| September/October 1970

  • 12 h.p. horizontal steam engine

  • 12 h.p. horizontal steam engine

3025 W. Dayton St., Flint. Michigan 48504

The fact that a friend of mine, Maurice Genshaw, of Mt. Morris, Michigan has a boiler and a 12 h.p. horizontal steam engine in his garage attached to his home forms the beginning of the plot of this story. When Maurice's Christmas card arrived he had written in a suggestion that I bring over some whistles and we would have a big blow. (I collect whistles as part of my steam activities.)

On the morning of New Year's Eve, I headed for Mt. Morris with three sizeable whistles aboard. Maurice already had two on hand, and with these resources we went to work. I might mention that the backgrounds and pedigrees of these whistles were quite varied. One was a rare Bass Whistle with a bell of rectangular cross section. (The only one I have ever seen.) A three tone chime formerly functioned on the local gas plant. The largest of the group (about 5 feet tall) is a low pitched ship's whistle. The fourth formerly called the employees to work at a tannery and the fifth was from a Mississippi River Boat. When our pipe-fitting labors were over, we. stood back and admired our hardware spread across the roof of the garage.

On New Year's Eve a group gathered at Maurice's for a party. We indulged in refreshments, slide projections, and steam engine running. Between 11:30 and 12:00, we built up a head of steam, and at 12:00, we initiated 1970 with some terrific, blasts.


Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $29.95.

Facebook Pinterest YouTube