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.

The original Jack Branch Engine Club posing with Leon Wells’ tank-cooled 3 HP Fairbanks-Morse Z at the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Assn. Show, Boonville, Mo., 1976. From left to right: Jim Wise, Charlie Wise, Leon Wells and Junior Henderson. The engine is now owned by Bob Gill.
Photo by Charles Wise