523 W. Hardin St. Findlay, Ohio 15840
My experience with Olds gasoline engines started in 1910, when
my father bought a type A 4? hp. Olds engine to grind feed and do
some wood sawing. I ran this engine a lot.
In 1914, I got married and went to work in an automobile
factory; but, in 1921, my father passed away and I took over the
farm and equipment. I then bought a type A 1? hp. Olds engine for
running pumps and our washing machine.
By that time there were several Olds engines being used in my
neighborhood, but as several of them were being replaced by
tractors, I bought the Olds engines not being used, rebuilt them
and sold them to other farmers who had use for them. In a period of
six (6) years I bought, rebuilt and sold 10 Olds engines in sizes
of 1? to 8 hp.
The Olds engines were built by the Seager Engine Works in
Lansing, Michigan. I bought parts to make repairs from The Reliance
Engineering Company of Lansing, Michigan.
During my experience with Olds gasoline engines, I operated
steam threshing machines, mostly Huber and Advance. My age at that
time was between 28 and 35 years. I am now 76 and I enjoy going to
2 or 3 threshermen's reunions each year. There are many
gasoline engines and steam threshing units on display and operating
at those reunions.
I will be glad to answer any questions on the Olds gasoline
engine that I can. I wish now that I had one of the 1? hp. Olds
engines to play around with.