EXPERIENCE WITH A HOADLEY

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Yacolt, Washington

I WAS SURE Interested in the picture of that old J. C. Hoadley Portable engine in the January-February, 1958 issue of the ALBUM.

My, how that brings up memories of 1892, for it was with an old Hoadley in central Oregon that I had my first contact with a steam engine and the privilege of firing, starting and stopping one.

That was a great thrill for a boy not yet 12 years old. Here started an interest in machinery that still exists.

My father, a pioneer to Oregon in 1853, who had operated up and down saw mills as well as those more modern, traded a Ranch in Klickitat County, Washington, for a saw mill and timber near Lone Creek, Oregon.

After a week of travel (now day by truck) with wagon, buggy and buckboard we arrived at the mill site to begin repairs. The first of which was to remove the fallen mill shed.

The old portable Hoadley had been worked over for the engine had been taken from its boiler mounting and built up on a cast base.

The cylinder was bolted to the base saddle like it had been on the boiler. As I remember, two cross-head guide brackets were used instead of the one bracket when boiler mounted for the cylinder head served as one.

Two bolted-on pillow block brackets were used for the center crank shaft. Said shaft had been lengthened for the drive pulley.

The wagon seat spring type automatic governor controlled the speed. This was supposed to have been a 10 hp. engine with a 7x10 cylinder. It powered a double mill. This saw was the only one I ever saw with many holes in it and for what purpose I never learned.

A made-up dame was attached to the boiler where the cylinder had been. The steam pipe from this dome was attached to the top of the cylinder where the safety valve had been when the cylinder was boiler mounted. A built in throttle valve was part of the cylinder and valve make up and let steam in from the space around the cylinder which space also served as a steam dome when on the boiler. This portable had iron wheels. Not that I know from visual memory but by reasoning. One night when I was engineer in 1895 I was awakened to find the mill in flames. Wooden wheels

would have burned up. After it cooled off I put the engine in operation with the only apparent damage, a bent crank shaft.

This old engine may still be in existence, for it was moved further into the mountains and powered a saw mill for many years.