Take some pieces of oil well casing, Model T parts, truck gears, assorted odds and ends of scrap metal, collect some cast off wheels, apply a lifetime of mechanical and tinkering experience and you come up with a couple of steam engines, complete with whistles.
That's what J. E. 'Jetty' Scouten of Medford did when he retired from the machine shop business but found he wasn't ready to quit building things.
In business in Medford 44 years, Scouten describes himself as 'a natural born mechanic.' He got his start repairing steam-powered threshers and tractors before World War I. He's been a steam engine buff ever since.
'I just wanted to build these to show I could do it,' he says. 'I just planned 'em as I went and bought very little of the parts. They're practically made out of the junk pile.'
Scouten's engines have little practical purpose, he admits, though Medford youngsters get a kick out of riding them and he's fired them up for a number of parades. However, the scrap pile and Scouten's mechanical genius have yielded a three-blade mower and garden plow, gasoline powered, that he's putting to good use.