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Oil Field Beginnings


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Our hobby, which consists of collecting internal combustion oil field engines, encompasses only a small period (since the late 1890s) in the vast history of oil field machinery. Human, steam and animal power were the motive force of the oil field from before the time of the Ruffner Bros. brine wells, which were abandoned in 1806 because they produced oil instead of saltwater.

Illustration no. 1 shows one such machine intended for power by horse. This machine, named the "Ohio," was for well drilling and prospecting work; it was built by the Loomis Machine Co. in Tiffin, Ohio.

The next illustration, no. 2, shows a portable steam-powered drilling machine called the "Advance" built by the Loomis Machine Co. Contact OilField Engine Society at: 1231 Banta's CreekRoad, Eaton,OH 45320-9701; oilengine@earthlink.net www.oilfieldengine.com