THE KITTEN: From Wood To Cast Iron


| May/June 1992



Kitten factory

Rt 2, Box 6 Slaton, Texas 79364-9501

I have a story to tell you about the Kitten factory, and more specifically the travels of the wooden patterns for the Kitten steam engine.

Florenz Kitten came here from Ibbenburen, West Germany with his parents when he was ten years old. They settled in a small southwest Indiana town called Ferdinand. It was there that Florenz attended school.

One teacher noticed that during recess Florenz would leave the school ground and return when classes were to begin again. And as the story goes, the teachers could not find out anything about what he was doing every day when he left the school ground. Of course, all children were supposed to stay on the school property until classes were dismissed for the day.

The problem was solved one day when a teacher followed Florenz on his usual journey. At this early age, he was busy building his own small scale steam engine in his secret hiding place.

As you can tell, Florenz started early in his life to work on his dream. And from that day on, the teacher who followed Florenz continued to help and encourage him to build and sell steam engines.