Smoke rings

| May/June 1975

Hi! Getting all packed - what's that you've been packed and ready to leave anytime for the good old Shows? Well, I just want to give you a little bit of advice - Travel can broaden the mind, lengthen the tongue and flatten the wallet - it can be broadening in other areas also, especially if you stop at all the recommended eating places. So take care, come back with your weight in memories!

I'm not getting much response to the request for recipes for the Cook Book - someone wrote and asked me if we want just recipes or do we want old-time threshing recipes -I'd say - any kind - and it would be interesting to have some of the old threshing recipes - if we don't have to make the recipe the size of a threshing crew! Just wanted to remind you of this little item.

There are a lot of shows, reunions, auctions, etc. coming up - and one that is important in this area is the auction that will be held in Enola in Sept. - the Museum items from Elmer Ritzman's Korn Krib are going to be sold Sept. 27. There will be ads in each of the magazines from now on 'til sale time. That sorta tugs at my heart - as I know it does to his family also - but then Elmer wouldn't want it any other way - but to have the items go to folks who are just as interested in preserving them as he had done! I'm sure of that - cause he couldn't take them with him - or he would have - and I'm sure he wants them to be where they can continue to present the history of the past to the future generations.- You'll be hearing more on this from me later.

And now onto our letters from the GEM members. This one comes from GALE NOTTMEYER, Hoffman, Illinois 62250 as he tells us: 'I have an old engine which I am hoping someone can help me with some information. I believe it is an old Lauson of about 1 HP. It has a symbol on the gas tank with an L on it. The intake valve is opened by vacuum on the downward intake stroke. The exhaust is opened by a push rod which is cam operated. The piston is about 2-1/4' diameter, overall height is about 14'. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. The carburetor and igniter is missing and I'd like to know something as to getting it set up again.'

From a new subscriber, H. W. KEATHLEY, 1535 Garden Street, Glendale, California 91201 comes this message: 'I have been interested in old engines for sometime and have acquired several. I am restoring a Hicks marine engine, I believe. There is no name plate or numbers. My problem is the carburetor. It has one, but I am sure it is not correct. If anyone knows about this engine, I would appreciate a picture or information regarding the intake manifold and carburetor. I have enjoyed this magazine very much, especially your 'Smoke Rings' column.

From New Zealand comes a letter from M.I.G. Reid, 251 Huatoki Street, New Plymouth, N.Z. - 'As a result of writing to the Science Museum, 're' gas engines, I have been given your address, for further information. Could you forward any information with regard to the Stover Engine Works, Freeport, Illinois? I recently came across a 5 HP engine in very poor condition and I believe it was made in 1903 or thereabouts.' (Help me Fellas!)


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