R #1, Box 76A Milledgerville, Illinois 61051
I went to a farm sale north of Polo, Illinois, about four years ago. At the sale, I met this man. We got to talking about old engines and steam engines etc. Then he said, 'Carl, I would like to sell you a gas engine.' I asked him what it was, and he said, 'I think it is a side shaft sold by Montgomery Ward and Company. It's about a 1910 engine.'
In the meantime, I went to the show at Zolfo Springs in Florida. When I got back, I went to look at the man's engine to see what it was. He took me out to a little shed or shop. The engine was all covered over with a blanket. What a surprise that was when he took off the blanket. I couldn't believe what I saw!
It was a Bronson 2 HP engine made by Brutt Manufacturing of Vicksburg, Michigan. It was all there and not stuck. It even had the original cart and he also had the catalog that describes the engine!
I had to make a little float for the carburetor, that's all!
The engine runs real nice. I have had it to quite a number of shows including the Portland, Tri-State, and Zolfo Springs shows. It draws a lot of attention, as it is unusual.
The man I bought the engine from lives less than 10 miles from my home. So it goes to show that we don't know what is in some of these old barns and sheds.