THE LSU RURAL LIFE MUSEUM


| September/October 1977

  • LSU Rural Life Museum

  • 2 HP Fuller & Johnson

  • CASE gas tractor
    View of a CASE gas tractor, 4 cylinders, size CC, No. C336314, Early 1920s.
  • CASE gas tractor
    View of a CASE gas tractor, 4 cylinders, size CC, No. C336314, Early 1920s.
  • McCormick-Deering engine
    Close-up of McCormick-Deering engine.
  • SAMSON gas tractor
    View of a SAMSON gas tractor, 4 cylinders, Model M, No. 18039, lale 1920s.
  • SAMSON gas tractor
    View of a SAMSON gas tractor, 4 cylinders, Model M, No. 18039, late 1920s.
  • SAMSON gas tractor
    View of a SAMSON gas tractor, 4 cylinders, Model M, No. 18039, lale 1920s.

  • LSU Rural Life Museum
  • 2 HP Fuller & Johnson
  • CASE gas tractor
  • CASE gas tractor
  • McCormick-Deering engine
  • SAMSON gas tractor
  • SAMSON gas tractor
  • SAMSON gas tractor

Stationary gas engines and, gasoline tractors are among the many interesting items exhibited at the Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum, at Baton Rouge.

We visited the museum while on tour with a group from the Mississippi Queen steamboat, this past spring. The museum is located on the Burden Research Plantation, a 450-acre property owned by LSU.

Gas engine restorers should visit the museum, and volunteer to do some work on the engines which are in the collection. These include:

An I.H.C. Horizontal, 4 HP, 400 RPM, Serial No. R3551/D; a Fairbanks-Morse, 3 HP, 475 RPM, Serial No. 472816; Fuller & Johnson Mfg. Co., 2? HP, 500 RPM, Serial No. 91453, and a McCormick-Deering by International Harvester, 1? HP, 500 RPM, Serial No. A4737.



The tractors are a Case, 4 cylinders, Size CC, No. C336314, from the early 1920s, and a Samson 4 cylinders, Model M, No. 18039, from the late 1910s.

There is also a scale model of 'The General,' a famous Civil War locomotive. This is a steam-powered working engine built by John Fleitas of Madisonville, La., in the late 1960s. It is on loan from John Q. Kissner.