The Clinton Jacksons


| January/February 1958



Pontiac, Illinois

Mr. Zehr made a visit with the Jacksons and then wrote to us about them. We liked it so much that we readily pass it on to you. We think we know the Jacksons now. Maybe you will too. Elmer

ARLY THIS WEEK MRS. Zehr and I were on our way home from Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and by driving a few miles out of our way we were able to pass by the beautiful country home of our good friends, the Clinton Jacksons, near Eleva, Wisconsin.

The setting of this old style country home is of unusual beauty, nestled among the rolling hills, with plenty of very rich farm land. Mr. Jackson is a college graduate and a real thinking person, especially about steam engines and other machinery, such, as saw mills, revamping some of the old thresher engines, putting two steam domes on an Avery undermounted 22 making a real Hot Rod out of a 14 Minneapolis return flue, which Mr. Jackson is asked to show at many gatherings, and most generally gets paid for doing it.

Mr. Jackson has patented and perfected an unusual portable saw mill which can be set and operated in 20 minutes with but one person, being head sawyer, carriage man, log turner, saw dust carrier, in fact he does all but roll the logs and pile the lumber. This can be hauled down a paved highway at a speed of 50 miles per hour, is very sturdily built which causes it to produce almost perfectly cut lumber. He also is a designer and draftsman.

Mr. Jackson has recently patented and is manufacturing what I call a 'miracle'. Personally I have had some years operating a portable saw mill and feel I am qualified to comment on this new invention. It is a portable saw filing machine. He can file and swedge a 60' saw in five minutes. These machines can be attached to a mill and left on it ready to be put into service on a seconds notice. In fact it grinds the tooth to a perfect sharp edge and keeps the two high points square as they must be to do clean and straight sawing. It beats anything I have ever seen.