Chester F. Joern

Seabees Design and Then Build Washing Machine
Eau Claire Man Supervises Operation
How Chester F. Joern, CSF, of this city, now serving with the Seabees on some island in the South Pacific, and some of his Seabee mates built a washing machine of an old oil drum, an old chlorine drum, various lengths of pipe, and some other things, is described in a story on page one in the May 16 number of the CBMU Globe News, a copy of which has just been received here.

This 8-page tabloid, mimeographed, is published by the Seabees and contains many contributions from members of the Seabee unit.

Washing Machine
Some of it is written in a serious vein; other parts of it are humorous. The text of the story on the Washing Machine follows:

"A washing machine, which compares favorably with the product of large American laundries, has been designed and built at the Water Department by Frederick Mertens, Seaman First Class, of Normandy, MO and Irving Herry, Seaman First Class of Highland Park, IL, under the tutelage of L. Wackenhuth, Machinist Mate First Class of West Haven, CT and C. F. Joern, CSF, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

"This machine is built of one oil drum, one chlorine drum set in an old chlorinator frame, various lengths of pipe, many hours of evening, labor, and a few (we are told) unprintable words. The powerful engines of this dry land dreadnought (that's spelled correctly) consist of a one-cylinder gasoline motor.

"When approached for details, the kindly old chief, who is both father and mother to the boys in the Water Works, remarked that the special features of the machine are to be found in an ancient Roman soap bearing—a Seabee can find anything—this bearing leaves no grease in the wash. There are all sorts of gadgets for washing and rinsing, and (this interested us most) something for the extraction of water by centrifugal force. Our plumber's manual doesn't give the answer to that one, but the water boys understand it."