| April 2000

Enclosed is a photo of a grinder that I have. I do not know what it was used for, but maybe one of your readers could identify its use and age. On the lower plate, the casting reads 'J.A. Berrill and Son.' There are no other names or part numbers on it. When the crank is turned, the lower drum rotates. There are serrated teeth on the rotating drum, which match the teeth on the stationary hopper top. Tension against the teeth can be adjusted by turning the wing nut on the lower plate. Robert Kubisch 2111 Gilbride Rd., Martinsville, NJ 08836-2234


I am sending a picture of my 1933 Aermotor windmill, which I have restored, fulfilling a dream I've had for a long time. One of my treasured childhood memories is stopping by the old cement watering tank at our windmill on hunting trips. My English Setter bird dogs would stand on their back feet and drink water from the iron spout.

My cousin in northeast Illinois had this dismantled Aermotor in his garage for 14 years. When he asked me if I wanted it, I jumped at the chance! My daughter and I hauled it home in nothing longer than ten-foot pieces. A coffee can full of bolts and strange-looking things came with it.

This mill was once used to pump water for a small dairy farm in Livingston County, Ill. Watching it whirl in my front yard makes me appreciate the power of the wind. I plan to install a pump and fish pond very soon! Royal Lighty, Crawfordsville, Ind.


Where can I get glass for old drip engine oilers? I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has any information.

Ralph Ament, 5318 K Ave., Cherokee, Iowa 51012