Good Folks and the Stover Junior

Stover Stuff

| April/May 2010

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    Mary Seefeldt-Swanson and her son, Emmit, with their fine Dexter washing machine being driven by a Stover KE. Emmit loves the old engines and can start them himself.
    Photo by Joe Maurer
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    Roger Seefeldt, Freeport, Ill., shows two 1-1/2 HP Stover Model K’s working hard at the Ohio, Ill., show.
    Photo by Joe Maurer
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    4 HP Stover Type YB, serial number 25729, beautifully restored by Bob Jones, and shown here at the EDGE&TA Branch 13 Grass Valley, Calif., show. This engine was shipped to Mitchell Lewis & Staver, Portland, Ore., on Feb. 3, 1911. Stover sold many engines to Mitchell Lewis & Staver.  Bob loves to talk engines so give him a call at (775) 423-6384.
    Photo by Bob Jones
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    Bob Jones and Lorain Forbush, both of Fallen, Nev., with Lorain’s 2 HP Stover upright Type AO, serial number 5935. This engine was shipped to Wooden & Little, Los Angeles, Calif., on May 16, 1907, and is still in very good original condition.
    Photo courtesy of Bob Jones
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    The brass tag from a Stover Junior.
    Photo by Joe Maurer

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In the past few issues, we have been covering Stover history almost exclusively. Originally I wanted this column to be a mix of shared information and a look at Stover people and their “stuff.” So this time we’re getting back to some of our Stover friends out there in engine land.

Roger and Mary
Roger Seefeldt, his sister Mary Seefeldt-Swanson and I do quite a few shows together. Roger has a large collection of Stovers and other neat machines.

The best part of showing engines with Roger and Mary, besides Mary’s good cooking, is that their equipment is always doing something. That makes their display educational and the spectators love it. My show engines are typically big and cumbersome, so most of the time they just sit there running slowly and looking dumb. I do occasionally thresh with a 12 HP Stover screen-cooled portable engine, but not often enough.

We went over to Roger’s the other day to get the serial numbers of his two Stovers. Before we could escape, we had recorded 22 Stover serial numbers and that didn’t include his Stover Duros.



Cold and tired, my granddaughter Sydni and I spent an hour and a half at the museum looking up the numbers. Sydni was a great help. The books are big and heavy and in deep drawers. We make a numerical list of serial numbers and she gets the books out while I record the information.

Bob and Lorain
I’ve talked to many collectors since starting this column and Bob Jones of Fallen, Nev., has become a regular phone pal. His engine restorations are beautiful, as you can see from the photo on the opposite page. The picture of Bob and his good friend Lorain Forbush was taken in Lorain’s equipment yard. One of those fellows is a sidekick, but I’m not sure which way that goes.