New Hampshire Show
Robert Weis's 15 HP IH portable engine
For anyone not familiar with this show, Granite State Gas & Steam Engine Association bills it as the 'Largest Show in New England.' 4,500 people attended their 29th annual event held in Dublin this past September. There were 315 exhibitors showing off 395 gas engines, 112 tractors, 34 steam engines, 155 models, 76 other related engines, and 31 antique autos and trucks.
This was not the first time I'd visited this show while vacationing in New England, but it had been several years. I discovered the Frick Eclipse 8x10 traction engine that I had photographed there in 1993 for the cover of the Steam & Gas Show Directory had done some traveling, too. When I took that picture, it was owned by Bruce Townsend. The engine has since changed hands twice and is currently owned by Willard and Dave Adams and displayed in my own backyard at Rough & Tumble. If these engines could only talk, what interesting stories would materialize.
A beautifully restored 2 HP New Holland engine was shown belted to a feed mill. This engine had been used for belt work around the farm, like corn shelling and water pumping. The New Holland feed mill, built around 1910-1920, had been used to grind corn kernels into smaller pieces for chickens and ducks. This duo belongs to Bob Kubisch of Martinsville, New Jersey.
Below are two views of a 15 HP International-Harvester portable engine owned by Robert P. Weis of Cricket Hill Farm, Dublin, New Hampshire. This screen-cooled engine was manufactured in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1908. Robert's engine was originally used in Ohio for threshing and heavy belt work. It powered an oil well in Ohio for fifteen years continuously.
If you haven't had the chance, see the April 2001 GEM for an article about Lisa and Dan Grenier's collection of Wittes. I had the opportunity to visit with Lisa, while admiring the 2, 3, and 4 HP Witte engines the Greniers brought along for display.
An exhibit which I enjoyed immensely was William Ellis Sr. and his son, Willie II from Farmingdale, Maine. The elder Ellis was showing a 5 HP Type F Alpha DeLaval engine with a serial number of 25097. The brass tag showed the DeLaval Company of Peterboro, Ontario, Canada, but the engine was made by John Lauson.
Greendale engine built by the Greendale Gas Engine Co., of Worcester, Massachusetts. Bill Haxton of Oxford, Massachusetts is the owner of this large engine.
Those engines built by the John Lauson Company were the best known engines marketed by DeLaval. The Alpha engine line, along with their cream separators were available shortly after WWI. Ten-year old Willie was quite the charmer. He's a fixture at Dublin where he's been attending regularly since he was a baby. He enthusiastically demonstrated his DFC #1 rock crusher built by the Denver Fire Clay Company of Denver, Colorado. The crusher is in original condition. Willie hopes to eventually hook it up to a motor. He also has a collection of 35 kick wheels, all different. These were used to operate lathes, dentist drills, etc. Willie is the future for the hobby. I can't give the elder Ellis enough credit for being such a good mentor to his sonit shows!
The next Granite State Gas & Steam Engine Association's Dublin Show will be held on September 8-9. The feature will be Sandwich engines. For information contact Phil Barker at 603-495-3640.