SAWMILL FAMILY

Minneapolis steam engine

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Rt 3. Fredericktown, Ohio

I am sending a picture of my 20 H.P. Minneapolis steam engine No. 8567. built in 1924. It is in A-1-condition with new flues, cleaned, painted the original colors and Ohio State inspected.

I use it on my sawmill which is a wonderful power and cheap to operate. My mill is a three head block with a 56 inch saw. I changed the feed on the carriage and put it on hydraulic which really works nice. I also made a log turner from an old hay tedder, grain binder clutch, an airplane starting motor, h.p. electric motor and a drum with cable wrapped on it. It will turn the largest log with ease and saves a lot of back strain.

I do the sawing even through I am 72 years old and my wife Emma does a fine job of off bearing. Our youngest daughter, Lareta Goossens, who you see in the picture with the youngest of her three children and myself, fires the engine and can start it very smoothly. I was amused once when we were sawing pretty steady and the logs were very large, she said the water was a little low and the injector would not put water in the boiler. So I went to her aid and as we had been pulling pretty hard, the injector was hot so I drew a quart can of cold water from the faucet I have on the rear water tank and poured it down over the injector and it took hold immediately so that solved her problem.

We also have another daughter who's husband, Kenneth Jewell, and our son, Leland Winand, has helped a lot in the mill too. The largest log that we have sawed was 49 ft. 10 inches and it squared 16 inches. Some log! We have just finished the last of the 75 logs that was in and are closing down for the winter but hope to open again in the Spring.

I enjoy reading the Iron Men Album very much to see what other steam fans are doing. I have threshed and fed the seperators day after day and ate a lot of dust but guess it didn't hurt me. When the whistle blows for dinner it is like a factory, the work stops and so will I for this time.