| July/August 1958

511 Fremont Street, Bronson, Michigan

I HAVE BEEN Interested in steam engines since I was a kid. Our neighbor had a Nichols & Shepard 18 hp. engine and a Nichols & Shepard separator. He did all our threshing for years. The engine was a double cylinder, side mounted. His name was Dud Benton, south of Bronson, Michigan.

I have built a few small engines myself. The first was in 1942. It was an oscillating engine. Later I built a small double, 1 bore and about 2 stroke. I also built one 7/8 bore 1 stroke with the valve built in the main crank shaft. There is also a small engine and reversing turbine at the Grant Hotel in Coldwater, Michigan, which I built and traded for a gun.

Enclosed is a picture of my Walking Beam engine which I have completed a short time ago. If you will look real close you will see the walking beam. I have an external fire box and return flue boiler. I carry 85 lbs. which is enough for the engine as it is light. Notice there is a slight grade toward my workshop, when I built the engine I pulled a friend, Jim Grealey's Pontiac eight up that grade and the little engine was popping off when we stopped.

The little trailer carries coal, water and tools. That is me stoking up the fire. The only trouble I had that day was the snow would ball up on the drive wheels.

Paul Lampe, Colon, Michigan, and I are busy building another engine about four times bigger. It will be a two cylinder return flue job. We are working on it at his welding shop in Colon.


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