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Revisiting 2003, Tulare fun, Dillon Supply Co.


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2003 discovery

I've been relaxing and going through some back issues of Gas Engine Magazine, in particular the October 2003 issue. I read the article "Gasoline Engine Advantages" on pages 30-31, but totally forgot about it.

There is a photo of the Garllus & Spooner engine on page 31. The caption reads: "Faintly visible to the right of the flywheel are the words, 'Chicago Engr. Co.' It's assumed this was the actual manufacturer, and that Garllus & Spooner was simply a jobber." I don't know if anyone has addressed this before.

I wish to put forward that it did not refer to the original manufacturer, but actually referred to Chicago Engraving Co., the company that did the plate for the printer to use, or was also the printer.

I don't recall anybody bringing this up in any subsequent issues. However, it is entirely possible that I missed it. Hope this is some help.

R. Danner, 222 Bowe St. Tamaqua, PA 18252-2425

Tulare fun

Last year in 2006, we got heavy rain at the California Antique Farm Equipment Show in Tulare, Calif. So this year, I decided to take my Beaver, and boy did we have fun! "We," meaning my 1951 Beaver garden tractor and I.

John Arnett, 21167 S. Seidner, Escalon, CA 95320

Dillon Supply Co.

Willard Moore thought he had a copy of the photo David Babcock sent us in the April/May 2007 issue of GEM on page 7. But these old store photos tend to look alike. We were very pleased to receive Willard's image. Check out the Olds in the lower left corner!

This shot was taken at the first Dillon Mill Supply Store on West Martin Street, Raleigh, N.C., around 1914. We can assume one of the men standing in the photo is the store owner, C.A. Dillon, and the other man is possibly his brother, Grover L. Dillon, who joined him in 1914 (his first year of business) as a partner. Dillon Supply Co. is still in business today throughout North Carolina. - Editor

Willard Moore, 3139 Dillon Road, Jamestown, NC 27282; (336) 454-1958

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