A SAWMILL STORY


| November/December 1987


R.R. 6 Box 159 Greensburg, Indiana 47240

I have been a subscriber to the Album since 1951 but have never written in about anything. We have powered our sawmill with steam for 54 years using Gaar Scott, Robinson, Aultman-Taylor, Advance, Baker and Case engines. The last engine was a '75' Case No. 34298. When I got this engine I wrote to the Case Co. and they said this engine was built in 1917 and sold new in 1920. I still have that letter. This '75' Case had a Canadian type boiler with a high lap seam triple riveted boiler with 7/16 inch boiler plate. This engine powered our sawmill for 19 years. We had a fully enclosed shed, so we could saw in all kinds of weather. We had a crew of five men working full time so we sawed all year round winter and summer. In these 19 years we spent $325.00 for repairs. We took good care of it, used plenty of cylinder oil and cleaned the boiler at least once a week. My engineer said if we took that engine out he would quit. So then after these 19 years we put in an automatic mill and electricity and our engineer did quit. Now the Holp boys said no one ever made a living with a Case. We made a good living for us and five more men. When we took the Case out we sold it to Mr. Wm. Clem of Manasas. Virginia. As far as I know he still has it. There was a full page picture in the 1964 December issue of Engineers and Engines, and a write up about it. I don't think anyone can beat that. I am sure all make engines did the work they were made for. I am not running down any particular engines. I hope you can read this, I am a little shaky with my writing. I am now 82 years old.

We still have an Advance Rumely 20 HP No. 15091 built in 1920. My neighbor bought it new in 1920. I have all the original papers that came with it. It is a good engine. We just use this for shows. We did thresh with it a few years.

I am a charter member of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana. We have our show at Rushville, Indiana each year. I was the first treasurer of that club and served in that capacity for 25 consecutive years.
















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