306 W. Anthony, Corydon, Iowa 50060
Around 12 years ago, I went to an antique show at Unionville, Mo. At this show I met a couple from Lemons, Mo., Dana and Alice Davis, who had a booth at the show. I learned they were just getting started in the antique game. I saw them a few years later at the antique show and they had a much bigger booth. I, also, learned Dana was a farmer and a carpenter.
After this I didn't see them for several years, until Dana came into the store where I work and wanted to know if I knew of any gas engines for sale. It seems he had started a personal collection of antique mechanical banks, then found out what he had given over $200.00 for was being duplicated and could be bought for around $27.50. Dana said that was when he decided to collect something that couldn't be duplicated so he started to collect gas engines. Dana now has around 30-40 gas engines and a few old tractors. The antique business has become a fulltime occupation.
Although Lemons, Mo. is not far from here, I only get down there about once every 2-3 years. One Sunday afternoon, I armed myself with my Instamatic and went down to see what Dana had. When I got there Dana was busy loading a large van from California with furniture and other antiques. He said he loads these boys about 4 times a year. What amused me, was these boys tearing apart a windmill wheel so they could load it into the van. I guess they had all the windmill except the tower. While this loading was going on, I took a few pictures around the shop. Taking a picture from one angle I caught an old Aultman Taylor steam engine boiler that was once used to heat road oil for blacktop roads, also, an old Compresser that was once used in an ice plant in Kirksville, Mo. This compressor was powered by a 50 HP FM single cylinder engine. This engine is now owned by Evert Anderson of Humeston, Ia., who is still trying to figure out how to get it out of the building.
In front of the shop was a FM model Z 15 HP engine and hid in behind it was a Foos engine Dana had picked up in Mississippi. Nearby was a Rock Island plow Co. 2 HP engine also a small Bosworth ore crusher to crush ore for separating the gold from the ore. Some of Dana's pride and joys are a small homemade steam engine and a Kincade garden tractor. He said a man in Centerville, Ia. told him he gave $585.00 for this garden tractor, complete with mower, plow, cultivator, etc. Out near an old time gas pump was a Rock Island 5 HP engine.
Danas is outstanding in barb wire collecting and has taken prizes at Kansas City, Mo., St. Louis, Mo. and a few other places. His barb wire collection is between 570-580 pieces and he also has a large collection of old time fence tools.
All engine men like Dana's shop as he always has lots of old tools, etc. The day I was there he had 3 old rusty pistols that had been buried in the ground for years. Besides, there were many other interesting rusty old relics for sale.
Dana has a buddy, Kenny Lipton, who lives north of Unionville, Mo. who helps Dana with his loading, gas engines, etc. I have never been to Kenny's home yet but I understand he also has a herd of engines. So, if any of you readers ever happen to be down near Unionville or Lemons, Mo., look these guys up.