SOOT IN THE FLUES


| September/October 1994


'A letter that inspired me to write was an article by Lloyd Creed in the March/April issue about the picture that he believes to be Steam Injun Joe's Place. I believe him to be correct,' writes STANLEY O. BYERLY, 7155 Corydon Jct. Road N.E., New Salisbury, Indiana 47161

'I don't know beans about steam, but I had heard of Joe for years. So, one day I stopped and talked to Joe. I found him to be quite an interesting fellow. His knowledge about all machinery was extraordinary.

'I took a picture of his oldest engine, a portable Nichols/Shepherd. He said the only oldest engine is in the Ford Museum or the Smithsonian I can't remember.

'It was about eight years ago that I was there. He told me that he and his father bought all those engines so the junk man couldn't get them. They are sitting there, rusting away. If he has a sale, it should be some sale, as he has about everything you can imagine.



'As I stated awhile ago, I don't know steam about beans, or is it the other way around? Ha, Ha! The closest I came to be around steam was while I was a child growing up south of Crandall, Indiana. There was a neighbor, Charles Barksdale, who had a sawmill about one mile from our house. It was powered by a 65 Case. I can still hear it run, for on a clear day one could hear the governor open up when there was a log put through the saw.

'Charles got rid of the engine about 1954 or thereabouts. The engine went to Kentucky and stayed there until about ten years ago, when Arville Hendricks and Doc Klinerts brought it back to Indiana. Arville fixed it up like new. After Arville passed away the engine went downhill and when Doc had his sale three or four years ago, it was in sad shape. I don't remember who got it or where it went.














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