| July/August 1967

Courtesy of Henry L. Abels, Clay Center, Kansas 67432

Oh yes, I guess I never did tell you about my early experience with the Grand Old Stickney. Well, just settle back in your easy chair and I will roll back the curtain about 60 years. Year 1906.

Being an industrious young buck, eager to make my mark upon the world, and give it something to set its sights by, I decided to go into the fire-wood sawing business. Therefore, I needed some power.

Now Father, being a practical sort of person, told me I should get a good, reliable outfit, and not listen to some high-powered salesman. He said I should buy an engine with plenty of power and heavy flywheels. He did mention the celebrated Stickney.

After looking at the ads in Fathers 'Thresher's Review', for August, 1906, I contacted the Stickney company, and they sent me their literature. After much thought and study reading their many testimonials, I decided their 10 h.p. size with the wonderful tube type ignitor would be just right to convert the ugly logs and limb wood into neat sticks of firewood. This firewood was much needed for heat and cooking, and our area had a plentiful supply of varied kinds of wood.

Now I set out to be the fastest sawyer on this side of Wild Horse River. Father helped me build a rolling table saw, with engine and all, mounted on a heavy set of steel wheeled trucks, which were equipped with a brake attachment for easing up on the horses going down hill. This would do away with staking down, etc., of separate rigs. Also, Father put a spring on the table to return it quickly as he said, 'It is no good to strap your leg to the table or to have the old swinging table.'