The mill is a Hill-Curtiss with a three bunk carriage and sixty
inch saw. It also has an American edger.
The separator is a Minnesota Chief, hand feed, equipped with a
straw carrier. I have no information on size or year of
manufacture, owners of separator are the Bain Bros. Picture was
taken Aug 7, 1955 at Howard Lake Fair, by Merle Jones of Little
A VW boiling over? Impossible! unless it’s a steam-powered
Beetle. The work of Richard J. Smith, of Midway City, Calif., the
engine is a modified outboard motor and it will run on almost
anything that burns: gasoline, kerosene, paint thinner, No. 2 fuel
Smith’s steamer wooshed him cross-country to attend a
meeting of the Steam Automobile Club at Greensboro, N. C. He made
the entire trip in fourth gear, using the standard VW transmission
and a full head of steam.
Designing and building the engine took less than a month and
more than $4,000. Previous conventions saw Mr. Smith arrive with
but not in other steam-powered creations, including a portable
generator, a go-kart and a surf board.