How Your Hobby Started

Chapter XXVIII


| September/October 1973


3904-47th Avenue S., Seattle, Washington 98118

To put the setting of an enjoyable day with collectors of gasoline engines in the proper retrospect, it was not held in Washington, D. C., but in the State of Washington. It was not held at George and Martha Washington's home on the Potomac, but at Bob and Mary Batterberry's home near Puget Sound. It was not held at Mt. Vernon, Virginia, but at a beautiful location in the lush green valley of the Skagitat Mount Vernon. It is just a mile off Hi-Way 5 and they enjoy visitors. It is easy to find as their mailbox has a gasoline engine for a marker.

The trucks and pick-ups started arriving before noon with one or two or three engines in each conveyance. There were about fifty engines on display. Many were running, and several tractors were in use cutting wood and operating a small sawmill cutting Alaska cedar logs.

There were late models of gasoline engines, antique engines and rare one-of-a-kind that is seldom seen. (Another meeting in this district will be held in August.)



Possibly the oldest engines present were a small Olds and a 5 HP Fairbanks-Morse hopper-cooled Type 'N'. The one-of-a-kind was a little 4 HP vertical four cycle, single cylinder 'Clift' marine engine made in Bellingham, Washington. These engines were almost handmade and very few ever reached the market. Two rare engines were on display and running. A 5 HP horizontal, heavy duty single cylinder, four cycle Doack, which was built on the Pacific Coast. Then a twin 'V' cylinder Termott and Monohan was a big attraction, as these engines are very scarce. A couple of interesting chain saws were shown; one was made in Germany.

From Elden Bryant of Broken Kettle Book Service comes Catalog No. 22 of Davis-Colbert Company of St. Joseph, Missouri. This company sold feed mills, sweep power grinders, alfalfa mills, corn shelters, wooden tub power washing machines, farm wagons, an automobile wagon, saw frames, special farming tools and the 'American Boy' gasoline engines. Their trademark was attractive. Imposed on a yellow background was an eagle on top of a spread of American flags in natural colors. Enclosed in an elaborate border design around the flags and eagle were the words 'American Boy' at the top of the insignia and Davis-Colbert Co., St. Joseph, Mo. in red letters at the bottom.














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