| January/February 1958

  • Little Engine
    Little Engine modeled like old-fashioned threshing engine only one-third its size. The center pulley is for a belt. There used to be a seat on the back. Mr. Miller would drive the engine to town after mail, and it would make about 15 miles per hour. See a
  • Mr. Morton G. Miller
    Mr. Morton G. Miller pictured with his first invention The famous Little Engine. See article Little Engine Sparked a Career

  • Little Engine
  • Mr. Morton G. Miller

R. D. 7, Box 943, Terre Haute, Indiana

FILL 'LITTLE ENGINE' with a wash boiler full of water and four buckets of coal and she'll generate 90 pounds of steam, same as she did in 1900. The only difference is that in 1900 the inventor stoked her with an armload of wood.

That's when Morton G. Miller, machinist-inventor, of Summit Grove (Indiana) built the little engine because his father needed something to furnish power for operating machinery in their little farm shop.

'I only built things because they were needed', explains Mr. Miller when visitors exclaim over the unique little engine.

Born a quarter mile north of the Miller homestead from which his grandfather supplied black walnut wood to steamboats plying the Wabash, Morton always hung around machines. One day, watching a man repair a threshing machine, the boy asked more questions than the machine had parts.

When his legs grew long enough he hired out as a machinist's apprentice for 75 cents a day, and rode 4 miles to work on his 54-inch-wheel bicycle.


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