Gasoline Engines

George Stanley's shingle mill

Two engines powering George Stanley's shingle mill; inset, Stanley at the mill.

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On September 24 and 25, 1988, for the ninth consecutive year, members of the Vermont Gas & Steam Engine Association participated in a gasoline engine show at Victory, Vermont, a small town located in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

This annual engine show is sponsored by the St. Johns-bury Lions Club through the cooperation of Vincent Gravanti, owner of a large field in the Gallup Mills section of Victory.

Co-chairmen of this event are Charles Aldrich and George Stanley, both of whom are Victory residents and the activity is run each year as part of the Holiday In The Hills, an annual program conducted by residents of the towns of Victory and Granby.

At least 40 operating gasoline engines were on display this year, several being of unusual nature.

Foremost was a setup owned and operated by George Stanley. It consisted of an operating shingle mill and edger built by the Lyons Iron Works and powered by two engines, 8 and 10 HP Stovers, connected in a series arrangement.

One engine is a hit and miss type, the other being a throttle governed type.

Another unusual display was a wooden dowel cutter machine owned and operated by Elwin 'Sawmill' Brown.

Brown was turning out several varieties of wooden walking canes and whistles and of particular interest was a small working model of his dowel machine.

Visitors who wandered throughout the large field during the two-day affair were privileged to see a large collection of Rumsey, Domestic, Stover (several models), Lauson, Empire, Maytag, Alamo, International (several models), Sears Economy, Associated, Fairbanks-Morse Z, Fuller-Johnson, Caldwell-Hallowell, Cushman Cub, DeLaval, Witte, Briggs & Stratton, Gilson and Leader antique gasoline engines in operation.

In addition to the large collection of engines, a corn grinder, butter churns, two 1940 Plymouth automobiles, several water pumps and a water ram, together with a one-half scale Olds gasoline engine, were in operation.

Power ratings of the engines ranged between one-half and ten horsepower.

Popularity of this event, rumored to be the final one, was evidenced by the fact that engine owners came from Oxford and Gorham, Maine; Concord, Brattleboro, Brook-field, Randolph, Victory, Rutland, Ludlow, Athens and Grafton, Vermont; Stratton, New Hampshire; Bernardston, Massachusetts; Palatine Bridge, New York and Montreal, Quebec.