Iron Man Of The Month
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'Although I consider myself semi-retired I manage to keep
quite busy helping my son with the farming and also driving a
school bus,' says Mouser. 'And on Sundays we always attend
church where my daughter-in-law sings in the choir.'
Missing the rhythm of the barking stack and the whine of the old
separator, when The Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion
organized at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Stanley Mouser attend.
'I've never missed a one of the Mt. Pleasant
Reunions,' says he. 'Although I never got to run a steam
engine in the field when we threshed, I always get plenty of
opportunities to climb up on an engine and run it there. I was
elected to the Old Threshers Board in 1960, served two terms, and
still work on the Engine Placing and Parade Committees. My wife
says I have steam, not blood, in my veins.'
Meantime the Mouser steam Engine mail box has taken on an
additional service in the way of helping to preserve the Iowa
agricultural ecology. For what better place to keep her little
fledglings warm is there than atop a Russell boiler (even a mail
box model) where Mrs. Robin neatly tucked her summer's nest,
hard by the big fly-wheel. All of Which added more worries to the
daily rural carrier juggling the Russell firebox open and shoving
the Mousers' mail in without jostling the speckled eggs.
But we feel quite assured that the Stanley Mousers have
everything under control, what with that picture Stanley sent
showing the giant corn they raise out Iowa-way, being loaded by a
railroad crane, one ear at a time one ear to a car.
For his efforts in preserving the steam dynasty atop his mail
box post, and going one step further in the nurturing of
nature's lovely ways, we humbly reserve a seat for Stanley J.
Mouser in our Iron Man Hall of Fame. May the Good Lord grant him
many happy years around the Mt. Pleasant steam throttles and much
lingering in by-gone memories as he reads the Iron Man Album by the
Russell mail box at the end of the lane Where Robin Red Breast
sings his song.
Keeping the birds happy, polishing the old Russell and growing
the corn tall and straight That's Iowa Iron Man Heaven. And
Brother, that's not all for the birds!
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