A Brief Word

| January/February 2000

With this issue we begin the new millennium here at GEM! This also marks the beginning of thirty-five continuous years for what began as a small magazine devoted to all forms of gas power. Ye olde Reflector was one of those people who encouraged Elmer Ritzman to launch the magazine in those early days. Little did anyone know that our hobby would approach the size and scope it has now achieved.

By the time this copy is in your hands it will be mid-December, and we take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy and Joyous Christmas and extend our best wishes for the millennium year of 2000. May the Y2K bugs stay far away from your house and home! We begin with:

35/1/1 Unidentified Garden Tractor Q. Bruce D. West, 10684 Liss Rd., Willis, MI 48191-9722 sends two photos of an unidentified garden tractor with some similarities to the Shawnee. This one is built on a 3 x 5 inch wooden frame and uses a modified Ford Model T engine, and the differential is cut down to 18 inches but is again of Model T origins. The engine flywheel is cut down to 12 inches and the magnets are removed. Does anyone have a  clue regarding this garden tractor?

35/1/2 Country Squire Garden Tractor Q. See the photos of a Country Squire Garden Tractor, s/n 5xxx built in Muskego, Wisconsin. The engine is gone. Any information on this unit would be greatly appreciated. Gene McAtee, 105 Vincent Ave., Pacific, MO 63069.

35/1/3 Elbridge Engine

Thanks to Harvey C. Worthington, 810 S. New St., West Chester, PA 19382 for sending an ad copy of the Elbridge engine. This ad was in the October 27, 1909 issue of the National Grange Magazine. We have never seen an Elbridge engine ... are there any left? Let us know.