Rt. 2, Box 6, Slaton, Texas 79364
Fulda, Indiana, is named after Fulda, Germany. German immigrants founded the town with a landscape similar to Fulda, Germany. This landscape is the same as Ferdinand, Santa Claus, St. Meinard, Dale, Jasper, Haysville, Celestine, Schnellbille, and even French Lick, Indiana.
Fulda has a beautiful church on a hill similar to the church at Ferdinand. The town is off the main four-lane highway and thus it hasn't prospered in population, but has prospered in good people and hard work.
I came from Texas for this special event in Indiana. This was an event for me, because our branch of the Kitten family came from Ferdinand, Indiana. It was even more special because of friends there, especially Jackson and Ardella Meyer, and Francis and Julianna Lindauer.
The Lindauers own two Kitten engines, one Kitten separator, and just recently acquired one Kitten water wagon. Francis and his sons had the water wagon made to exact specifications, as was done by the Kitten Machine Works. The painting shows just what quality work they can do in Ferdinand.
Of course the Kitten equipment was used in the 150 year celebration and parade at Fulda. The parade took three hours and had entries from all of their neighboring towns, and was quite a sight to see. The only way to put on an antique show after that was to demonstrate the equipment working just like they used to, only a few years ago. Some of the people running the equipment used to run the same equipment for a living. It was easy to tell that, because the horses and wagons brought the bundles in early and quickly.
They only started with nine wagons--yes, nine wagons at one time with the first load. As one wagon was emptied, they went to the field for another load. I was helping Sylvester Hausfurther run the Kitten engine which turned out to be work! Of course firing the Kitten engine is very easy, but since they are not used very often, there are some minor adjustments to be made during the day. Being from Texas, I catch some ribbing when we have to stop separating while I have to work on the Kitten engine.
Notice in the accompanying pictures how the women did help in harvesting the wheat. Ottie Betz's daughter, who married Herbert Burke, threw quite a few bundles that day. Another young lady who does quite well is Sally. Everyone knows Sally--she's kinda sweet on David Hausfurther. David is Sylvester's brother and Sylvester is kind of a quiet guy who doesn't know much mechanically, but Francis and Mike were able to show him how to run a Kitten steam engine. Then there is Linus Hausfurther, (another brother), who has a good team to pull the wagon load of hay. As you can see in the picture, he is a big, big man, kinda like 'Big Bad John.' So it is best to say this about him--on top of the wagon with reins in hand, he's a mighty good man--Big Linus.
No wind at Fulda, as 'Nessie' fires Huber. The Huber engine is owned by Francis Lindauer. The Francis-Kitten wagon is being put to good use.
This small wagon load pulls up to the Kitten engine and Kitten separator. However, see below who has to finish the job: Notice: no wind and not much smoke coming from the efficient burning return flue Kitten.
Wayne Thieman and the Boerme family are some of the residents of Fulda who helped us a lot in threshing and supplying wheat, coal and water for the crew. We thank you too, even if Linus was in charge.
To the town of Fulda, Francis and Mike Lindauer, the threshing/separator crew, Eugene Burke, Herbert Burke and sons, Ottie Betz who owned this Kitten separator, and the welcome help of people like Sally Gogel, I thank you all!
And to the readers, I hope I have shown through the story, and especially the pictures, how the Kitten equipment operates and how important it is to have a working show with plenty of volunteers.