Sandwich At Sandwich?

| June/July 1995

69 Dawn Avenue, Piano, Illinois 60545

This year was the home coming again for the Sandwich engine and all other Sandwich Manufacturing Company machinery at their birthplace, Sandwich, Illinois. The 23rd annual Sandwich Early Day Engine Club Show was the scene of this event on June 25 & 26, 1994. This is approximately one-half mile west of the actual site where they were built. The Sandwich Company dates back to the 1860s and up to about 1930 with the engines being built around the 1915 to 1930 era. After that, New Idea took over the company and ceased making the Sandwich in favor of their own. There is a lot of history to be told here but not at this time however. Leading off the display was the Robert Miller and Sons' complete line of Sandwich engines from the Cub to the 10 HP. All models were on original carts and meticulously restored, painted and striped to better than brand new standards. This project has been in progress for many years. Bob was our Grand Marshall this year and is one of our most loyal and helpful members.

Next to Bob's 10 HP was Jim May's exact one-fifth scale model of the 10 HP. Jim designed and built the patterns to make the castings, had them poured, then machined and built the first working model. He sold some castings to other people and several very well done examples were also present and running nicely. What a sight to see!

Another exceptional Sandwich exhibit was Roger Peterson's hay press (circa 1924) complete with a 6 HP Sandwich engine mounted on it. It is the largest one Sandwich made (17 x 22 inch bale). Restoration was finally completed in 1992. It runs perfectly and we were very lucky to have it at the show.

Several Sandwich Early Day Engine Club members have beautifully restored Sandwich engines, all of which were present and running like new. Others came in from a large surrounding area and out of state. It was a very good show of support for the Sandwich Company.

As for the rest of the show, exhibits of all brands were present in growing numbers. Parades, tractor pull, slow race, kiddie tractor pull, flea market, sawmill, courtesy wagons, large farm toy show, arts and crafts, consignment auction, raffles, horseshoe tournament, good food, helpfulness, and friendships came together very well to make this the best show with the largest attendance we've ever had.