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.

Truly a family affair at the Missouri River Valley Show, Boonville, Mo., in 1971 – from left to right: Ruth Ann Wise Mullins, a young bearded Jim Wise with his 6 HP Sta-Rite, James Mullins holding son Michael, Charlie Wise, Les Gill, Lois Crouch Zimmerschied, Joe Gill, Ruth Henderson Wise (Jim Wise’s mother and Junior Henderson’s sister) and Mary Henderson Crouch. Even today it is not uncommon to see siblings, cousins and other family members of the Wises and Gills spectating at shows where they exhibit.
Photo by Charles Wise