Farm Collector

MY MERRY GO-ROUND

714 Union Street, Northfield, Minnesota 55057.

I built this Merry-Go-Round about fifteen years ago. This
machine is sixteen feet in diameter, with eight large horses, 48
inches long and about 36 inches to the saddle. It is made somewhat
like the large carnival rides and powered by a Kohler gas engine. I
always wanted to convert it to steam power, but now that I am 70
years old and have heart trouble, it will never be done. I just
hope that some handy man at one of our steam shows could finish
this job. I am sure he would have as much pleasure with it as I
have had in the past.

When my boys were in school, we used it at church bazaars, steam
shows, and other small celebrations. It was a good little
money-maker. We have Hi-Fi records from the old organ music of long
ago. I also carried water to keep the barrel full for many
merry-go-round engineers. We would always get a free ride for this
work.

These machines would arrive in each town in a box car. We would
help to unload and set up. They stayed a week in each town. At that
time they were not with a carnival.

I would like to hear from someone who could put this machine
back into working order. The last time it was used a few years ago,
a tooth was broken in a bevel gear that runs the shaft into the
crow’s nest. I have parts to put this back into shape with a
different drive. Let’s hear from someone who would undertake
this job and be happy with his results.

  • Published on Jan 1, 1973
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