Smoke Rings

| July/August 1967

  • Smoke Rings

  • Smoke Rings

Well, here it is Gas up time and I can't think of too much to tell you, except that Hubby and I just celebrated our Silver Wedding Anniversary on June 12 and as one of my friends said, 'Gee, I think that is an event!' 'Well,' I said, 'I don't know if it's an event but I do think its an accomplishment!' Truthfully, don't know where all those years went so fast-- if the next 25 go as fast (God willing, we make them) why, it won't be long at all till Golden Date. We received quite a few nice gifts and cards from our close friends which surprised us as we had no party or etc. that warranted such display of friendship. I don't know about Hubby, but I'm looking forward to the next 25 years.

I was going to mention this next time in my column but received this following letter from T. H. Krueger of 1615 San Francisco St., San Antonio, Texas 78201 and it explained it as well as I could have--'Dear Anna Mae--I keep buying the latest copies of 'TRAINS' magazine Just bought the June 1967 issue and with this issue, the per copy price was upped from 50? to 60?. They said they'd rather continue a good quality 'trains magazine' and increase the price. I remember you acquainted we readers about your family through your column: and I remembered your husband to be a railroad man. Well, in the June 1967 'Trains,' on page 21 is a fine silhouette picture showing Engineer E. A. Branyan employing a 22 notch throttle to tap GG1's reserves, and on Page 22, both pictures show (I believe) your husband and a brakeman as they are leaving the train they brought into Enola on the PRR. The title of the story, page 18 is 'GG1 Curtain Call.' It is a fine short story with lots of pictures.' You are right Ted, that is my husband and we were all quite proud of the article and pictures. We probably would never have seen it that soon, but a young fellow here in town gets the magazine and recognized Mr. Branyan and brought it to us. We were quite thrilled. Of course these pictures were taken several years ago when he was on freight --at present he is running passenger to Philadelphia and back to Harrisburg. I thought it was something though that Ted picked this up in Texas and recognized it. Thanks for your nice letter Ted!

R. Dayton Nichols of 5128 Route 5, Stafford, New York 14143 wants to know: 'Did you ever hear or see (1) Gasoline Engine that was 8 cycle? (2) Two piston opposed engine with one crankshaft? and (3) Two piston opposed engine and two crankshafts?' So, if you can help Dayton out I'm sure he will be glad to hear from you. Mr. Nichols is an engineer, too. He's stopped by here several times and we enjoy chatting.

Then I have a letter from C. M. Knudson of Gully, Minnesota, and he writes, 'First, I want to thank the people of GEM for the cooperation given me when you ran the two editorials 'What Is It?' on my Mystery Engine. Quite surprisingly, I got two replies when the $25 reward was offered. Mr. Harold I. Ottaway of Wichita, Kansas, furnished a Millards Implement Directory of 1912 which on page 6 showed a very good picture of the engine. The engine is called a Litch-field, manufactured by the Litchfield Mfg. Co., Waterloo, Iowa. So thanks to 'What Is It?' after 12 or 15 years of trying to find out who made the engine and where it was made and what it was called -- I now know.'

That about winds things up for this time for the Gas Column -- the kids are now home for the summer and anxious to be doings many things, so I must keep 'on the ball' with them as well as the magazines.

Incidentally, speaking of anniversaries, Elmer and Earlene celebrated their 13th Wedding Anniversary on May 30th and Kitty and Earl Snell noted their 9th one on June 14th. Guess we should have all gotten together and celebrated.


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