Letters & Miscellanies

Universal Road Machinery Co., Ruston & Hornsby engines in Iraq, Foos update

| February 2008

Universal Road Machinery Co.

The photo above, owned by the Friends of Historic Kingston organization in New York, appeared in Images of America, Kingston, published by Acadia Press, 2004.

According to FOHK information, the photo is of the Universal Road Machinery Co., circa 1910, 27 Emerick St. Known originally as the Julian Scholl Co., by 1909 it was incorporated as the Universal Road Machinery Co. By 1918, it was locally owned, and Alexander B. Shufeldt became president. The Reliance trademark became known not only in the United States, but also all over the world, as well.

The conveyor belt in the photo is one example of the products the company manufactured for mining, quarrying and road building.

Bob Naske, pulleypower@frontiernet.net

Gas Engine Magazine archives spark memory

I am pleased to say I received the Gas Engine Magazine CD archive discs. It has been most interesting to look back, in disc 1 in particular, to an article I published and also several photos I submitted (and had forgotten about). Thank you.

Alex Walford, 19 Barn Hall Ave. Colchester, Essex, England C02 8 TE