A giant tent was set up for a BBQ, square dancing and other fun things, including hayrides around the grounds.
This writer also had the special opportunity to help with tours of the mill. It was truly a special evening for volunteers and parks staff people to learn about one of Parks latest acquisitions. And even later in the evening, water was used to power the turbine so visitors could see, hear and feel the mill come alive.
Many of the people attending said it was the best event they had seen at a park.
TURBINE OPERATES MILL AGAIN
Around the first of October, water was allowed to enter the flume. As water filled the flume, the first turbine began to turn the power shaft and the mitre gear attached. This caused the great crown gear to begin rotation together with its shaft and pulley. The crown gear is provided with hardwood teeth carefully fitted into its frame. The pulley was fitted with a wide belt that led to the first floor where it operated a pellet mill.
With all of this operating, the mill again became alive.
In a previous newsletter we described a hands-on display showing how grain and flour were moved throughout the mill. The display includes an auger, elevator and chute to complete a circular movement of materials. One person operates the auger by hand, another operates the elevator. All can see how this system works. This interpretive display has proven to be very popular!
Oliver Evans 1755 - 1819
Inventor of Industrial Automation
This display shows some basic components that Oliver Evans combined to invent modern industrial automation. All of this inventive activity took place during the early 1780's.
VOLQUART MARTIN THOMSEN RECOGNIZED
The founder of Husum, Washington, Martin Thompson, will be recognized for his role in development of West Klickitat County. The occasion is dedication of the new Senior Center in White Salmon; Wednesday, December 14, 7 p.m.
Martin Journeys to Husum
Martin left his native home near Husum, Germany in 1870 bound for Iowa, America. He met and married Sophia Schultz in Iowa, where their first child was born. The family left Iowa for Nebraska where two of his brothers were living. A second child was added to the family, which then continued on to the White Salmon River in Washington Territory. He built a grist mill at The Falls. He became Post Master of Wilkinsheim and later named it Husum. He worked on the Cascade Locks. Four children were born there, and one lost. About 1886 the family left for Oregon.
Martin Thompson 1846 - 1910
Martin Returns to Husum, Washington
Martin had retained the property at Husum. His eldest son proposed his father establish the Husum Power Company of White Salmon. The plant was built at the former location of the gristmill. The plant went into operation and supplied power for electric lights to White Salmon. At Martin’s death in 1910, the power plant was sold.
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