This year marks the 100th anniversary of Friend Manufacturing Company of Gasport, New York. Friend Manufacturing Company started as a small bicycle repair business. Later, automobile manufacture was tried but discarded in favor of hand powered pesticide spraying equipment. In 1901, Friend built the first commercial gasoline engine-powered sprayer, beginning a business endeavor that continues to this day. Friend sprayers have been exported to all parts of the United States where volume fruit growing necessitated volume fruit spraying. As early as 1910, over fifty Friend sprayers had been exported to Australia alone. Friend Manufacturing Company, at present, has no plans to publicly commemorate its 100th anniversary.
The township of Newfane is located about fifteen miles northwest of Friend's home in Gasport. Newfane's Historical Society will use its May 1995 Apple Blossom Festival to feature old Friend engines and spray equipment. In the midst of Niagara County's fruit belt, the town of Newfane has been a happy hunting ground for old Friend sprayers and their single flywheel engines.
The Newfane Historical Society invites all Friend single flywheel engine collectors and enthusiasts in the U.S., Canada, and around the world to participate in recognizing Friend Manufacturing Company's 100th anniversary. Short articles about your Friend engines or sprayers, anniversary greetings, photographs of old Friend equipment will be organized into a commemorative book to be exhibited to the public at our Apple Blossom Festival held on May 21, 1995. As a service to Friend collectors, those submitting an engine serial number will receive a reply dating the engine to approximate month and year of manufacture as best we can.
Send correspondence to: 'Bring Your Friends to Newfane,' c/o Dave Dickinson, Chairman, Engine Show Committee, Newfane Historical Society, 6190 Keller Ave., Newfane, NY 14108; phone 716-778-5294 evenings.