Sheep Shearing STEWART

2 HP Stewart, 550 RPM'

Mehmke Steam Museum

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371 West 400 North, American Fork, Utah 84003

The engine is restored and running like a clock. When I first got it the engine had been sitting outside for 40 years. The hopper was cracked on the side and bottom. The head was cracked and pushed open, but with the help of fellow club members in the Utah Antique Machinery Club, Tony Rohbock and Lyle Parker, the head and hopper were welded and saved. I spent many hours in its restoration. Every part was saved and made workable. The clippers and arms are from another engine, and the mandril is from yet another old sheep shearing engine.

The fellow shearing the sheep in the picture is Boyd (Pink) Holmstead. He is the man I bought the engine from. He is 85 years old and still shears a few head of sheep. He was just a young man when he went to Salt Lake City, Utah with his father and bought the engine. It was purchased from the Sun Beam Company in 1925. They had two engines they strapped to each side of a Model T Ford, and went around Utah sheering sheep. Some of the areas they sheared in were Huntsville, Modesa (west of Utah Lake), the Knoles, Land Rock and Alpine, Utah. Pink Holmstead later had 18 men working for him when they changed to electric clippers. After I got the engine restored, I went to Lehi where Pink lives and brought him over and took his picture with the engine. He smiled when he saw the engine run and said, 'If I thought you would get this old girl running I would have given it to you.' The engine was originally green and it is a hit and miss.