It Followed Him To School One Day...

| September/October 1997

  • Burr mill setup
    Engine/burr mill setup.
  • Dan Whetzel with Burr Mill
    Dan Whetzel, social studies instructor, and 10th grade social studies and technology/industrial arts students.

  • Burr mill setup
  • Dan Whetzel with Burr Mill

804 Ashbrook Avenue, Cumberland, Maryland 21502

I thought that GEM readers might enjoy reading about one of the uses that I have for my engine.

You might remember the article I submitted to GEM that appeared in the December 1996 issue, titled 'My First Restoration.' That article contained the restoration process.

I teach industrial arts/technology education at a senior high school. One of the subjects we teach about is our country's Industrial Revolution. A big part of the Industrial Revolution was the use of steam, and internal combustion, as a means of creating power to do a variety of jobs. Our social studies teacher, Dan Whetzel, is a steam engine enthusiast, and I am a gas engine enthusiast, so naturally, we wanted to come up with a way to incorporate our two interests into a lesson for our students.

We decided to team teach the Industrial Revolution to both of our classes, with Dan specializing on the steam power part of the lesson, and me specializing on the gas engine part of the lesson. We decided that for the last day of the team teaching I would bring my 3 HP Hercules engine that I wrote about in the previously mentioned article to school. When I started restoring my Hercules I knew I wanted to see it do some type of work like it would have been first intended to do, when it was new way back in 1922. So this winter I started asking friends, people at church, neighbors, and almost any acquaintances about some sort of antique equipment that my engine could operate. I got a lead on an old burr mill and went to see the owner. He was nice enough to sell it to me along with some belting.

The last day of our team teaching I brought my engine to school, and the burr mill, to run for our classes. Another teacher, Alan Hammond, donated the corn and we were ready to demonstrate how an internal combustion gas engine could turn rotary motion into a job, grinding corn for feeding livestock.