A Galloway Comes Home

| June / July 2008

This article is a sequel to one published in the November 1993 issue of Gas Engine Magazine, titled “A New Life for an Old New Era.”

The 1993 article described how, in around 1880, farmer, carpenter and maple sugar maker Henry Adams of Wilmington, Vt., designed and built wooden tanks to hold maple sap. The design was patented. The tanks were built in a shop attached to the farmhouse with the assistance of Henry’s two sons, Walter and Leslie. In 1900, Walter later assumed ownership of the farm and business.

In 1910, a separate shop building was constructed and powered by a horse-driven treadmill. A jointer was added to the shop equipment. According to the story handed down in the family, the horse treadmill could not attain sufficient speed to operate the jointer properly.

A 5 HP Galloway engine, serial no. 19226, with a hit-and-miss governor, battery and coil, and make-and-break ignition was installed. This engine powered the shop until replaced at some time with a 5 HP New Era engine. For some reason that has been lost to time, the New Era engine was a disappointment.

Again, according to the story, it was difficult to start and half a day would be spent trying to get it running. The Galloway was repurchased and reinstalled in the shop. The New Era engine was pushed aside in the engine room where it rested for about 70 years. The previous article described how, on July 20, 1992, the New Era was started by John Rex of Chelmsford, Mass. The engine was later purchased by John and is now on display at the Rough and Tumble Museum in Kinzers, Pa.

Walter’s son, Louis, obtained and continued to operate the farm and business, adding a sawmill to the operation to produce the quality pine lumber needed to build the tanks. The Galloway continued to power the shop until a 7-1/2 HP electric motor was installed in 1928, the year electricity came to the area. The Galloway engine was sold again. The shop and equipment have been preserved and are still powered by the electric motor.