| May/June 1973

  • Automated Mail Box
    Courtesy of Gene O. Bollmeier, R. R. 2, Box 172, Marissa, Illinois 62257
    Gene O. Bollmeier

  • Automated Mail Box

Filmore Avenue, Erie, Pennsylvania was born in Green Township on September 10, 1901 and died December 30, 1972. He was a member of the Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania. He was an ardent steam fan. He owned several small engines in immaculate condition in his basement.

Submitted by Jean Green, Secretary, Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society of N. W. Penna.

ARTHUR C. DOUGAN, 60, of 3684 Backus Road, Harborcreek, Pennsylvania passed away December 10, 1972, in the house he was born in on November 13, 1912. He was a retired fruit farmer and thresher. He spent 22 years doing threshing and at the time of his death still had an operating thresher. Mr. Dougan was a member of the Tri-State Historical Steam Engine Association. After becoming interested in antiques, he purchased an restored a tractor for each of his six sons. He is survived by his wife and two daughters also. He displayed many of his engines at the reunions.

Submitted by Jean Green, Secretary, Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society of N. W. Penna.

'AUTOMATED' MAIL BOX - There are rural mailboxes going up in the area that show the ingenuity of the owner, in the forms of miniature farm buildings, covered bridges, wagon wheel standees, etc., but none can approach the originality of this 'automated' mail box now gracing the lane leading to the Gene A. Bollmeier home on the Baldwin Road. Bollmeier, who collects old gas engines as a hobby, used this small model as part of his mail box motif. Of course the magneto is missing, and the gas tank dry, so there is no danger of it starting chug-chugging. Motorists can't quite believe their eyes when they see it. The box has been up only a short time, but Bollmeier says that most cars that pass slow up to get a closer look. -- Grover Brinkman Photo

We thank The Marissa Messenger of Marissa, Illinois for their permission to use the picture and caption.


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