The Ladies Page


| July/August 1968



27-44 Twin City tractor

Courtesy of Dorothy B. Smith, Forest Grove Trailer Park, Ontario, , N.Y. 14519

Dorothy B. Smith

Forest Grove Trailer Park Ontario, N.Y. 14519

It is important, especially in these times of unrest and change, that we take a little time and think back to the start of our country. We are all interested in the machines that were used a few years ago, and we are all doing our best to preserve them for our children and grandchildren. This is all very important, but there are other matters of importance also, which should be handed down to future generations. This country was founded by men and women who believed in freedom of religion, freedom of speech and an equal opportunity for all; when the poorest boy could become a millionaire and anyone could become President. At times, I wonder what the future has in store for us as a country, but I have an abiding faith in the people of these United States and that we will remain the greatest country in the world.

It is interesting to me, and I hope to you also, to look back at some of the historical and geographical facts of our country. These were known to us at one time, but over the years they may have been forgotten or not thought of. The names of places in the country reflect its history down through the years. Such Indian names as Susquehanna, Michigan, Canandaigua and Skaneateles are familiar. The early settlers brought names from their native lands such as Boston and New Jersey from England; Rensselaer and Tappan Zee from Holland; Lititz and Hamburg from Germany; Santa Fe and Los Angeles from Spain; Baton Rouge and Eau Claire from France; and in Alaska there are names such as Pribilof and Baranof from Russia. The modern space age has given us Atomic City, Idaho.

Many towns, rivers and mountains are named after military and political heros: Washington, Jefferson, Perry, Lincoln and Houston. The nature of the land suggested descriptive names such as Boiling Springs, High Point, Palm Beach and Bald Knob. Penn Yan was made up because it was settled by families from Pennsylvania and Yankees from New England. The gold and silver rush resulted in such names as Silver City and Gold Creek. The hardy and rough pioneers of the West were responsible for such names as Tombstone, Last Chance, Two Bit Gulch and Chicken Thief Flat. Baltimore, Rochester, Dayton and Cleveland were named after prominent landowners. It is interesting to look at a map and try to figure out the history or reason for the names of the towns, rivers, etc.

A Model W 1922 Cletrac owned by Glen Orbaker, Fairville, N. Y. which was shown at the 1967 Reunion of the PIONEER GAS ENGINE ASSOCIATION, INC. It was used for farming until about 1932. It was then stored in a barn until Glen purchased it in 1962. He had to tighten the tracks and steering bands and install a new magneto.

This 27-44 Twin City tractor, owned by David Shearns of Marion, New York, was shown for the first time at the 1967 Reunion of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, Inc. It was purchased from David Shearer of Carlisle, Pa., who used it for twelve years on a sawmill. It is a four cylinder, 16 valve motor. David put in a complete set of timing gears and some new shafts.