Gas from The Tramp Preacher's Tank Jesus said, 'Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled'. Matt. 5:6.
Everybody knows that a good appetite is a bit of a treasure. That is all who have never lost it. There are several good reasons why a good appetite is a blessing.
First it is a mark of life. Only living things hunger and thirst. You know living trees pull from the Earth gallons of water every day. When a tree ceases to hunger and thrist it is DEAD.
Then it is a mark of normal and healthy life. The Physician asks, 'How is your appetite'. It is needful to keep the body in repair. It is also a roadway to growth.
Again it is a source of genuine enjoyment. Not much surpasses the enjoyment of a big meal with a big appetite. Mother's bread was so good largely because we had not developed dyspepsia.
There are other hungers than the hunger for bread. Jesus said, 'Man shall not live by bread alone'. Man shares hunger with all the lower animals. The dog eats and drinks but wonders not what is on the other side of the mountain. We are not even satisfied with the knowledge of what is on the other side of the mountain we want to know the Creator of it all. Phillip said, 'Show us the Father and we will be satisfied'. In this he voiced a hunger that is as old as man.
Here is a picture of an Avery Tractor sold new in 1920 at Bedford, Iowa to J. E. Shogran, now owned by Francis Koehler, Winterset, Iowa.
My 1927 Model F Fordson in nice running order.
Here is a picture of a gas shovel taken at a chat pile by our place.
So often we misunderstand our longings. We seek satisfaction in so many things and they all disappoint. We are often satisfied with the second best and allow our higher hunger to become dormant. There is a vast number of people who have no taste for the spiritual. You may have heard of the man getting on the wrong street car. He was going to a Sunday Baseball game and got on a car going to an evangelistic service. He said, 'I was certainly in one hell of a fix'. What was heaven to the saint was hell to the sinner.
This BLESSES is for those who hunger and thrist after righteousness. Then we ask 'what is this righteousness?' The answer is GOOD. However, that is not very thrilling in this day. It is a compliment when people say, 'He is a good man'. Don't get the idea that this is a luke warm something. A soldier, lay for long hours in a trench said he he would give his arm for a drink of water. Jacob was thirsty when he said to the Angel, 'I will not let thee go except thou bless me'.
This does not mean that we shall ever have this appetite and thirst satisfied. Like normal hunger it returns for more shortly. We are growing children and need to come to the Lord's table often.
This is a picture of some of my gas engine collection. The two on the right are Fairbanks. The one on the left is, I think, a Hercules.
First let me call your attention to the picture of the Case 40-72 with my wife standing by the side of it. You can get some idea of the. size of this hugh old tractor when I tell you that my wife is 5' 8' tall. We found this Case July, 1959 on our vacation drive through Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is located several miles south of Austin, Minnesota at Maurice Boot's place. I must say I never saw an old tractor so throughly cleaned, painted and restored as this 40-72 Case is. The engine number is 44378 and it was built about 1924.
This Hart Parr gas model was built by myself in two years' spare time from the original 1903 model. It has the features of the Hart Parr both in operation and looks.
This model is a one-quarter scale of the original Hart Parr tractor and is all handmade. It's built from sheet metal and strap iron. All castings are hand cut and welded together as are all the gears. Every thing on the tractor is handmade, no parts were purchased and put on. It weighs approximately 580 pounds, approximately three horse power, runs on straight gasoline and is a hit and miss like the original. It has a three inch bore and four inch stroke. It is oil cooled through the radiator, has oil drip cups which were used on the first Hart Parrs and were later changed to pump.
I'm employed as an operator at the City Power Plant and take much interest in machinery. I grew up with these old time tractors and threshers. My father owned a 1903 Hart Parr and thresher. We lived on a large farm and did a lot of threshing, breaking and plowing with a 30-60 Hart Parr tractor. My father used this tractor for about twenty-eight years with very little repair.
It holds many memories for me and I enjoyed building the model. This model has been displayed at the reunions and will be on display again this year.