WATER SIZZLING IN THE BOILER IS MOST RELAXING

BILL WELLENSTEIN ON STEAM ENGINES

| May/June 1973

  • 6 HP Upright Boiler
    Bill is trying out one of his many beautiful whistles on his 6 HP upright boiler. Courtesy of Ed Schuknecht, Editor of The Port Washington Pilot.
    Ed Schuknecht
  • Steam Engine
    This photo shows some of Bill's steam engine collection ranging from 1 HP to 6 HP with various other items as gas engine and water ram. Courtesy of Ed Schuknecht, Editor of The PortWashington Pilot.
    Ed Schuknecht
  • Remmel Water Pump
    This shows Bill with a very old but like new condition 2 cylinder Remmel water pump used on a water supply tank for large threshing engines. Courtesy of Ed Schuknecht, Editor of The Port Washington Pilot.
    Ed Schuknecht
  • Electric Boiler
    Bill and his helper Alvin Schmitt are working on a small electric boiler on one of his many work benches loaded with brass fittings and gadgets of all kinds. Courtesy of Ed Schuknecht, Editor of The Port Washington Pilot.
    Ed Schuknecht

  • 6 HP Upright Boiler
  • Steam Engine
  • Remmel Water Pump
  • Electric Boiler

We thank Ed Schuknecht, Editor of The Port Washington Pilot newspaper for permission to reprint the following story and pictures. This was sent to us through the courtesy of Alvin Schmitt, 504 W. Chestnut Street, Port Washington, Wisconsin 53074.

Bill Wellenstein who lives at 100 Main St., Belgium, Wis., became interested in steam engines at an early age. At 15 he went clover threshing with his dad who had a 16 hp Russell engine. Bill was the engineer one season while his dad took care of the thresher.

Bill liked everything about threshing except crawling out of the sack before daylight the grass would be moist from the dew in the late season and sometimes even had frost.

The first chore was opening the smoke box door and cleaning flues, grating down the ashes and scraping out dead cinders.



After checking the boiler water, a good hot fire would be kindled. Not long after the smoke thickened and the fire got hotter, you could hear the pleasant sound of the water in the boiler sizzle most relaxing moment in the day of an engineer. The next sign of life would come from the farmhouse kitchen where smoke from the kitchen chimney signaled the start of the day's cooking.

The rattling of the milk buckets and cans could be heard, then the farmer with lit lantern and milking equipment would head for the barn. Sometimes a youngster would be coming to see the big monster engine belching out smoke and steam, usually watching from a distance at first.



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