Engine Club Becomes Family Tradition

The Jack Branch Engine Club began, and became family tradition, 45 years ago with one man and the purchase of a Fairbanks-Morse Model Z.

A lineup of Wise family engines at the Jack Branch Engine Club’s annual Crank-Up in October 2013. From left to right: Jim Wise’s 7 HP Witte sideshaft (serial no. 12321), Jeremy Wise’s 4-1/2 HP Le Napoleon (serial no. 6039), Jim’s 2-1/2 HP Christensen (serial no. 9799) and Jim’s 6 HP Jacobson (serial no. 1536). Jeremy bought the Le Napoleon engine from cousin Bob Gill a few years ago. It was built by Simplicity and sold through Eug. Julien & Cie. Ltee, Quebec, Canada.
Photo by Charles Wise