STEAM MEMORIES


| November/December 1982



Case engine

1820 Ridgeview Drive Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013

I was born and raised on the farm. In 1902 we moved to Kennidas Valley. My dad had a Farquhar portable steam engine that he used to run the saw-mill with. We lived there 3 years and then moved over to Cumberland County. We farmed there for 15 years and then the Country Club bought the farm. We did all the farm work with mules. We always had a man come in to do our threshing, and I was fascinated to see the steam engine pulling the threshing machine.

After we quit farming, I went out to get a job. I went to Altoona, Penna. and got a job firing on the Pennsylvania Railroad. I worked there until I had enough money to buy a motorcycle. I then got a leave of absence and rode the motorcycle home. Going over the mountain on one of those hairpin turns I skidded and hit a tree. I laid there several hours and a man came along and put me in his car and took me to the hospital. I was there about 3 weeks. I had a hole knocked in my skull, 3 broken ribs and my back almost broke. I laid around all summer, and then went back to work firing again. My first trip out was down-grade all the way and then we hooked onto 50 cars of stone and came back to the yard again. When we got back, my back was just killing me, so I went into the office and resigned. I went home again and after more rest I heard that they were hiring again in the Enola train yards, so I went down there to get a job. But I had to go and take a physical examination. Everything went all right until the doctor put the paddle over my left eye and I couldn't read the chart, and he told me he couldn't pass me for train service.

This Case engine was once the property of D. N. Sheaffer. In this picture, it is shown rolling over carpeting at the Masland Carpet Company. This promotional scene was meant to endorse the durability of the Masland product.

Then I was drafted for the army. I was sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, and I was picked to go in the non-com officer's school. I took a 6 week course in 3 weeks. I was then sent to Camp Annson, Alabama to train with the 98th but they didn't get there, as the Armistice was signed and they turned the train around and took them back home.

I then went into partnership with my brother selling tires and vulcanizing. Then we went into a car dealership selling Paige and Jewett cars. We also stocked a lot of parts to fix up old cars that we traded in, and other dealers came in to get parts, and that is the way we got into selling to other dealers. But I still had steam engines in my mind, so after we moved into the new building and went into the auto parts business in a larger way, we put in a modern machine shop. I bought a 40 HP Case engine and had it for three years. A man from York came to see it and I sold it to him. The engine once was used in a promotion by the C. H. Masland Carpet Plant. The engine ran over a carpet that Masland had to show the endurance of the rug. The picture appeared in their magazine that they mailed to their customers.