Letters and Miscellanies

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1916 7 HP Galloway.
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Far left: 4 HP Friend.
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Left: 1936 5 HP Stover.
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Below: 1936 5 HP International LA.

About 15 years ago, I met Don Hughes, who lives in the small
town of Roan Mountain, Tenn., while I was working for an electrical
power company.

While I was working on power lines next to his home, a friend
asked me if I had ever seen Don’s old engines. I knew of their
existence but that was about all. My friend offered to introduce
me.

Don had about 35-40 engines at that time. All of them had been
completely restored and painted. After seeing these engines and
listening to Don tell me some of their history, I got very
interested in them. He asked me if I was interested in joining the
East Tennessee Antique Engine Association. He said this would be a
good way to find engines and parts. About one year later, I bought
my first engine.

I now have 17 engines completely restored and on carts. I
disassemble all engines, repair or replace parts if needed and
build carts. All of the carts are somewhat different from each
other. Don paints the engines and does any machine work.

I like all engines – ones with original paint, or ones that have
been repainted, broken or with parts missing.

Charlie Oaks
P.O. Box 533
Newland, NC 28657

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