A New Magazine Reader and Fan

A newly subscribed Gas Engine Magazine reader introduces himself by describing his boyhood during the depression, the engines he has restored, and the engine for which he'd like more information.

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Rear view of Oshkosh engine.


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I was up to the Reunion at Kinzers. Recently I subscribed for Iron-Men Album and Gas Engine Magazine. As a new magazine reader, I like both very much.

I was raised on a small place in the country where my father operated a sawmill, cider press, shingle mill, wheel right shop and a broom machine. All were needed to carry us through the depression.

The saw mill, cider press, and shingle mill were run by water power—a water Turbine with water from a mill dam. Across the road was a Griss mill also operated by water power.

Then a 15 horse single cylinder International was put in use instead of water power and in wheel right shop a 3 horse upright International. The 15 horsepower was replaced in 1932 with a 10-20 Tyton International tractor until 1940. Then the sawmill was run by a truck motor.

All has been junked except the turbine which is buried about ten feet under the ground. I saved most of the wheel right tools and broom machine--a treddle type, and line shaft and pulleys in the shop.

First of all, I want to say Thanks for the Gas Engine Magazine and IMA. As yet, I don't have any steam pieces but surely hope to get some in the future.

Between Bill Snyder of North Orwell, PA and myself, we have about 24 gas engines. Some I own and some he owns and some we own together.

What I would like to bring to light here is my "Oshkosh" engine. I have been watching the Gas Engine Magazine real close and have been to many shows and still haven't seen another one or talked to anyone who has. I wrote to the Oshkosh Company once, but no answer. I have no idea what the horsepower is. The flywheels are very thick and very heavy. On the engine, it just says Oshkosh Model D. The saw is also Oshkosh. It has a saw on one side and a joiner on the other side. The saw sets down over the top of the engine and bolts to the skids the engine is on. The engine has a spark plug and runs off a buzz coil.

I surely would like to hear from anyone that has or knows of an Oshkosh in any form. I assume that this is made by the same company that makes snowplows today.

I have restored a 1 hp International built about 1910; a Fairbanks Morse Z 1/2 horsepower built about 1928; a New Holland farm engine no. 4992 type D 5 horsepower patented in 1903; a 4 horsepower built by Associated Mfrs. Co. Waterloo, Iowa patented in 1911; a Witte built by Witte Engine work, Kansas City, MO; Johnson outboard model S-45; and Pottstown No. 1 Champion threshing machine.

Two years ago Scout Troop no. 519 of Geigertown and I threshed two acres of oats at my father-in-law's farm. We used the 5 horsepower New Holland and No. I Champion threshing machine. We used his binder.

I took movies and slides of this operation. I think I have a Coldwell engine that you had pictured in an earlier issue. My engine is missing the original carburetor, gas tank, cover fan and the water cap. If anyone can give me this information I would appreciate it.