Utah Antique Collectors Finally Organize


| July/August 1986

  • Shorty Probasco's pride and joy
    Shorty Probasco's pride and joy that appeared on GEM's cover, Sept/Oct 1981.
  • Max, surrounded by his collection'
    Max Rasmussen, Cache Junction, Utah, surrounded by his collection.
  • Bruce, with part of his collection'
    Bruce Rogers, President of Utah Antique with part of his collection.
  • Rex A. Whiting trying to run his engines
    Rex A. Whiting trying to keep some of his engines running.
  • Two steam traction engines
    These are two steam traction engines at the show: At left is Orville Gunther and his size Allison, imported from England.
  • The scale Case
    The scale Case owned by Bud Parker and his son Lyle.

  • Shorty Probasco's pride and joy
  • Max, surrounded by his collection'
  • Bruce, with part of his collection'
  • Rex A. Whiting trying to run his engines
  • Two steam traction engines
  • The scale Case

Treasurer Utah Antique Machinery Assoc.

We were strangers until about two years ago, even though we each had a love of mechanical things and were busy doing our own things in our own workshops. GEM played a big part in drawing us together.

A few of us were invited to display our antique treasures at a local antique car show. We were given one corner of the show grounds, and were amazed at the number of tired iron collectors in attendance at the show. Others came over too who can resist the sound of an old one-cylinder engine, putting away at a very slow RPM. What is making that kind of noise? We certainly got our share of attention.

I couldn't begin to guess how many of the people who watched those Maytags run, remembered that unmistakable sound and wanted to tell me about how their mother or grandmother used one to wash their clothes, so many years ago.



The younger generation watched in disbelief to see an open crank Stover governed by hit and miss. Most felt that the old Stover needed some adjustment to smooth out the irregular firing.

Those of us displaying our rusty iron, felt it would be good to organize a Utah Club. Bruce Rogers took the bull by the horn and requested GEM to give him the names of Utah subscribers. This gave us a nucleus of those who might be interested in tired iron.