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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - May 3, 1917, Des Moines, Iowa I Feaste Spasika More than 145.000 Ore Laffon i. I vol. Lxii. No. 18. Des Koines Iowa May 3, 1917. Whole no. 3108 w Inato Hing Power free from the air to Light innumerable electric bulbs in Home barn and outbuildings to operate sheep shearing clippers stove Wood saw churn turning lathe fanning Mill washing machine feed grinder electric fans Emery wheel Grinders and other time and labor saving de vices to provide the motive Power for an elec tric automobile and in Many other ways to save Back breaking and Money costing labor the elec tric farm of or. J. F. Forrest of Poynette wis Consin is so unusual As to deserve the Fame which has come to it and its progressive owner or. Forrest has to thank two Large for the inexhaustible Power which he has had for the past seven years practically without Cost save that of the original installation of his equipment. It is now Over seven years since or. Forrest decided that it was no longer necessary to carry an Oil lantern with him when he had late chores to do or was called out to barn and outbuilding in the evening or Early morning. There was the constant fear of an overturned lantern of flames leaping High of barn and feed and Stock consumed in a twinkling. What would he not give for a Safe cheap convenient lighting sys tem upon which he could depend night after night week after week or. Forrest was mechanically inclined. He was not dependent upon the ingenuity of other men. As he sat in his comfortable farm Home and heard the wind whistling through the Trees or coughing under the eaves the thought came that Here was nature s Power simply waiting to be set to work by Man. It was not Long before he set about his task of harnessing the wind to do his work and bid Ding. An electric concern installed a Power Windmill on his farm. From that Day to this or. Forrest has never been without his lights or his Power to operate Small machines. The Power Plant today at the Forrest electric farm consists of a Dynamo Cut in and storage batteries harnessed to two Large windmills the first Windmill erected has a steel wheel twelve forms them regularly and creditably. None is More useful or unique than the duty of charging the Forrest family automobile enabling the owner to run the car an average of about Twenty three Miles without recharging. Perhaps the manner m which this automobile is put to its various uses May Best be told by or. Forrest himself As follows car is not Only used As a conveyance but the batteries Are plugged to a wiring sys tem which extends to the different buildings and electric motors operate machinery such As the washing machine churn vacuum cleaner fan Ning Mill Emery wheel grinder sheep shearing clippers electric fans turning lathe and a stove Wood saw. The Battery in this car has forty cells eleven plates in each cell and will give Over eighty amperes which is equal to Over eight and one half horse Power. This is sufficient Power for a 24-Inch saw to Cut off dry Oak Wood As the saw will reach through. On the Windmill is about right size for a 30-Volt system a 14 for a 60 and Nios an 110 it is not necessary to place these Mills Over the Well therefore they can be placed on a near by Hilltop where the wind exposure is the very Best. Wires can be run thence to wherever Power or lights Are needed with this system Farmers who have not Nad Windmill service on account of obstructed exposure can do things electrically. Everything now suggests intensive farming farming is made up of gathering together the Little things. The Windmill is strictly along this line. In driving through the country we often eee pumping windmills which Are sort of make shifts or make believes and Are failures so far As efficiency is concerned being undersized with Low towers and therefore incapable of doing concluded on Page 13. On a fifty foot Tower furnishes electric Power insert photograph of or. J. F. Forrest of Poynette wis 1 and up so that the ver Shaft makes five revolutions to one of the or 7 a tip windmi11 is placed High in order to obtain the fullest possible exposure to the wind in All directions. The Dynamo is to Cav e u the second floor of the powerhouse to which the windmills Are attached and is oper ated with a Pulley on the upright shafting. The Cut in is an instrument which is placed Between the Dynamo and the batteries operating very much like a Check valve in a water pipe. This allows the electric current to pass into the Bat teries but allows none to pass from the batteries into the Generator. The Battery consists of four teen cells having seven plates in each Glass Jar. When these were set up they were Given their initial charge from the Windmill. This Bat Tery has supplied Light for the House barn and barnyard for Over seven years without interruption. Even when there is no wind for Days there is enough electric current stored in the Battery cells to last a full week it his so conclusively or Forrest decided to go still further. He concluded that the electricity generated by t p f in and should do More 1 him accordingly he bought is of internet volts. This new Power Plant has Many duties to perform and per Iii n f i a i of Windmill. I

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