| January/February 1984

603 Paris Avenue Rockford, Illinois 61107

In 1956 I acquired a 16 HP Soule Steam Feed Works twin cylinder engine #162 from my cousin, Fred A. Smith Lumber Company, Schumm, Lumber Company.

In April of 1962, with information from George Hedtke of Davis Junction, Illinois, I located a 12 HP Russel boiler #16159 at Genoa, Illinois. The owner at the time was F. R. Orr of Momence, Illinois, from whom I purchased it.

In July 1962 I shipped the boiler to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. I was working in Rockford, but my home was in Indiana at the time. During the next two years I worked on getting all the piping for the boiler, as it had nothing or it when I bought it.

In 1964 I mounted the boiler and engine on a 1941 GMC truck frame, then it was stored for the next 14 years at the Arthur Brindel Farm, four miles north of Arcola, Indiana.

During the time the boiler was sitting, I completed five years in the Service and got married. After the service, we made our home back in Rockford, Illinoisnot much time to work on the boiler, as it was 265 miles away.