Take A Look At This Hit and Miss

| October/November 1994

117 Lind Street, McMinnville, Tennessee 37110-1922

This Domestic 4 HP #29076 is a hit and miss sideshaft, Model 4F with a 4' water pump, shipped from the factory in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, on February 7, 1930. The original owner was the Ingersol-Rand Company of Easton, Pennsylvania. It was used until 1947 in a coal mining operation in Crossville, Tennessee. The Sam W. Werner Lumber Company in Tracy City, Tennessee, then purchased this engine and used it from 1947 until 1955 to flush out the core drill at several coal mining locations in Grundy County, Tennessee.

Werner Lumber began operation in 1880, and had the second largest saw mill in operation in Tennessee. The company was the largest employer in the area for many years. The saw mill, boiler, steam locomotives, steam shovels, tractors, trucks and other equipment are still on the original site.

From 1955 until 1963, water was pumped from a well to a large water tower for household use. When a drought threatened the area, it supplemented the town's water supply.

Mr. Bud Werner had saved the engine and consented to have me restore it. After being exposed to the elements for 30 years, it was rusty and stuck. It was restored to original condition and color. It is easy to start, runs well and pumps a large volume of water. It makes a good show demonstration.

Historical information on Domestic engines is available from Mr. Don Kirkpatrick, 220 E. Washington, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380. He is compiling a list of owners. The company began production in 1904 and ended in 1952.