A Wonder of a Story!

| January/February 1996

Route 1, Box 13, Steinauer, Nebraska 68441

The story, 'Cement Mixer, A Wonder!' in the August 1995 issue of GEM, brings back memories of a Wonder mixer my father and a neighbor used in 1916. It was purchased for $75. That was a lot of money in 1916. I don't know how many market hogs it took to pay for it!

Father and the neighbor were planning to make a cement tank. Father's was 8 feet x16 feet x5 feet deep. The neighbor's was 8 feet x16 feet x2 feet deep. They made their tanks with the help of neighbors and everyone saw how much easier it was to mechanically mix cement instead of the mortar box and hoe. So often they mixed nearly all foundations within five miles at 10 cents per bag of cement. I think they were 100 lb. bags. The formula that they used was: 16 sand shovels full to 4 shovels full of cement (half a bag at that time).

The engine was tagged 4 HP Wonder. Everyone said it was the same as a 4 HP Galloway. I know that is where they got parts for the engine.

It had a channel frame with channel axles and cast wagon light shims. There were 4' foldover edge wheels, 26' rear and 22' front, with the engine over the back, as it made a good load for a pair of 1800 lb. horses when the ground was soft.

It is sitting now in my pasture, less the engine.


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