Monitor Engine Show

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John Fisher, Campbellsport, Wis., brought this nice 8 HP Heavy Pattern horizontal to the show. Bill Nicholson, Stoughton, Wis., built the beautiful 1/3-scale, 4 HP Monitor shown on the opposite page from a casting set produced by Pacific Model Design.

The Dodge County Antique Power Show at Burnett, Wis., featured Monitor gas engines as part of its 33rd annual show held Aug. 4-5, 2001, and the Monitor feature turned out bigger and better than any of the organizers ever imagined it would. Perhaps the last time there was this much Monitor iron in one place was back when Baker Manufacturing in Evansville, Wis., was still building them.

We wound up with a total of 54 Monitor engines, plus several feed grinders, saw rigs, pumps and pump jacks. We knew we'd have a good head start with Walter Thomas' collection of Monitors. Wally, from Hartford, Wis., always brings a nice bunch of Monitors to the Dodge County Show, and he was, in fact, the inspiration for the Monitor feature.

Wally brought everything he had, amounting to several trailer loads and including 12 engines plus several feed grinders, a saw rig, pump jacks and even a garden tractor powered with a Monitor VJ pump engine.

A Family Affair: Walter Thomas, Hartford, Wis., oils the main bearings on his 6 HP vertical while his wife Joyce.

Tends to one of the many engines they displayed. True fans of Monitor engines, the Thomas' brought a total of 12 Monitors to the show.

Dan Moss, from Watertown, Wis., brought a complete set of Monitor upright engines, and Dan and Russ Sponem, Jefferson, Wis., put together a working pump jack setup with a Monitor VJ mounted on a cart, which was offered as a raffle prize. Henry Nehls, Beaver Dam, Wis., was the lucky winner.

Darrell Brubaker rolled in from Kokomo, Ind., bringing along a very rare 2 HP Little Baker engine. The license plates on Darrell's truck read MONITOR, so you know where his loyalties are. Don and Carol Horack, Lake Mills, Wis., exhibited a 6 HP upright and two pump engines, and Dennis Genger, Hartford, Wis., brought a 5 HP horizontal and a pump jack set.

Bill and Carol Nicholson, Stoughton, Wis., displayed two model Monitors, a 4 HP upright and a pump jack set. LaVerne Hintzman, Brodhead, Wis., also brought a trailer load of Monitors, including a 2 HP and a 4 HP upright, and a 3 HP horizontal. John Fischer, Campbellsport, Wis., displayed a nice running 8 HP Heavy Pattern horizontal.

As noted, 54 Monitor engines were present, and of these 12 were horizontals, including two 8 HP heavy pattern, one 8 HP with saw rig, three 5 HP, two 5 HP with saw rigs, and four 3 HP. There were 12 upright engines, including two 7 HP, two 6 HP, five 4 HP, one 2 HP, one 2 HP Baker with brass tag, and one 2 HP Little Baker. And there were 30 1-1/4 HP pump jacks engines, some standing alone and some with pump sets.

The 2002 show will be Aug. 3-4 and will feature Fuller & Johnson gas engines. After our success featuring Monitor, we hope to do just as well, if not better, next year.

Contact engine enthusiast Glenn Oestreich, 1310 S. 9th St., Watertown, WI 53094, (920) 261-7235.