| September/October 1976

559 Sheldon Road, Palmyra, New York 14522

I have been retired for several years now and for some time I have been driving cars for a Chevy-Olds-Rolls-Royce dealer in Palmyra, New York. He buys and sells cars all over the eastern part of the United States. Most of the time he sends me after Corvettes or Rolls-Royces. I have been to Houston, Texas; Miami Beach, Florida; Ashville, North Carolina; Winchester, Virginia; Boston, Massachusetts; Sunbury and Norristown, Pennsylvania; Burlington, Vermont; Lewiston, Maine; Auburn and Indianapolis, Indiana and Iowa City, Iowa. I was a little bit leary about flying at first but now I am an old pro at that. As a former Greyhound driver this is right up my allev.

Two years ago, I flew to Iowa City to pick up a Corvette, I put a few addresses in my pocket of fellow collectors that I have been writing to. While in Iowa I wanted to stop in to see Sam Herrington in Elk Horn and Freddy Andersen in Spirit Lake but didn't think I would have the time. Maybe next trip fellows. I did get to see Walter (Doc) Schrage in New Haven, Indiana. Doc is still very much involved with Maytags. I visited Doc once before in 1973. While at Doc's place I called up Victor Lippi in Van Wert, Ohio and made arrangements to meet him at his cider mill. Having been to Victor's place before, I thought I could drive right up to his place with no trouble at all. You guessed it, made the wrong turn. I wrote Victor and apologized. When I was at Victor's place in 1973, he didn't have his 15 HP St. Marys running yet. In his last letter to me he says he finally got it running. He had to change the carburator from natural gas to gasoline. I sure would like to hear it run. I'll be out that way again sometime.

My next stop was in Sandusky, Ohio, where I met Ellsworth Weiland just at dinner time. Sure I was invited to sit down and eat with them. It was nice to have a home-cooked meal for a change as I eat in restaurants most of the time. Mrs. Weiland is a good cook without a doubt. Mr. Weiland has about 30 gas engines, 8 light plants, Fordson tractor about 1925, 2 Centour tractors, several garden tractors-Kincade, Standard, Walsh, Pioneer Red E, 1918 and 1923 Ford, 1919 Studebaker touring car, Smith Motor Wheel, a collection of 250 spark plugs and a world of parts. Now there's a man that is really involved. I could only spend about 2 hours with him, but I would have liked to have spent a whole day.

Back into the Corvette and more miles I finally got to Roy Meister's place in Fowler, Ohio. It was a little past supper time and I hadn't had mine yet so Roy's wife, Katie, made me some ham and eggs. Good too.

Roy had 6 or 7 engines. He is presently restoring an ARCO. Somebody had converted the ignition from magneto to battery, coil and spark plug. I hope he finds a magneto for it. Roy goes to several shows during the year and he says when he hears those steamers puffing away and the gas engines running he gets all choked up. Don't we all. We wouldn't be true collectors if we didn't. I invited Roy and his wife to come to the Jensen Homestead this summer. I hope they can make it. I left the Meister's around 7:30 p.m. and arrived in Palmyra about 1:00 a.m. that night. It was a most enjoyable trip.