Silver Creek, New York 14136.
It all started when my parents moved from hill country to a small place beside a railroad. One year a train jumped track and over two hundred ties were taken out. Wood was a must in those days for working people.
We salvaged a Myrick Air Cool four horse and changed it to gasoline, put carburetor on intake and geared four cylinder magneto to timing gear.
This was quite satisfactory as long as saw was sharp. We used this for some time until I found a two cylinder Max well with water jackets froze. We patched them and used for a while until it was stolen. Never once thought of salvaging, sure would be good item today.
Then we got a Whippet four cylinder. Took some fixing as kids had crankcase broken near oil pump. I made odd parts. This was a wonderful power plant for buzz saw. With 36' saw and lots of help, we cut some big limbs. Two winters we cut over five hundred cords each.
In 1937 I bought a John Deere Model B, which I am told was about seventeen horses on belt. With some help and a big arbor, I made a drop slasher and then two men could do as much as four.
Then came the war and machinists were in demand. Not wanting to have someone borrow that dangerous machine, I disassembled and tried to sell iron parts to junk yard. Their prices were not for me.
From washed out bridges and discarded farm machines, I started assembling a saw mill. Between shop and farm, I managed to steal time enough to assemble one in about five years.
We needed another third on barn which we sawed with John Deere. The B is not big enough, so we bought Chevy Truck Motor. With odd parts governor this is very satisfactory.
Since retirement we have used mill a lot and seems to work quite accurate.
However, it is not as good as factory made. Now there is plenty around which need rewooding.
Those who marry to escape something usually find something else.
-- George Ade