Last month I mentioned that ING-VARD K. HAUGEN, Hannaford, North Dakota 58448 was seeking information on a Sattley 5 HP engine.
Right now it is just beautiful October weather, you know--or maybe you don't if you've never been where the climate changes through the year--but the mornings are so tingly and the air is crisp, makes you praise God so easily for his. blessings of beautiful days.
Nevertheless, this is the Nov-Dec. issue and I must bestow upon all you wonderful people--Good Wishes for the forthcoming Holidays and may you find a New Year filled with promise--may some wonderful things happen for you that never has before--and may you be filled with the Holy Spirit each day.
I have a nice newsy letter from THOMAS M. JENSEN, 559 Sheldon Road, Palmyra, New York 14522 who edits as follows: 'I am a retired Greyhound driver, after 28 years with the Hound. I had to take forced retirement because of my back and stomach trouble. You might have guessed, hurt my back trying to put a 3 horse Fairbanks-Morse on a skid so I could get it home.
I started out collecting old cars but lost interest when I found that to be rather expensive. I sold one 1936 Grayham Paige and a 1928 Ford. I still have my early 1939 Plymouth, shift on the floor.
A few years back my next door neighbor gave me a 1? HP, I believe it's an Alamo, with the Vacuum pump built inside the right flywheel. It was all rusted and set up. My son and I took it all apart, piece by piece, buffed all parts and put it back together and lo and behold, a few turns with the crank--it started. That was my beginning as a collector of gas engines. I have since collected a 3 HP Fairbanks-Morse, a P/2 Witte, with manual, a 1 HP I.H.C., a 1? Economy and have options on several others.
I visited recently with Dorothy and Paul Smith of Fairville, New York. They are surely dedicated folks to the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, Inc. Had quite a talk with them. Dorothy gave me the March-April issue of G.E.M. and I never put it down until I had read it cover to cover.
I hate to be a 'killjoy' and I don't mean to be a smart alec, but the 10-20 McCormick-Deering owned by R. F. Somerville in Haney, B.C., Canada is not a 1925 unless the hubs on the front wheels were replaced. My father owned one and the hubs were more open between the spokes which were forever breaking, but then he had them replaced with later hubs which were like the ones shown on Mr. Somerville's 10-20. Didn't the early 1925s have less spokes in the rear wheels? (Maybe Mr. Somerville will write you). By the way, I think my Dad paid $688 or it could have been $866 for his 10-20.
Can anyone supply me with the years these engines are: Fairbanks Morse, Serial No. 258094; Alamo, Number 110349; Economy, Number 215057; Witte, Number 26413 and I.H.C., Number C 7537?' (I'm sure you'll get some answers, Tom).
Last month I mentioned that INGVARD K. HAUGEN, Hannaford, North Dakota 58448 was seeking information on a Sattley 5 HP engine. He wanted to know the color of paint and etc.--well, I'm mentioning it again now as I forgot to print his address and that's no help to anyone if you have an answer for them, but no address. (So sorry Ingvard).
M. R. HAMMER, R. R. 1, Franklin, West Virginia 26807 writes: 'I would like some information on an Ellis 9 HP, Number H 124 horizontal, with water tank and gas tank in bottom part of water tank. I have 20 engines. I enjoy your magazine and wish it would come once a month'. (Thanks M. R. but once a month is more than we can handle at this time--hope you get your information from our readers.)
RICK HUSCHER of Waukee, Iowa 50263 asks: 'Could you tell me the color scheme, age, place of manufacture or anything else about a Bates & Edmonds 2? HP one cylinder hopper-cooled engine or a Fairbanks Morse Model T 6 HP?' (That's quite a few questions, pardner in one sentence, but here's hoping you get some answers).
A most interesting letter and two pictures came from H. B. DETTER-MAN, Box 31, Bloomville, Ohio 44818. I want to share it with you through the column--He writes: 'Enclosed are some pictures of a cart made for an invalid who is paralyzed from the waist down. Plans were dreamed up by three men, H.B. Detterman, Paul Teach and Earl Ebersole, all of Seneca County, Ohio.
The cart consists of a rear axle from an old Crosby car, Briggs and Stratton gas engine from an old garden tractor. Transmission with stick shift is from an old Dodge pick-up truck. Flasher lights are from an old Reo truck. It is all hand controlled, has brakes, a slow moving vehicle sign on the back end and a rear view mirror. The builder was Earl Ebersole of Flat Rock, Ohio and the invalid is H. B. Detterman of Bloomville, Ohio and Paul Teach, a friend and neighbor of Bloomville, Ohio.'
How about that? Isn't that wonderful? God Bless All Three! I still say there are so many people ready to say no one cares about anyone but themselves and etc.--here's a great example and I think it's fabulous that Mr. Detterman wrote the letter. I presume that is H. B. on the cart.
I wanted to mention ERNEST WINCKLER, JR., 4707 Cheyenne Ave., Davenport, Iowa 52806 who has sent us some cartoons--and they are just great-- we're sure you will enjoy them. As you can see, he is quite an artist and has a lot of good ideas. We're happy to have you join the family, Ernest. He sent some material for both magazines, you'll be happy to know.
And with this issue, our little G.E.M completes 7 years, and we're growing and we're thankful to all you folks who share your pictures and stories with us. Bless you all--have a Christmas that will leave many wonderful memories and let's all look forward to an exciting New Year of 1973.