Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 18, 1963 · Page 28
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July 18, 1963

Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 28

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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH THURSDAY, JULV 18,1963 John Alimt Fun in Travel Sights fty JOHN W. ALLEN Southern Illinois University An occasional person apparently comes Into the world \vtth an inborn urge to prowl and wander about. Such a one loves to go hurriedly along the byways'with a purpose that could be express^ ed In the refrain of an old song that says '"the bear went over the mountain to see what he could see." With the same curiosity as that ascribed . to the bear, there al ways Is something to see along the sideroads of southern Illinois. There are countless beasts and beauties, birds',. harmless snakes and toads, vegetation in endless variety, rocks, houses and barns. There is something new every foot of the way. The traveler need never be more lonely than' he chooses to be, especially if he adds people and sounds. It was a sound not often heard now, coming from an old building at the end of a street in Wai- tonville on Route 148 in Jefferson County, that caused the writer to turn aside for an enjoyable visit and an opportunity to muse over another bit of our vanishing landscape, the old-time blacksmith shop. Sound of the Anvil It was not difficult for one who as a boy frequented "Uncle" Silas Jones shop to identify the sound. A sharp but pleasant ring told the listener that it was made by idling strokes on the bare anvil to keep the hammer bouncing and make the working Strokes easier and more accurate. Their rapidity also indicated the speed at which the smith was working. The sounds came, as had been expected, .from a blacksmith shop operated by Thomas Adkins who has been smithing sixty years. It is about as typical an old shop as is known in this section of the state. The open forge, with chimney well to one side, smokes furiously until it is well warmed up. The wooden cooling tub beside the forge is little different from those of a century ago in which the smith, closely watching the heated metal to be t empered. Water from this tub once was a favorite folk remedy, just what for is not recalled. Aunt Jane Brown used it for something. Qn a rack within easy reach there were about 40 size of tongs, often shaped for a particular job. There were taps, dies, and bolt- headers. Various pattterned hammers lay about. There were ball pein, cross pein, and straight pein of different sizes. There were sledges weighing 12 or 16 pounds each, used, for forging and heavy welding. There were punches and chisels of many sizes. There were cold cuts and hot cuts, some with handles and others shaped for use in the hardy holes of the anvil. .Try-Wheel There was a mounted try-wheel used to measure and match rims and tires for wagons and buggies. There were skeins and thimbles for wagon axles, and devices to shrink tires that were too large. There was a spoke shave and spokes to be fitted to hubs and felloes with pullers to spring them into the rim holes. There were patterns for hounds and frogs, and a hub cross of heavy timbers to support wheels while heated tires were being shrunk to fit. There were reaches, shafts, poles, crosstrees, bows and some spare fifth wheels for buggies. There svas a rack holding strap and rod iron, with some bars of steel. There was an array of toll handles, boxes and bins of bolts, rivets and screws. There was the rack with a few horse-shoes, a clinching block, clippers, leather apron, oddly shapped knives, the foot stand and hand box of the horseshoer — with a few handfuls of the long tapering nails he used. There were piles of scrap iron and steel from which selected pieces sometimes • were taken for use. Mr. Adkins has two heavy anvils, about the 175 pound class. One is a clip anvil of solid steel. The other is cast iron with steel face plate, Both are hollowed in the base. With the bottom anvil inverted it was into these matched hollows that gunpowder was placed when anvils were fired at Fourth of July celebrations. Skilled blacksmiths were valuable men, one might say indispen- sible in newly settled country. They fashioned and made tools and farm implements, even making and repairing rifles. They were versatile, working in both wood and metal. The demand for these men has practically vanished. Welding and cutting torches have superceded the forge, ham- jner and anvil. Why not, while opportunity still Is jiere, visit a typical old-tine bjackimith shop and know what they were like? There is this one Jn WaUonvJlIe, one in Mt. Vernon, wiQtiw in- ^urphysboro, one near Golconda, and a little one- man hobby shop in Pomona. Thjerp doubtlessly are others not known. pooling,, VIENNA - A special depart- i gqyerament to study the - *^ ' end It* Wi flittwt flu, T« Limit * * * Enjoy TOP QUALITY FOODS at LOW PRICES-Get EAGLE STAMPS TOO! 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