| July/August 1984

  • Charles F. Hargreaves
    Charles F. Hargreaves, president receiving Franklin valveless from Sid Beck, Martin Marietta representative.

  • Charles F. Hargreaves

2910 Maple Road Manistee, Michigan 49660

It was a cold winter night, February 10, 1974, when twenty-one people gathered at the Riverton Township hall in Mason County, half-way between the cities of Scottville and Ludington, Michigan, to the south of U.S. 10 and east of U.S. 31.

At this meeting a club was formed for families interested in restoring and running old gas hit and miss engines, steam engines or other antique equipment.

Names for the club were discussed at the first meeting. Fred Donohue made the motion to name the club Western Michigan Old Engine Club.

Lyle Hanley holds the honor of being the club's first president and remains an active member. It's Lyle's shingle mill that delights many visitors in the making of shingles at the annual show held every year the first full weekend in August.

James Albitis makes a new branding iron each year. He stamps shingles right off the shingle mill during the show. These shingles, with the club's brand on them, are placed for sale to the public.