The Kitten Water Wagon of 97


| May/June 1998



Water wagon

Water wagon loaded on a trailer, headed for Texas.

R.R. 2, Box 6, Slaton, Texas 79364

Here is another short story about the Ferdinand Foundry and Machine Works at Ferdinand, Indiana. My triple great uncle manufactured steam engines, separators, sawmills and water wagons. I have written a few stories about these products except for the water wagons. So now we have a new chapter to tell.

There are about ten steps for refurbishing a Kitten water wagon.

 1. First and foremost you have to know Francis and Mike Lindauer from Ferdinand, Indiana.
 2. Secure their help to find parts around Ferdinand to reassemble a Kitten water wagon.
 3. Make a pattern or two for some of the missing parts.
 4. Find a foundry to cast the patterns.
 5. Borrow a complete and original Kitten water wagon from a neighbor by the name of Ernie Brames of Ferdinand, Indiana.
 6. Find a water pump manufactured by Myers Pump Company.
 7. Obtain services from Modern Welding to make the tank.
 8. Obtain services from Ernest Weyer to do the blacksmithing.
 9. Obtain services from Joe Hoffman for sandblasting.
10. The Lindauers did the painting and lettering and final assembly.
11. Not really a step, but Francis calls Jerry to say that the Kitten water wagon is ready except for one minor detail before I can pick it up. I have to go to a really good show to show off the 'new' Kitten before taking it home to Texas.

The show we attended was in Elnora, north of Washington in White River Valley.

As Francis Lindauer said, this is the best all around show that he has been to, and I agree. The show featured antique cars and trucks, over 300 tractors, all types of belt-driven machinery, field demonstrations, blacksmith shop, country music, extra large flea market, buildings with hand tools, horse carriages and machinery, general store, avenue of shops from yesteryear, quilting, old farmstead, working wood shop and machine shop, operating steam building, and I almost forgot (not really!) a few Kittens of course, the reason I traveled 1200 miles in the first place.