THE SEARCH

LA FONDERIE DE ROBERTSONVILLE

6 HP engine with S shaped spokes

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Box3l4l West Tisbury, Massachusetts 02575

How do you find something that doesn't exist? You don't but in the search, you do find some very interesting things and get to know nice people.

This tells the story of my search for a sales booklet for the Robertson ville engines which I became interested in after I acquired a nice original 6 HP engine with S shaped spokes. Every collector I asked said they had never seen any printed matter. 'Ye Old Reflector' answered my telephone question saying he had nothing in his file.

Linda Weidman of GEM helped me get started by giving me some names of Canadian collectors. A phone call to the largest library in Thetford Mines, Quebec P.C., led me to the College of Thetford Mines and to Line Cliche and Marie Josee Poirier of the Societe des Archives Historiques de la Region de L' Amiante (S.A.H.R.A.) in the Thetford Mines P.Q. This was pure gold, because they sent me a page from the 75th anniversary book for Robertsonville showing pictures of the factory, the owner's family ( three boys and three girls) and an engine, etc. The ladies of the S.A.H.R.A. then went looking through their local newspaper file for any advertising, and again struck gold on January 20, 1916.

ROBERTSONVILLE, P. Q.

LISTE DE PRIX

Engins Garoline

Payable Comptant

PAR TERMES

Comptant

Aprs 6 ms.

Aprs 12 ms.

Aprs 18 ms.

Aprs 24 ms

Aprs 30 ms.

Aprs 36 ms.

2 Forces. . . . .

$ 75.00

$ 25.00

27.50

26.25

4 '. . . . . .

200.00

25.00

58.75

56.25

$ 53.75

$ 2624

4x9

5 ' . . . . .

275.00

75.00

60.00

57.50

55 00

52.50

5 x9

6 '. . . . .

350.00

100.00

62.50

60.00

57.50

55.00

$ 52.50

6 x 10

8 '. . . . .

400.00

100.00

65.00

62.50

60.00

57.50

55.00

$52.50

10 '. . . . .

500.00

100.00

120.00

115 00

110.00

105.00

12 '. . . .

550.00

150.00

120.00

115.00

110.00

105.00

15 '. . . . .

750.00

150.00

180.00

172 50

165.00

157.50

20 '. . . . .

900.00

200.00

235.00

225.00

215.00

205 00

Godendards A Friction. . . . .

120.00

70 .00

27.50

26.25

Combin . . . . .

150.00

75 00

28 75

27.50

20.25

Ptrin mcanique. Bancsde Scie *

175.00

7500

55.00

52.50

Scie de 28 pees...

54,00

24.00

16.50

15.75

Scie de 30 pees. . .

55 00

25.00

16.50

15.75

Chaudron S No 5

6.75

Another line of search followed the report that two of the three boys went into the priesthood. The church authorities in Quebec City gave me the name and phone number of the youngest son, David, who lived in retirement in the city.

Msr. David Lambert was so happy to hear from someone interested in the family business. Although recovering from surgery, he arranged to have copies made of his material contracts, invoices and a price list.

Still no sign of an owner's manual, but the search had been rewarding.

The following is a chronology of the company:

J. Adolphe Lambert opened his foundry in Robertsonville in 1911. In addition to engines, he manufactured many items of aluminum for bakeries and also items for the local mines. In 1912, the foundry was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt and reopened in 1913. Again, in 1946, it was leveled by fire and the property was sold by Mr. Lambert.

According to the advertisement in the local paper, on January 20, 1916, they offered 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 15 HP engines. In their price list, they dropped the 1 HP but added a 20 HP. The prices ranged from $75 to $900 for the largest.

It doesn't appear that the engines were serially numbered and horsepower was rarely indicated (although in one case it is stamped on the cylinder near the oiler). Flywheels with curved spokes were used on the 6 HP and 8 HP engines, but it is said that flywheels with straight spokes were also used in later years.

I last spoke with Msr. David Lambert in 1992.I hope he is alive and well.