A Cajun Land Foos

| February/March 1992

  • Old sugar mill
    The Foos has been unshackled from the grip of the old sugar mill.
  • The Foos is loose
    Robert Mayeux proclaims, 'The Foos is loose.'
  • Newly liberated engine
    Robert Mayeux, Bill McDaniel and Adolph Alloy stand with the newly liberated engine.
  • John's sugar mill
    The Foos is loaded. In the background, smokestack of the 1895 St. John's sugar mill.

  • Old sugar mill
  • The Foos is loose
  • Newly liberated engine
  • John's sugar mill

2204 Comanche St., Sulphur, Louisiana 70663

It was on a cool fall morning in the little town of St. Martinville, Louisiana, nestled along the banks of the easy flowing Bayou Tech in the heart of Cajun country, and the home of the famous Evangeline Oak tree, that yet another old engine story occurred. Only after our Foos crew consisting of Adolph Alloy, Carl Simon, Bill McDaniel, and Robert Mayeux, had several cups of that strong Cajun style coffee, did we gather strength to attack the large 25 HP, 1919, Foos engine long ago wedged in the bottom of an ancient sugar mill machine shop built in 1895.

This great Foos engine was used for many years both to power a large triplex Demming pump to transfer water from the bayou to supply water for the large Corliss steam engines in the sugar cane mill, and to run a complete overhead line shaft machine shop.

As we all labored, making preparations to move this technological icon of the past, we all wondered if the 'Foos was loose' and to our amazement, after many years of remaining dormant, the Foos was loose and in excellent condition.

After two and a half days of serious work and lots of Cajun gumbo and jambalaya, the great Foos was loaded and on its way to its new Smithsonian environment home of Mr. Adolph Alloy in the Houston, Texas area.


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