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My pride and joy is a 15 HP SPANG built in Butler, PA. It is a 2 cycle oil well engine which I restored (in ten months) and built a trailer for. The picture was taken at the Portersville Show. Jake Faith, 300 Iron Bridge Rd., Freeport, PA 16229

This is a piece of equipment you don't see very often. It is a rock crusher. The nametag says 'Joshua Hendy Machine Works S.F. Cal.' To the right and just below the name are the large raised numbers 6 x 7 in the casting. That is the size of the crushing jaws. It is powered by a 5 HP Fairbanks Morse gasoline engine now converted to propane. I have completely restored the crusher and the engine and painted them (battleship gray).

Back in the 20's and before, these little crushers were used extensively by prospectors looking for precious metals. They could be hauled to the mine site with a few teams of mules. This one was found by my friend while he was hunting for deer high in the Siskijou Mountains about 20 miles north of the California border. I will be taking it to the various shows in the summers, crushing rock-to show it off! Courtesy of Lloyd Linderson, 2907 93rd Avenue, S.W., Olympia, Washington 98502.

'This 4 HP Maynard engine is very unusual here on the West Coast. They were built by the Jacobson Machine Co. of Warren, Pa., and sold by the Charles Williams Stores of New York City,' writes Lloyd Linderson of 2907-93rd Ave., S.W., Olympia, Washington 98502.

'This one had worked in a gold and silver mine in Northern California during the 1930's. I got it from the widow of a man who had taken it in in lieu of wages for work at the mine.'

Linderson continues, 'The engine is #M-10023-it is unique in as much as the governor is built onto the side of the large timing gear. It also has that obvious family resemblance to the Bullseye engine. Took me about 2 years to restore it.' Linderson adds that he would like to hear from others who have Jacobson built Maynard engines.

Harvey Wahl of Rt. 1, Box 61, Dundee, Minnesota 56126 sent this picture of his 6 HP Root & Vandervoort gasoline engine, which he bought in the Fall of 1979. The engine is now fully restored and is shown annually at the Butterfield Thresherman's Show in Butterfield, Minnesota.

The engine was bought new in 1905 by Albert Larson, Westbrook, Minnesota from the Farmers Elevator Company. It was used by Mr. Larson in the barn on his farm to run a feed grinder. The engine remained inside his barn from 1905 until it was removed by Wahl in 1979.