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Little Laura

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Box 875, Swansboro, North Carolina 28584

Early in April, Bob and Kathy Jeffreys and little daughter, Laura (2) of Linden, (near Fayetteville) North Carolina, spent the weekend with steam buff Brooks Jones of Swansboro. Jones is a retired school teacher in his seventies. Bob is in his thirties so he said, 'I came down for some steam schooling and steam powered wood sawing.' Kathy, a primary and elementary teacher, is getting to be quite a steam enthusiast too. Bob and Kathy are both interested in steam, wind and solar power and are gradually making use of these in their new home near Linden. They are now building a tri-level house taking advantage of the best possible orientation for solar heating and wind power.

During their visit they steamed up Brooks' 1910 Tozer stationary farm engine twice and sawed wood both for the house and for the engine itself. Little Laura was the epitome of courage and withstood the blasts of the safety valve and the scream of the whistle without shedding a tear.

Over a period of more than sixty years of following his steam hobby, Brooks has owned two Stanley steam cars, a Lidgerwood steam hoist, a stern wheel river boat, a steam shovel engine, a 1901 Stanley engine, a small Stanley boiler, a model lake steamer, a steam tricycle, a steam go-cart, dozens of Weeden and other model engines and the Tozer mentioned in the beginning of this article.

Bob is currently restoring a stationary horizontal Frick engine, 7 x 10 with serial #1636 purchased last fall from W. E. Davis of Seven Springs, North Carolina. He has recently bought an old duplex steam pump and needs help and technical advice on how to convert it to a steam engine. Bob and Kathy are also looking for a small boiler and engine to run a small generator to charge six volt golf cart batteries. They are now generating all their electricity with a gasoline engine powering a 28 volt surplus military generator and they are putting up a Wincharger windmill plus a small amount of photovoltaic to supply all their power.

Bob can be reached at the following address: Route 1, Box 48A, Linden, North Carolina 28356.