An Engine's Life

| September/October 2000

1435 Starline Avenue, Osceola, Iowa 50213

It was a normal day in 1922 when they made me and painted me bright green and yellow like a John Deere tractor. I was a Waterloo Boy engine.

My makers stuffed me into the wooden crate and put me on the train. It was a bumpy ride. After I got to Lacelle, Iowa, a farmer came and got me. He put me on the floor of the wagon. It seemed like the horses hit all the rough spots. It seemed like it took forever to get where we were going.

The man said, 'We're finally home in Lacelle.'

Right away he put me to the test. They used me to operate a pumpjack. Pumping water was easy.

The next day the farmer used me for corn grinding and it was hard, but fun. I've never been used that way before. He used me for a buzz saw to cut wood.

But after forty years, I was using lots of oil and I was leaking gas, too. The farmer also got a tractor. So the farmer threw me in a corner of the barn. I felt really bad about myself. He started throwing junk on me. I felt like nothing and there were cobwebs growing on me, also.

Then I got in the way and he took me out. I thought he was going to use me, but he threw me in the ditch with the other old stuff. I felt lonely, cold, wet, abandoned and miserable. I was sinking into the dirt. I felt that no one loved me. I sat there for twenty years or more. My paint was fading and I was rusting away.

One sunny day a man came to Farmer Webb's ditch and stumbled upon me. He said, 'This is what I've been looking for. With a little work I can make this like new.' He dug me out of the dirt and carefully lifted me into his truck.

He washed me and tuned me up. He finally repainted me bright green and yellow. I felt like new! I ran like a champ!

Now I go to all the gas engine shows in the Midwest. My owner sets me up, turns me on, and I sing. People walk by, stop, and admire me. My owner brags about me.

Now I feel proud and good about myself!!

This story was written by Krysta Lee, 14 year old daughter of Robert and Elaine Lee, Robert, Elaine and Krysta are collectors of chain saws, Case tractors, and antique engines. It was sent to us by Gerald Garner, 1435 Starline Ave., Osceola, Iowa 50213.


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