Russell Engine Sams' Life Story


| November/December 1988



Geiser steam engine

710 N. Fourth St. Miamisburg, Ohio 45342

I was born September 4, 1922 in a small town called Boston, 6 miles East of Hillsboro, Ohio in Highland County.

When I was 8 years old I joined the 4-H Club. I did not have anything to enter in the club program. So, my mother planted some flower seeds. But they did not grow so I took what was left of the seeds and planted them in a flower box. Then I got some rocks and painted them, and placed them in the box. I got first prize for it!

When I was 9, I wanted to be an engineer. So I asked my grandfather what I needed to know to be a steam engineer. So he taught me how to run a steam engine.

In the spring of 1931 my father brought his 19/65 HP Baker home from the shed where he kept it. I asked my father if I could run the Baker. He said 'if you know how'. So I got on the Baker and did everything there was to do to start it. My father asked who showed me how to do all that. 'I will tell you some day. Now may I take myself a ride?' Father said yes. I drove the engine over to the well where my father said he wanted it parked. I had to have a box to stand on so I could see over the engine.

I asked my father if I could go with him when he went to thresh wheat to learn more about the Baker, to be an engineer. Father took me with him. He had a big threshing ring, 48 jobs. I can remember two farms having 150 acres of wheat.