were once on a Ford tractor. He noticed, too, on page 32 of the September-October issue that someone seemed to refer to make and break and hit and miss as being the same. Make and break is of course a type of mechanical ignition and hit and miss is a type of governing of speed. Fred is conducting a survey. He’d like to know how many GEM readers own

Frank Svanda of Crivitz, Wisconsin writes concerning Mr. Hammond’s article. Mr. Hammond wondered what the Wade Company makes now. Mr. Svanda says the R. M. Wade Co., of Portland, Oregon now manufactures ‘Wade Rain’ Irrigation systems. Thank you, Frank.

I received a note from Tom Lucht (of Omaha, Nebraska) and at the end he mentioned that he is a John Deere toy and literature collector. I wonder what other hobbies our readers have. I’d like to hear from you about these. I think some people have very unusual hobbies that most people don’t even know exist. Also, Carolyn Flink, Sycamore, Illinois tells me that she reads the GEM right along with her husband. I’m wondering, too, how many wives we have that share their husbands hobbies.

Any of you readers who also get the Album already know that our editor, Elmer, was in an automobile accident.

This is a Nichols & Shepard 25-50 taken about 1928 near Norvell, Michigan. It is owned by Walter and Leonard James.

He broke his nose pretty badly and has had two stays in the hospital because of it. He is now home, though, and feeling pretty well. We’re glad to have him back and I’m sure he’d like to know that his friends are thinking of him.

Your putting your code number on your renewal slips is a great convenience to us and saves us many hours of time over the month. We thank you for the trouble. Mr. William Brackin, Parkesburg, Pennsylvania writes “Why not ask subscribers to include the address label from mailing envelope when renewing their subscription . . . . I am sure this would help you to avoid a lot of errors”. You’re so right, Bill.

Well, Ron Magnuson of Good Hope, Illinois says that the GEM is the “greatest thing since the wheel”, and we’re real proud of her. I haven’t made any New Year’s Resolutions yet, but I’m sure one of them will be to make our magazine better than ever in 1967 (and not to make so many goofs here at the office). Appreciation goes out from the Snell family for the Welcome we’ve received from the families of the Album and Gas Engine Magazine. It’s nice to be a part of such a fine group. ‘Til next time.

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