Wm. Bloede & Sons & Lewis

| September/October 1996

Submitted by Mark A. Corson

9374 Roosevelt Street Crown Point, Indiana 46307

Granddad Fred Bloede immigrated to the United States from Hanover, Germany. In 1886 he purchased three farmsone for his daughter and one for each son.

Eventually, he bought harvest machinery such as a Port Huron steam engine, which was a 75-90 double compound, high-pressure boiler, with a 175 1b. safety valve. This engine was used year 'round.

In the summer, the steam engine was used to run a 36x60 Port Huron threshing machine, Rumely 12-roll corn shredder, a 19-inch Pay-Pac silo filler, and an Enterprise clover huller.

In the winter, the engine ran an Enterprise saw mill with a 52-inch Simmonds blade (we sawed lumber for the Erie & Pennsylvania Railroads and also for the Studebaker & Pentergas Lumber Company).