A Reader Letter Suggests Donating Antique Farm Equipment to Museums

A Gas Engine Magazine reader engourages donating antique farm equipment to historical museums to keep engines preserved for future generations.

A vintage threshing machine.

A vintage threshing machine.


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A reader suggests donating antique farm equipment to museums. 

Dear Sirs:

On page 8 of the November/December 1966 issue of the Gas Engine Magazine, you issued an appeal for information pertaining to the whereabouts of a Hart-Parr Stationary Engine No. 1, the following letter suggests donating antique farm equipment to museums.

Mr. Harry E. Lichter, museum curator who worked in the Wisconsin area before coming to Oregon, in answer to my query, wrote:

"I don't know whether this will be of any use to you in finding the Hart-Parr engine, but it is worth a try. Actually there never was a University of Wisconsin Museum. There were a number of pieces of generating equipment in the old Engineering building and some things in the Field House. When there was talk about organizing a Power Museum, I suggested that all this equipment be donated to such a museum.

The museum was to be established at Appleton, Wisconsin by The Wisconsin Electric Power Company. I know a lot of stuff was sent up there and it may have included the missing engine. I do not know whether the Museum is now operating. Write to William J. Schereck at The Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin. He is in charge of the local Society work and may be able to give you more information.

I noticed a Rumley & Pitts beam thresher depicted on the verifax of the Gas Engine Magazine. Mrs. Townsend, the mother of a friend of mine, was a Rumley, They live in Syracuse, III., where Townsend is President of The Sycamore Iron Wire Works. They have a lot of Rumley material."