RR 2, Box 143 Leavenworth, Kansas 66048
Hello members and everyone in Engineland!
Well, a good many shows are over and a few are yet to come. I hope to be able to make a few of them. We had a large show at McLouth. Friday it rained, then cleared about 5:00 p.m. They moved the Friday night show of Dave & Sugar from Nashville up to the school house in town. They thought there weren't going to be many people but the sun brings folks out and there was standing room only. Saturday was a big day and I had a good friend from Branch 16, J.B. Groff, who owns a 16 HP Huber, come up and he ran my 18 HP Huber and gave some good tips on it. As I am doing a good bit of learning on the return flue engine, it is different indeed. But they sure are a good engine, and a very safe engine. They do not have the deterioration that other engines have so much. No stay bolts or through stays to rust and no corners to trap scale.
Platte City Show, where Branch 19 is, is the one I belong to. It did rain one day, but we had a good show and good crowd the other two days. I have found that the shows around here mostly all had one day of rain, but all in all, we had pretty good shows.
Each show seems to have its own style. One will have more big engines like McLouth and another like Platte City has a lot of small engines and some real nice scale engines like a real nice Russell, by Turnbulls Machine Shop, who can build and repair almost anything metal in machinery.
Then on to Hamilton, Missouri, the boyhood home of J.C. Penney. They have a new grandstand and nice parade ground. They have some big engines like Stan Mayberry's 20 HP Advance. At Hamilton I met another engine collector helping Stan run his Advance. He is E.J. Doe Murphy of Council Bluffs, Iowa. He has a great collection of engines, and I mean great! He has done much work on these engines and other equipment. He has a 20 HP Minneapolis engine with water wagon and wooden separator all in tow. But then you look beyond it and see his rare Illinois 20 HP engine, and then an 18 HP Woods that there are few of, and of course, the nice Advance 20 HP like the one he was helping Stan run. Another thing about this man with the knowledge and experience is he is always giving some of it to . the young engine men. There is always some little thing that each engine man may have done that can sometimes help a young engine man and make things much easier for him or her, as the case may be these days, as in the old days too. I can remember Pat Haltcamp's two daughters running his engine. I never saw anyone run one any smoother. The same with Lyle Hofmaster's girls, and I must include Coletta Steinmetz, who could handle an engine as good as anyone and did it for many years.
We just lost one of our real engine men around here. He was Web Mooney of Nortonville, Kansas. He built a scale model of a Nichols & Shepard separator also. Chad Atteberry of Black well, Oklahoma has it today, so it has a good home.
Well folks, I had better get out and unload my 1936 Oliver Hart Parr 18x17 I just bought.
See you at the shows!