Fuller & Johnson Engines and Cockshutt Tractors

An Interesting Combination Comes Together at the 2002 Dodge County Antique Power Club Show


| April/May 2003



Fuller & Johnson Model DE

Aug. 3-4, 2002, saw the Dodge County Antique Power Club presenting its 34th annual show at its permanent home near the village of Burnett, Wis. The 2002 show featured tractors and machinery made by Cockshutt Farm Equipment Co., Brantford, Ontario Canada, and gas engines made by Fuller & Johnson Manufacturing Co., Madison, Wis., a combination that produced great participation from owners, exhibitors and flea marketers alike, with attendees responding in kind.

Fuller & Johnson Engines

When Fuller & Johnson was proposed as our gas engine feature we were fairly confident it would be a successful feature. After all, Fuller & Johnson engines were built just 50 miles away in Madison, Wis. There are a number of Fuller & Johnson collectors in the area, and quite a few collectors have one or more Fuller & Johnsons in their collections. We weren't disappointed - 35 exhibitors brought approximately 60 Fuller & Johnson items.

Verne Kindschi, Prairie de Sac, Wis., brought his 1914 Model DE 20 HP engine, several models and some of his collection of Fuller & Johnson material. He had production and serial number records, signs and even tools from the factory. Verne and his wife, Pearly, displayed some original Fuller & Johnson factory records, recorded and stored in large old ledger books. They even brought the whistle that once stood atop the Fuller & Johnson factory. Verne, author of The Fuller & Johnson Story and The Fuller & Johnson Story II, is probably the foremost authority on Fuller & Johnson.

Verne Kindschi with his 1914 20 HP Fuller & Johnson Model DE. Introduced in 1905, there were two styles of DE (Double Efficiency) engines, a 'smaller type' and a 'larger type,' The larger type was the only sideshaft engine F&J built.

Harlan Hjermstad came all the way from Kenyon, Minn., with four engines, including a rare 3 HP oil-cooled and a 2-1/2 HP vertical hopper-cooled engine. Don Winkler, Mew Holstein, Wis., displayed a beautifully restored 3 HP oil-cooled engine, and Bill Riddle, Poynette, Wis., brought a 10 HP Model IN.

Dennis Genger, Hartford, Wis., showed four engines, ranging from 1-1/2 HP to 7 HP, and Walter Thomas, also from Hartford, enjoyed running his rare vertical two-cylinder, hopper-cooled 5-8 HP engine. Herb Miller, Waunakee, Wis., brought an equally rare 1928 two-cylinder, radiator-cooled Model LAM. All told, it was a nice selection of Fuller & Johnson engines ranging from the rare to the relatively common.