Garden Tractor

Milton Gilbertson

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2801 Old Limestone Road, Wilmington Del. 19808

Hope someone can tell me about this garden tractor and how old it might be -I do not know how many of these are around. The description I have is American Farm Machinery Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Has one valve, mechanical [exhaust], the intake is free floating. Gear case and engine is cast in same block. Has a Wico magneto built in Springfield, Massachusetts, Type B1, Number B 1, Number 14822, Pat. 1920.

Thanks for the many interesting items which you put in the magazine which brings back many childhood days.

4 miles North of 1-95 and 5 miles South of Pa. line was the spot for over 125 exhibits at our hottest party yet. Whatever the mean temperature of Delaware is, it was the meanest those two days with the heat. But with no rain the lawn held up well under the 'chug-chug, footsie-footsies' of the 45 different makes of one-lungers, from Mr. Schaefer's tiniest engine model to Ches & Joanne Leis Rock Island and Massey Harris 4-wheel drive tractor.

An F-12 IHC and 1925 McCormick were shown by Raymond Lindell and Dave Harwell. The old F-12 still had the original bronze bearings supporting the crankshaft. Not to be outdone by the big ones, Charles Sullivan Jr. had a splendid display of Maytags, 1913 Upright, 1923 #82, Twin Cylinder, Single Cylinder, and son, Doug, showed his nice model Steam Roller. James Haldeman forgot to bring the wash, but ran his 1-1/2 H.P. Mogul and wooden Majestic Washing Machine anyway, just washing the air.

Clarence Lintz was running his German Fairyman Diesel and his Aermotor showpiece. Other Aermotors were exhibited by Jim Riley and Ray Robertson. Robert Lefever with more unusual engines, besides his New Holland were the Nazy, Gray, and 4 H.P. Rumsey. Up from Broadway, Va. was W. R. Runyan with a showy upright Fairbanks Morse of 2 HP. Farthest from home would be Preston Foster, Warren, Ohio, with a 1-1/2 HP Domestic. One of the 5 HP horizontal Ottos was shown by Dave Reed. It kinda dwarfed his small ignitor Lauson. Wayne Reed's 2-1/2 Leader was outsized by Dad Harold Reed's 7 H.P. Economy and the 6 H.P. Ohio. The other Otto belonged to Ron McVey, along with the handsome 3 H.P. Badger, 3-1/2 H.P. Quincy, 1-1/2 H.P. Domestic and 1/2 HP New Holland.

Another glittering 1/2 HP New Holland was shown by Edgar Miller, ad since John Deeres are scarce around here, Cliff Moyer brought his down from Perkasie, - 1-1/2 HP. From Frederick, Md. came Wm.& Paul Debolt with a Massy-Harris, Novo and Lauson, all 4 HP and a 2 HP Jaeger. Wm. St. John was under the apple tree again pumping water with the Fuller Johnson and Domestic, with a Lauson, Lansing and New Holland keeping in time, the base supplied by the big Witte booming every 20 seconds.

Herb Masten was down again from Northbrook, his 1-1/2 HP New Holland as usual running like a new one. Not many folks had seen a Foos engine, brought up from Eastern Shore, Md. by Eugene Hayes. The Oscar Chapman's were up from West Va. with their camping trailer and the 2 HP Arco and Fuller Johnsons. We all like to see the exhibits of George and Margaret Matthews, this time a real nice Rider-Ericson hot-air engine, a 1 HP Brownwall and Economy and a 1-1/2 HP McCormick Deering.

Sam Jones showed up with a 1926 Model T Ford Pickup and Frank Springer a 1902 Elmore 2 Cylinder car. Dave Sickler came from Woodstown, N. J. with a beautiful display of many insulators of all sizes, shapes, and colors. John and Robert Ritter came with a nice 3 HP Canadian Massey Harris and 2-1/2 HP Bulldog. Ben Clark had his Lister engine in case his windmill stopped turning. H. B. Nicholson brought an Essex Hot Air engine, a Crossley Radio and 2 water powered fans.

At top left Mose Stauffer's famous exhibit of gas, steam and hot air. He made everything, including the boiler-from scratch. Top Center shows John Mast's big 15 HP Columbus, purchased by his Grandfather many years ago, the largest engine at the party. And at Top right is Robert Montgomery, steaming up, just before getting too close to the fire and scorching the whiskers. Bottom Left is Clarence Lintz with his German Fairyman Diesel and his beautiful Aermotor. Bottom Center Mrs. Harold Reed, watching over son, Dave's 5 HP Otto and Waye's 2-1/2 HP Leader, Note Ron McVer's nice Badger under the tree. Bottom right depicts Dick Seibert showing Jim Carpenter how to make a fine adjustment on a marine engine, in case Jim needs to make a quick get-away sometime from the Coast Guard.

We don't have enough space to list all the exhibits, but we did appreciate them all, both restored, and un-restored. It is better to bring an unpainted engine and join in the fun than not to exhibit at all, and maybe you have helped someone see what a part looks like that may be mission on an engine he has at home. (The dates this year are June 8-9 and are listed in the coming events.) Besides the friends and neighbors helping man the food booth and other details, we had the helping hands from start to finish of Lawrence Price, Harrington with his Wisconsin engine and of Burgoyne Frank of Ellicott City with his I.H.C., Witte, Continental, and Cunningham engines. (Be our guest in June again!)