'Mason & Company'

| August/September 1990

  • 18 HP Parmaco engine
    The club's 18 HP 'Parmaco' engine.
  • Blaker Mill
    Blaker Mill.
  • Steam engine
    Keith Mason's 106-year-old L. Spence steam engine.
  • 4 cylinder Bruce-Macbeth
    250 HP 4 cylinder Bruce-Macbeth.

  • 18 HP Parmaco engine
  • Blaker Mill
  • Steam engine
  • 4 cylinder Bruce-Macbeth

P.O. Box 1754 Clarksburg, West Virginia 26302

Mason & Company is what I call them a group of guys that joined our club in the spring of '89. They are headed up by Keith Mason, along with Jed Mitchell, Gerold Corder, Jack Clayton, George Fizer, and Tom Proud. Every Wednesday evening, they meet at Mason's Machine Shop to saw lumber with an old portable 48 HP Frick steam engine. They also run a narrow gauge railroad that you can ride. They had an interesting set-up at our show that featured a rare 6 HP L Spence steam engine and a 10 HP Spang mounted on the original baling rig. George brought an item called a 'velocipede'. It looks like a wooden bicycle with an outrigger and is used to ride on the rails.

Club members Mark Ware, Russ Carlomany, Mark Sandy, Larry Grinnan and Bob Fultz restored an old 'Parmaco' 18 HP oil well pumping engine in time to get it to the show. Built by Parkersburg Machine Company, it may be the only one left in existence. It was something to watch on the last day when the fuel pressure got low. It would run about three revolutions in one direction and then reverse itself.

Our engine show is held on Labor Day weekend at Jackson's Mill 4-H Camp. Last year (1989) we had 80 exhibitors from 8 states and 225 engines on display. We had a good turnout from the Wood County Flywheelers and our friends from Pennsylvania. We also had five families from the Florida Flywheelers and one couple from California. It is hard to recognize everyone, but we send our appreciation to all of you. President Danny Marshall and his wife handled the four day registration.

Jackson's Mill is under the directorship of Bill Frye, who also sits on the Jubilee board of directors. The Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts & Crafts Jubilee has been a great help in sponsoring our engine show. The Jubilee is a four-day event consisting of Civil War demonstrations, glass blowing, photography exhibits, quilting, and some of West Virginia's finest craftsmen.

Jackson's Mill was the boyhood home of Confederate General 'Stonewall' Jackson. It is a beautiful park located in the western foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and still houses the old original Jackson Grist Mill. Blaker Mill is another old mill that was moved to the park and is being restored.


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