Iron Man Of The Month

Of DAYTON DAILY NEWS AND RADIO's JOE'S JOURNAL

| May/June 1968

  • Subterranean chamber
    Courtesy of Joe Fahnestock, Union City, Indiana Carlton Weisel conducts a tour through his ''Holy of Holies ''when my eyes finally adjusted to the illumination of this subterranean chamber, I beheld the human form of my host at the far end of a winding la
    Joe Fahnestock
  • Case steam engine model
    Courtesy of Joe Fahnestock, Union City, Indiana He's always a prominent fixture at the model engine table at any midwest thresher's reunion. At Wauseon, Ohio, N.T.A., Carlton Weisel (white cap, center) admires Case steam engine model made by Harry DeArman
    Joe Fahnestock
  • Carlton Weisel
    Courtesy of Joe Fahnestock, Union City, Indiana Carlton Weisel shows me one of his fine model workshops in rear of seed store, Hilisdale, Michigan. Here Weisel is making adjustment on cutting tool. A good thing he operates only one machine at a time with
    Joe Fahnestock
  • Corliss engine model.
    Courtesy of Joe Fahnestock, Union City, Indiana The women bartered in seeds and plants while Carlton Weisel is transfixed over Corliss Model. My wife purchases some garden varieties from the patient Cora Weisel, while hubby Carlton busies himself with his
    Joe Fahnestock
  • Corliss Engine
    Courtesy of Joe Fahnestock, Union City, Indiana What Carlton Weisel makes out of junk-Like Santa's Workshop-we couldn't miss the Weisel Seed Store in Hillsdale, Michigan because it was where all the engines were in the window. Fine models of vertical, hor
    Joe Fahnestock

  • Subterranean chamber
  • Case steam engine model
  • Carlton Weisel
  • Corliss engine model.
  • Corliss Engine

UNION CITY, INDIANA.

'Mister, can you direct us to the whereabouts of the Weisel Seed Store?'

'Just follow your nose down to where all the steam engines are stacked in the window and smoke's pourin' out of the door. You can't miss it. And if he happens to be over at the junkyard, she'll sack up what plants 'n seeds you need.'

Thus it was that we were directed down the main thoroughfare of Hillsdale, Mich., to seek out the private haunts of one Carlton Weisel, full time model steam engine genius and junkyard commuter, part-time seedsman and seasonal fabricator of yule tide mistletoe, at Christmastime.



The rows of boxed spring tomato seedlings out front, the rising tiers of model steam engines, their pistons and fly-wheels of brass and nickel-silver reflecting the solitary light bulb through a dark window, the smell of feed and grain sacks wafting from within all told us we were indeed there.

A short, heavy-jowled figure, looking more like an elf from Santa's workshop than ye Iron Man on the vibrating deck, came waddling up the store aisle, lugging a heavy model of a Corliss steam engine-which he promptly plopped down in juxtaposition astride the seed store, counter. His eyes were utterly transfixed upon the object of his affection, hardly knowing I had arrived, while the womenfolk were already well into bartering bargains over the counter in the way of garden seeds and tomato plants.



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