'Above: A circa 1908 1-1/2 HP Sta-Rite engine, instrumental in Vern’s interest in engines, belonged to his grandfather. '
'Vern Ellingson shows off his 1919 14 HP Manitoba, serial no. 2038, after restoration. '
'Left: A close-up of one of the flywheels for the Call of the West, serial no. 15619, shows how heavy and sturdy it was built. (Photo by Nikki Rajala.) '
Below left: This is the condition the Manitoba (left) and two Call of the West engines (which Vern used to make one engine) were in when they were first given to Vern.
Far left: The 1917 9 HP Call of the West engine after restoration.
Vern’s six Gade engines are a beautiful sight sitting side by side at a show. From the back: a 1928 6 HP; a 1925 4 HP; a 1903 3 HP; a 1916 2-1/2 HP; a 1908 2 HP; and a 1912 1-1/2 HP.
Below: A view of the flywheel side of Vern’s 1919 14 HP Manitoba engine.
Right: Vern’s 1916 2-1/2 HP Gade engine carries the even serial no. 3400.
'Below: Many collectors think Appleton engines were green, but Vern found red when he cleaned his 1916 6 HP model, serial no. 5527, and painted it that way. '
'Below: Vern’s largest Gade, a 1928 6 HP engine. It doesn’t have a serial number, although Vern got a reproduction tag and stamped it with a number using the year he got it, number of members in his family, and the like. '
'Left: This circa 1915 8 HP Associated engine, serial no. 1022Y, was used on a ranch outside Gillette, Wyo. '
Below: Collectors have debated whether Vern’s Root & VanDervoort engine is a 1-3/4 or a 2 HP. He thinks it’s 2 HP.
Bringing the 1938 1-1/2 HP Fairbanks-Morse engine out of a water pit in Wyoming.